Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta
Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta

Top Places to Catch Georgia Sports with the Family

Sports fans in Georgia have opportunities year-round to catch their favorite teams and players in action. From professional and college football and baseball to professional and amateur motorsports, Georgia is home to scores of fun and family-friendly places to watch exciting matchups.

Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta

The largest free-standing bird sculpture in the world stands 41.5 feet tall at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. - Lesli Peterson

Football pulls in fans to Atlanta to see the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons, the annual SEC Football Championship game and the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl. The Falcons have a new home: Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Major League Soccer team Atlanta United FC also plays in the stadium, which features a one-of-a-kind retractable roof oval and a five-story 360-degree high-definition video halo scoreboard. Mercedes-Benz Stadium will host Super Bowl LIII on Feb. 3, 2019.

SunTrust Park, Atlanta

SunTrust Park in Atlanta

The Atlanta Braves also have a new stadium: SunTrust Park at The Battery Atlanta. Integrated into the lively shopping and entertainment district, the home of the Braves is a premier destination 365 days a year.

Minor League Baseball Stadiums: Gwinnett, Rome, Augusta, Savannah

Family- and budget-friendly minor league baseball in Georgia includes the Gwinnett Stripers and the Rome Braves (both affiliated with the Atlanta Braves); the Savannah Sand Gnats, affiliated with the New York Mets; and the Augusta GreenJackets, a San Francisco Giants farm club. Gwinnett, Rome and Augusta all feature modern ballparks, while Savannah welcomes visiting fans to the historic 1926 Historic Grayson Stadium set amid the trees covered in Spanish moss. Minor league baseball stadiums are incredibly family-friendly, with lots of activities, games, promotions, packages and more.

State Farm Arena, Atlanta

Philips Arena, Facebook

Of course, basketball is another popular option in Georgia, and the NBA's Atlanta Hawks draw cheering fans to downtown Atlanta's State Farm Arena. Set in the heart of Atlanta's Centennial Park District, State Farm Arena is surrounded by more than 2,800 hotel rooms, 25 restaurants, and 15 world-class attractions within walking distance. State Farm Arena is not only home to the Hawks, but to the WNBA's Atlanta Dream, three-time Eastern Conference Champions. 

Colleges: Atlanta, Athens, Statesboro

Sanford Stadium in Athens. Photo by Broad Collective

Amateur sports, especially at Georgia’s many colleges, provide yet another opportunity to take in ballgames on a budget. Baseball, football, basketball and soccer provide possibilities with the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and Georgia State University Panthers in Atlanta, the University of Georgia Bulldogs in Athens, Georgia Southern University Eagles in Statesboro, and many other colleges throughout the state. Many college sports teams cater to their younger fans, offering kids-only clubs, many of which provide in-game goodies, pre-game team walks and stadium activities.

Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame, Atlanta

Photo courtesy of College Football Hall of Fame

College football puts Georgia on everyone's mind with the Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame. The 94,256-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility near Centennial Olympic Park features 30,000 square feet of exhibit space to showcase the game's outstanding athletes and coaches.

Racetracks: Hampton & Braselton

Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Georgia

Motorsports also are popular family-friendly events in Georgia. That's certainly the case at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, where tens of thousands of families flock to see NASCAR races. Along with many family-friendly ticket packages, kids 12 and under get special discounts. Road Atlanta in Braselton, where kids 12 and under are always free, showcases professional and amateur sports car and motorcycle racing in a unique family-friendly setting.

Given all of these possibilities and so many more, it’s easy to see why sports are on the minds of so many Georgia residents and visitors. Just don’t forget to buy some peanuts before you head to your seat.

Published: March 2014