The Hawks will indeed host the Mavericks tonight at Philips Arena. But it was close.
Inclement weather hit the metro-Atlanta area Wednesday, prompting schools and businesses to close. A state of emergency was declared in north Georgia. A winter storm warning is in effect until 10 a.m. Thursday.
No official word from the NBA ever came as to the postponement of the game. However, Hawks employees were sent home early, members of the statistical and security crews were told not to report to the arena and Hawks players were informed the game had been postponed. The Mavericks had a 5 p.m. bus scheduled from their team hotel - to either take them to the arena or the airport.
At 3:45 p.m., notification came to team and arena employees that the game would go on as planned.
The Hawks said fans who purchased tickets but were unable to attend the game can return them for a refund through the original point of purchase such as the team ticket office or Ticketmaster. All refunds must be requested by Friday at 5 p.m.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s news partner, Channel 2 Action News, maintains a list of cancellations, closings and delays. Check the list for updates .
Staff writer Chris Vivlamore compiled this report.