Omni Coliseum

Arena in Georgia, United States

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Omni Coliseum
"The Omni"
Omni Coliseum 1979.jpg
The Omni in 1979
Location100 Techwood Drive
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
United States
Coordinates33°45′27″N 84°23′48″W / 33.75750°N 84.39667°W / 33.75750; -84.39667Coordinates: 33°45′27″N 84°23′48″W / 33.75750°N 84.39667°W / 33.75750; -84.39667
OwnerCity of Atlanta
OperatorCity of Atlanta
CapacityBasketball:
16,181 (1972–1977),
16,400 (1977–1984),
16,522 (1984–1987),
16,451 (1987–1988),
16,371 (1988–1990),
16,390 (1990–1991),
16,425 (1991–1992),
16,441 (1992–1993),
16,368 (1993–1994),
16,378 (1994–1997)
Hockey:
15,078 (1972–1973),
15,141 (1973–1977),
15,155 (1977–1983),
15,278 (1984–1997)
Construction
Broke groundMarch 30, 1971[1]
OpenedOctober 14, 1972
ClosedMay 11, 1997
DemolishedJuly 26, 1997
Construction cost$17 million
($104 million in 2019 dollars[2])
ArchitectThompson, Ventulett, Stainback & Associates
Structural engineerPrybylowski and Gravino, Inc.[3]
Services engineerLazensky & Borum, Inc.[4]
General contractorIra H. Hardin Company[3]
Tenants
Atlanta Hawks (NBA) (1972–1997)
Atlanta Flames (NHL) (1972–1980)
Atlanta Chiefs (NASL Indoor) (1979–1981)
Atlanta Attack (AISA/NPSL) (1989–1991)
Atlanta Knights (IHL) (1992–1996)
Atlanta Fire Ants (RHI) (1994)

Omni Coliseum (often called The Omni) was an indoor arena in Atlanta, Georgia, United States. Completed in 1972, the arena seated 16,378 for basketball and 15,278 for hockey. It was part of the Omni Complex, now known as the CNN Center.

It was the home arena for the Atlanta Hawks of the National Basketball Association from 1972 until the arena's closure in 1997 and the Atlanta Flames of the National Hockey League from their inception in 1972 until 1980, when the franchise was sold and relocated to Calgary, Alberta. It also hosted the 1977 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, the 1988 Democratic National Convention, and the 1996 Summer Olympics indoor volleyball competition.

The Omni was closed and demolished in 1997. Its successor, State Farm Arena, was constructed on the Omni's site and opened in 1999.

  1. ^ "Georgia News Briefs". Rome News-Tribune. March 30, 1971. Retrieved March 28, 2012.
  2. ^ Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Retrieved January 1, 2020.
  3. ^ a b "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-05-14. Retrieved 2012-05-21.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "A Great Space". Engineering News-Record. McGraw-Hill Companies. 189 (2): 12.

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