The Atlanta Dream played at State Farm Arena. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM
Photo: HYOSUB SHIN / AJC
Photo: HYOSUB SHIN / AJC

Dream moving to new arena in College Park

The Dream have a new home.

The WNBA team announced Friday it will play next season at a 3,500-seat arena in College Park near Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

Gateway Center Arena is scheduled to open next week in a complex that includes the Georgia International Convention Center. The $45 million facility was built primarily to serve as the home of the Hawks' new NBA G League franchise, the College Park Skyhawks.

The Dream have played at 17,000-seat State Farm Arena in downtown Atlanta, but could not work out a deal with the Hawks for the 2020 season. This past season, the Dream ranked next-to-last in WNBA attendance at 4,270 per game.

Gateway Center Arena is about 11 miles south of State Farm Arena.

The Dream also unveiled their new brand, marking the first change since the team’s inception in 2008. The Dream will have a new logo and color palette, along with a new court design and updated uniforms to be revealed before the 2020 season.  

In a news release, the Dream said the new primary logo is composed of a combination of icons that relate directly to Atlanta and its history. “The rising phoenix symbolizes the city’s rise from the ashes of the Civil War to become a world city. The shooting star ties the Dream back to its roots and is prominent within the formal logo. Finally, the basketball represents the game we pour everything we have into each day. All of these elements, which come together in a badge, will create a commitment to a winning team in an unparalleled city.”

The color palette consists of red, light gray, dark gray, white and light blue.

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