Atlanta Hawks: How State Farm Arena Is Becoming Its Own Mecca

Atlanta Hawks. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports
Atlanta Hawks. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports /

The Atlanta Hawks have arrived on the contending scene, and have State Farm Arena backing them up. This season was a sure-fire success despite succumbing to the Milwaukee Bucks in the Eastern Conference Finals.

Unlike many squads, their home crowd had the full capacity and fans galore during the most important stretch of basketball.

State Farm Arena, like the competitive Hawks, is new to the game.

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The spot was famously known as Philips Arena before a naming rights acquisition before the 2018-19 NBA season. Like the namesake of their building, the Hawks transitioned as well.

They were fresh off of seasons in the playoffs.

Draft fate brought them their new all-star, Trae Young. Young and their core are laying the foundation for their future. Both are nestled as the hottest ticket in town on a nightly basis.

Not many teams have managed to create this kind of atmosphere. Atlanta sports fans have a unique passion that’s blended by their melting pot.

Fans of all creeds and colors drape themselves in the classic black and red to give the franchise a nightly sixth man.

The arena is shaken by the energy that all fans bring from their seats. While writing this, I can still hear the sounds of “defense” chants and see swirling red rags in my visions.

Both the Los Angeles Lakers and New York Knicks have their share of celebrity row. Like them, the Hawks have their own, such as artists like Gucci Mane, or the legendary Chris Tucker. Even a hometown kid and opponent Dwight Howard stops through for the festivities.

What’s an arena without the sounds? Nobody does it like the Hawks. The talented Sir Foster can tune his organ to any hit that Big Tigger may throw on the turntable.

And when those two aren’t tag-teaming to keep fans moving, there are concerts to be had. You may get to enjoy the nostalgia of Big Boi of OutKast. The new movement in music is headlined by 21 Savage and Lil Baby, two artists that’s graced the Hawks hardwood.

It’s only right that the shift in music and basketball both intersect in the city of Atlanta.

Most important is the comradery. The Hawks are aware of their 6th man when in their domain. The fans have a special relationship with Young that extends to every part of their young core. Cam Reddish gets love. Kevin Huerter is Atlanta’s precious redheaded son. John Collins is a personality that reflects the entertaining nature of an everyday ATLien.

On the nights where they’re tired and lethargic, their fans give them their boost. State Farm Arena is a special place. If the Hawks are going to continue their rise, so must the energy growing in State Farm. It’s been a long time since the city has had this level of basketball confidence.

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It can only continue rocketing through the roof. State Farm Arena will surely house the launching pad.