Wednesday, December 28, 2011

The Highlight Factory is Open!

After a convincing win in New Jersey on Tuesday, the Hawks begin production at the Highlight Factory tonight when the Washington Wizards visit for a 7:30pm tip. We're excited to kick off what is sure to be a fun season!

Are you coming out to play?

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Monday, December 19, 2011

Rammstein - Made in Germany 1995 - 2011

As Rammstein celebrates the release of their first retrospective album, Made in Germany 1995 - 2011, guitarist Paul Landers hints at what fans can expect from the stage savvy band's forthcoming North American tour, which stops at Philips Arena on April 23.

"It's always a major challenge for us to build a new show," explains Landers. "It starts with a tiny crew and ends up with 23 trucks. We do try to keep it minimal, but it always becomes more rather than less.  It's not our fault, we're natural show-offs."

Rammstein has become known the world over for their incendiary and decadent live performances. Fans by the tens of thousands regularly fill arenas and stadiums to take part in what is a wholly unique experience that blends the band's bombastic music with a pyrotechnic-laden, rock music wonderland. The Los Angeles Times smartly described a Rammstein show as "... epic stagecraft on a Wagnerian scale, several notches up from most arena rock." 

Rammstein brings their unpredictable, crazy, creative live performance to Philips Arena on April 23. Here's a glimpse of Rammstein's live performances and the full tour dates for the Made in Germany 2012 tour:

Tickets to the April 23 performance at Philips Arena are available HERE!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Introducing RED

We are thrilled to announce the plans for our first-of-its kind new restaurant – RED! In collaboration with The Johnson Studio, Buckhead Life Restaurant Group, and Levy Restaurants, the new $2-million restaurant will be open for Hawks games and other events in February 2012. Three key design elements were incorporated to make RED’s dining experience unique to Atlanta and to the arena and stadium industry at large. They include:
·         Tiered level seating within the restaurant and bar space allowing for optimal visibility of the court from inside
·         Terraced sit-down dining accommodations within the Arena seating bowl providing for a premium view of the action on the floor
·         A centrally located show kitchen for guests to enjoy the excitement of chefs preparing meals
“The restaurant sort of evolved from what we realized was a growing need for a sit down dining experience for our nonpremium customers,” said Ailey Penningroth, vice president, brand strategy and corporate communications, Atlanta Hawks and Philips Arena. Penningroth explained that client feedback was the motivation to start thinking about creating a new dining experience. 

The Johnson Studio, a local design firm, is designing the 250-seat, 10,000-sq.-ft. space, which used to be occupied by a restaurant called Headlines Bar and Grill. While many venues provide loge seating, the new restaurant will feature the three key design features mentioned above to accommodate our guests. We removed seven rows of regular seating, or 400 seats, in order to make room for the restaurant.

 The menu will feature some venue favorites as well as new items. “There are probably only 30 percent of the items that you would find elsewhere in the venue. We wanted to create a menu that was appealing to a broad range of people, because when you’ve got 20,000 guests, you’ve got a lot of tastes and palates,” said Penningroth. “We wanted this to be inviting to everybody. Everyone from a couple going out on a date to a family coming out with their kids, to a businessperson bringing a client.” Some signature items include a crab cake BLT, lollipop chicken wings, a signature burger, and pizza. 
RED will open 90 minutes before Hawks games, concerts, and other events, and we plan to keep the restaurant open an hour to 90 minutes after events close, depending on traffic.  

Have a menu suggestion? Leave us a comment with your ideas!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Celebrate the Season - The Story Tour: A Christmas Spectacular

Celebrate the Season with us this Thursday at 7PM when The Story Tour: A Christmas Spectacular comes to Philips Arena. The Story Tour: A Christmas Spectacular is a musical journey from Genesis to Revelations and includes many of your favorite Christmas carols, performed by a stellar line-up of the top names in Christian music. To celebrate the season, we're giving you the chance to win tickets to see the show plus The Story Tour CD & DVD prize pack (valued at $149!)

To enter to win, visit our Facebook page and share The Story Tour Facebook post with your friends by 10AM on Wednesday! The winner will be selected at random and notified Wednesday afternoon.

The Story Tour: A Christmas Spectacular is a moving musical experience that you and your family will not want to miss. Click here to purchase tickets!