The Atlanta Hawks Always Flying High
In 1946, the Atlanta Hawks joined the National Basketball League, although back then they were the Buffalo Bisons. They were located in Buffalo for only thirteen games of their inaugural season, moving to finish off the season in Moline, Illinois and becoming known as the Tri-city Blackhawks.
In the merger of 1949, the NBL and the Basketball Association of America formed the National Basketball Association, making the Blackhawks one of the first 17 teams to join. In 1951 the team was moved to Milwaukee and became the Hawks. 1955 brought about another move, this time to St. Louis, where they stayed until 1968 when they moved to Atlanta where they remain.
The Atlanta Hawks are much loved in their community and for good reason. The players and staff regularly participate in programs and charities that benefit the less fortunate in their community. They are very involved in helping underprivileged children as well, giving them a hand up and helping the kids to improve their lives and circumstances as much as possible. The local chapter of the Boys and Girls Club seems to be a favorite of the team, helping many children to stay off the streets and achieve success in school and later in life.
Philips Arena is the 213.5 million dollar home of the Atlanta Hawks. The arena seats more than 19,000 people and in 2009 was named one of the top venues for both basketball and concerts or other events. The arena was built to replace the old and deteriorating Omni Coliseum and features see-through shot clocks, giving fans seated behind the baskets a better view. The old scoreboard from the Omni is located in the lobby, providing information relevant to the game to those not in their seats.
Although they have only won one championship, the Atlanta Hawks are consistent division champions, often winning themselves a shot at the championship game. The first half of this decade was not the best in the team’s history; however, 2007 saw a great improvement in performance, taking the team to third place in their division. The 2009/2010 season has so far been a successful one, with the team winning most of their games.
Despite their rocky history, the Atlanta Hawks are an integral part of professional basketball history in the United States. They may not have many championships to their name, but the team is a consistent winner with high scoring games.
Located in one of the best known cities in the South, the area is rich in history, tradition, and there is plenty to do and see. So, even if you don’t live in the Atlanta area, make a vacation out of it and get to a Hawks game if you can. You won’t be disappointed.
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