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TURNER UNVEILS DESIGN PLAN FOR NEW DOWNTOWN ARENA
Published October 10, 1997
Turner Sports & Entertainment unveiled design plans yesterday for its $213M development project in downtown Atlanta, which includes a new arena for the Hawks and Atlanta's new NHL expansion team. The arena, and the surrounding 12-acre development, is scheduled to be completed in September of '99. The arena will be built on the former site of the Omni Coliseum (TBS). In Atlanta, Unger & Saporta wrote that the arena will have "steel trusses supporting three sweeping roofs that resemble cards being fanned." The trusses will spell out "Atlanta" on one side and "CNN" on the other. Braves & Hawks President Stan Kasten: "We wanted it to be instantly recognizable and to make a statement -- at least as recognizable as the Sydney Opera House." The new arena's luxury suites will be "open" with no glass and will also be "stacked vertically," instead of horizontally around the arena, so fans will be "closer to the action." Also, 60% of the seats are either in the lower level or premium area (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 10/9). The Hawks will play their home games at both the Georgia Dome and on the campus of Georgia Tech ("Fox Sports News," 10/9). For a visual of the plan, see www.accessatlanta.com.