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.