Philips Arena's $192.5 million transformation began last summer with the demolition of a six-level wall of suites on the west side of the arena and the addition of a court-side club behind one basket. Phase 2 proceeded behind the scenes during the Hawks' 2017-18 season. Phase 3, the culmination of the project with up to 800 workers on site daily, began April 22, 12 days after the Hawks' final game of the season.
When the makeover is completed this fall, the arena’s seating capacity will be about 17,500, down from 18,047 before renovations began.
The transformation will bring a wide range of non-traditional premium seating areas (think couches and cabanas), a reduced number of suites, several new clubs, a new center-hung scoreboard/video board three times the size of the previous board, 360-degree open concourses, even a barber shop and Topgolf simulators.
A high-tech, multi-media preview center, which opened in March at CNN Center, allows prospective seat and suite buyers to see the arena as it will exist in October.
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