Atlanta set to unveil Philips Arena

ATLANTA -- This year, Atlanta is the place to be for sports enthusiasts and thrill-seekers.

Sports buffs will want to check out Philips Arena, which is scheduled to open in September.

The sports and entertainment facility will be home to the National Basketball Association's Atlanta Hawks and the National Hockey League expansion team, the Atlanta Thrashers.

The Thrashers will join the NHL for the 1999-2000 season and will play 41 regular season games beginning in October. The 20,000-seat Philips Arena also will host concerts, stage and theatrical performances, family shows and meetings.

Restaurants and retail stores will be located in a covered atrium linked with the CNN Center to serve as a meeting place and for pregame entertainment. Clients seeking an adrenaline rush can visit Six Flags Over Georgia, where the Georgia Scorcher is slated to debut this spring.

The stand-up roller coaster has a 107-foot peak and will reach speeds of 54 miles per hour, sending riders through 3,000 feet of twists, loops and spiral turns. The Georgia Scorcher, located in the Georgia section of the park, will join the park's seven other roller coasters: the Dahlonega Mine Train, the Great American Scream Machine, the MindBender, the Georgia Cyclone, the Ninja, the Viper and Batman the Ride.

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