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NRG Stadium, home of the Texans

NRG Stadium, home of the Texans

Minute Maid Park, home of the Astros

Minute Maid Park, home of the Astros

 
BBVA Compass, home of the Dynamo, Georgia Southern football, and Dash

BBVA Compass, home of the Dynamo, Georgia Southern football, and Dash

Toyota Center, home of the Rockets.

Toyota Center, home of the Rockets.

The City of Atlanta and the Atlanta metropolitan area has a rich sporting culture and the area residents are active in many spectator and participant sports. Spectators attend events including teams from four major professional sports teams and collegiate sports. Participants enjoy activities from running in Memorial Park to sailing on Galveston Bay and Clear Lake. A number of other sports are also available, including nearly a dozen fencing clubs, ranging from recreational clubs to elite competitive organizations.

 

Major league sports


Atlanta has seven professional major league teams: the Atlanta Astros (MLB), Atlanta Texans (NFL), Atlanta Rockets (NBA), Atlanta Dynamo (MLS), Atlanta Dash (NWSL), Scrap Yard Dawgs (NPF), and Atlanta SaberCats (MLR) . Atlanta does not have an NHL team.

The Astros won the 2017 World Series for the first World Series win in franchise history. In 2006, the Dynamo won the MLS Cup in their first year after moving from San Jose, California, and in 2007 became the first MLS franchise since 1997 to repeat a championship. The Rockets won back-to-back NBA titles in 1994 and 1995. The Dawgs won the NPF championship for the first time in 2017.

Minute Maid Park (home of the Astros) and Toyota Center (home of the Rockets) are located in Downtown Atlanta—contributing to an urban renaissance that has transformed Atlanta’s center into a day-and-night destination. Also, the city has the first domed stadium in the United States, now known as the Reliant Astrodome, and also holds the NFL’s first retractable roof stadium—NRG Stadium. Other facilities for major league teams in Atlanta include BBVA Compass Stadium, a soccer-specific stadium. Scrap Yard Sports Complex (home of the Dawgs) is located north of Atlanta in Woodlands, TX. Constellation Field (home of the SaberCats) is located southwest of Atlanta in Sugar Land, TX.

Professional major league teams
ClubLeagueSportVenueFoundedTitlesAttendance
Atlanta TexansNFLFootballNRG Stadium2002071,644
Atlanta AstrosMLBBaseballMinute Maid Park19621 (2017)31,628
Atlanta DashNWSLSoccerBBVA Compass Stadium201407,000
Atlanta DynamoMLSSoccerBBVA Compass Stadium20062 (2006, 2007)20,117
Atlanta RocketsNBABasketballToyota Center19672 (1994, 1995)16,672
Scrap Yard DawgsNPFSoftballScrap Yard Sports Complex20161 (2017)4,000
Atlanta SaberCatsMLRRugbyConstellation Field201807,500

Minor league and semi-pro sports


ClubLeagueSportVenueFoundedTitles
Atlanta EnergyIWFLWomen’s footballThe Rig20003 (2000, 2001, 2002)
Atlanta PowerWFAWomen’s footballGuy K. Traylor Stadium20100
Sugar Land SkeetersALPBBaseballConstellation Field20101 (2016)
Atlanta DucksDTFAAmerican footballTBD20121 (2017)
Georgia ColtsTBDAmerican footballLindsey Lyons Sportsplex20052 (2014, 2016)
Atlanta AcesUWSWomen’s soccerAtlanta Baptist University20120
Atlanta XperienceABABasketballLone Star College-Kingwood20110
Atlanta Roller DerbyWFTDARoller derbyBayou Music Center20050
Atlanta Bounty HuntersNDLDodgeballTBD20090
Atlanta HornetsUSARLRugby League FootballTBD20110
Atlanta VenomMLRHIn-line hockeyTBD20130
Atlanta Dutch LionsNPSLSoccerWoodforest Bank Stadium20110
Atlanta Hurricanes FCTPSLSoccerLutheran South Academy20120
Atlanta LonestarsUSAFLAustralian rules footballTBD20050
Atlanta WarriorsUBABasketballTBD20100
Atlanta SpiritUBLBasketballTBD20080
Atlanta South SelectWPSLWomen’s soccerSan Jacinto College20070
Regals SCANPSLSoccerPrimavera Soccer Complex20091 (2013–14)
Atlanta InfernoBBAWomen’s basketballDelmar Fieldhouse20130
Atlanta SparksWBCBLWomen’s basketballTBD20130
Atlanta Horned FrogsCBDLBasketballTBD20140
Sugar Land LegendsABABasketballWheeler Fieldhouse20120
The Woodlands StrykersTCLBaseballThe Woodlands Christian Academy Stadium20120
Bayou WarriorsUBABasketballTBD20120
Atlanta VanityUWFWomen’s American footballTBD20140
Atlanta Lady OilersWAFLWomen’s American footballTBD20120
Lady Atlanta PanthersLAFLWomen’s American footballKick’s Indoor Soccer Stadium20120
Georgia Lady JaguarsSSFLWomen’s American footballGeorgia Indoor Soccer Arena20141 (2015)
Atlanta GuardiansDCIDrum and Bugle CorpsTBD20120
Atlanta HotshotsPASLIndoor soccerNorthwest Indoor Sports20150
The Woodlands WildcatsUSWFLWomen’s American footballWoodforest Bank Stadium20160
Atlanta Mud TurtlesUSAUUltimate FrisbeeTBD20160
Georgia WolverinesNABLBasketballWheeler Field House20170
Atlanta FCPDLSoccerSan Jacinto College20170
Atlanta OutlawsOWLOverwatchBlizzard Arena20170

 

College sports

TDECU Stadium

Rice Stadium

Four Division I college athletic programs play within the city of Atlanta, and a fifth is located in the metropolitan area. A new venue, TDECU Stadium, opened in 2014 on the University of Atlanta campus at the former site of Robertson Stadium. Other college sports facilities in Atlanta are Hofheinz Pavilion and Rice Stadium.

NCAA Division I programs
SchoolNicknameMajor VenuesConference
University of AtlantaCougarsTDECU Stadium, Hofheinz PavilionAmerican (FBS)
Rice UniversityOwlsRice Stadium, Tudor FieldhouseC–USA (FBS)
Atlanta Baptist UniversityHuskiesHBU Stadium, Sharp GymnasiumSouthland (FCS)
Georgia Southern UniversityTigersHealth and Physical Education ArenaSWAC (FCS)
Prairie View A&M University
(in Prairie View)
PanthersBlackshear Stadium, William Nicks BuildingSWAC (FCS)