Hosting the 2019 Super Bowl has put Atlanta on the radar of NFL fans, but the South’s largest city has much more than one big game to offer those who love sports. Cheer on the home team from the stands, play around yourself or gather with other diehard fans in our favorite spots for sports fans headed to Atlanta.

Sun glints off the multifaceted dome of the new Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta, with the skyline behind it at sunset
Sporting events loom large in Atlanta © Gene Phillips / ACVB &

See Atlanta sports first-hand

Mercedes-Benz Stadium

Whether you’re looking to see the Dirty Birds in action or want to see players bend it like Beckham, your destination is Mercedes-Benz Stadium, which hosts games for both the Atlanta Falcons football team and the city’s MLS Cup-winning soccer team, Atlanta United FC. The soccer games are especially lively, drawing record-breaking crowds since the team first hit the field in 2017. If you drive a Mercedes Benz, you can park in the Loyalty Lot for free.

The Battery Atlanta

Are you in love with the Atlanta Braves? Then head to the Battery, the entertainment complex where the celebrated baseball team moved in 2017. Watch the team dominate at SunTrust Park, or head over to one of the Battery's many restaurants and bars to watch the game with other fans without having to purchase a ticket. Sports & Social has more than enough space for you and your crew – not to mention TVs aplenty and activities like skee-ball and air hockey. If you can find a spot, parking at the Battery is free for up to two hours.

Front view of the Atlanta Braves logo at the SunTrust Stadium right out
SunTrust Park is the home of the Atlanta Braves ©

State Farm Arena

Formerly known as the Philips Arena, the State Farm Arena in the heart of Downtown Atlanta is home to both men’s and women’s basketball teams, the Atlanta Hawks and the Atlanta Dream. Fans can get a taste of Atlanta with onsite restaurants such as Gio’s Little Italia and J.R. Crickets, and concessions won’t break the bank: beers are just $5 and both bottomless popcorn and soda ring up at $4.

Facade of the modern-looking college football hall of fame in Atlanta Georgia, on a sunny day
The College Football Hall of Fame is a major destination for sports fans © James Duckworth / ACVB &

Get in on the sports action

Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame

Both engaging and interactive, the Chick-Fil-A College Football Hall of Fame is a shrine for fans of this popular American sport. Offering 45-yard indoor football field, children’s activities and so much more, this museum is three stories and nearly 100,000 square feet of pure football fun. Plus, it’s located just minutes away from State Farm Arena and the Mercedes-Benz Stadium, making it an easy add to your sports-themed itinerary.

Andretti Indoor Karting & Games

Grab the gang and get ready for a good time. Andretti Indoor Karting & Games is a one-stop shop for everything adventure is made of. From go-karting and bowling to a ropes course and laser tag, there’s plenty to burn off any excess adrenaline you might be experiencing after a tough loss (or exciting win) by your favorite team. And yes, they have a bar.

Dick Lane Velodrome

For fans of cycling, the Dick Lane Velodrome is a true treat. Constructed in 1974, this velodrome – commonly known as a “track” – is one of only 22 active velodromes in the country. Located south of Downtown Atlanta in East Point, the track is open to all ages. It is recommended to take one of the free youth cycle classes (16 years or younger) or $60 four-day track certification class (17 years and older) before riding, but there are plenty of activities for spectators, too. And admission is always free during events, except for the Pro Race Series.

Facade of 656 sports bar, a one-story building in gold brick with an aluminum mid-century roof signage
The 656 Sports Bar & Grille is one of the best places in Atlanta to catch a game © Ni'Kesia Pannell / Lonely Planet

Best spots in Atlanta to watch a game

Doc's Food & Spirits

Located less than five minutes down the road from The Battery, Doc’s is one of the best-kept secrets in Atlanta. Equipped with pool tables, a stocked bar and an impressive menu, this venue treats everyone like family. Visitors should be cautioned, however,that this is not a smoke-free zone, though there is outside seating (with a fire pit in winter) for those who prefer to avoid the smell.

Dugan’s Restaurant

A true Atlanta staple since 1982, Dugan’s wasted no time becoming of the top go-to spots to view sporting events. Known for their irresistible wings, the restaurant has developed a loyal following among locals and is one of the first places suggested to those visiting from out of town. And while it’s especially crowded on days the local sports teams are playing, there’s never a dull day or moment here.

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TVs stretch along the bar at Stats © ACVB Marketing

Stats Brewpub

Located Downtown, within walking distance of both the Mercedes-Benz Stadium and State Farm Arena, Stats is a spacious and welcoming spot to watch your favorite team take home a win. Pick a local beer from the dozens on tap, or grab a bite from the extensive menu, which features everything from traditional game day snacks like nachos to entrees like seared salmon.

656 Sports Bar & Grille

If you’re looking for a new place to call a favorite, 656 just might make the cut. Located just minutes from the former Turner Field, this contemporary bar will have any and every sports game playing on one of its many TVs. And if you happen to stop by at lunchtime on a weekday, be sure to take advantage of the $6.56 lunch deals!

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