The TOUR Championship hits Atlanta's East Lake Golf Club in less than one month. Preparations for the tournament have been underway for some time and that ball will keep rolling as the event draws closer. This past week, the TOUR Championship committee and its sponsor, Coca-Cola, hosted a golf outing for local media that included a conversation with former winner Bill Haas. Attendees also heard from the championship staff and Coca-Cola about this year's tournament, the state of the game and some of the latest innovations being added to improve the fan experience.
The Atlanta Braves announced the developers Wednesday for the mixed use project that will be part of their new stadium in Cobb County. Three local companies will partner with the Braves to complete the 74-acre, $400 million property. Braves officials says Fuqua Development will build the retail portion of the complex. Pope & Land, a company with roots in Atlanta and Cobb County will help develop the office space, while Pollack Shores Real Estate Group will team with the Braves to develop the residential portions of the project.
The U.S. men’s soccer team may be out of the World Cup, but that didn’t stop legions of American soccer fans from filling Brazilian stadiums to catch all the action. The U.S. had a fairly successful run, beating Ghana and tying with Portugal to survive what many deemed the 2014 World Cup’s “Group of Death.” Belgium eventually sent the team home in the Round of 16, but for many Americans, the excitement of soccer won’t go away with the 2014 World Cup. Soccer won’t replace the NFL or college football anytime soon, but its popularity is rising quickly in the U.S.
"Tips for Running in the Heat" are printed on the back of every Peachtree Road Race bib, but this year, runners enjoyed mild temperatures. “The weather was perfect this year," said Brian Davis of Atlanta, who completed his fourth Peachtree. "It was not too hot. It did not rain. Perfect weather was the difference for me this year.” Runners were especially appreciative of the clear skies after storms made last year's race (and Piedmont Park) a little soggy. The improved conditions meant runners ditched their ponchos this July 4th for more festive attire.
It’s almost July 4th. In Atlanta, before the cookouts and the fireworks, thousands of Atlantans will get up at the crack of dawn to run the annual AJC Peachtree Road Race. The 6.2 mile race starts in Buckhead near Lenox Square mall and ends at Piedmont Park. While all of the racers will strap on their running shoes and race bibs, quite a few runners will be decked out in full costumes.
“Scattered”, “smothered”, and “covered” are just some of the words well known by the Waffle House faithful, but today the culturally iconic restaurant had new words for the Twittersphere: “We believe that we will win!” In light of the U.S. soccer team’s match against Belgium, Waffle House has declared a boycott on Belgian waffles. The Norcross-based restaurant says it has never sold Belgian waffles and never will.
The owners of the team formerly known as the Augusta Riverhawks are betting that the third time out will be the charm for pro hockey in Macon. Team owners Bob and Diane Kerzner joined Macon-Bibb County officials and others Tuesday to formerly introduce the Macon Mayhem. The team follows the Macon Trax and the Macon Whoopee in the annals of professional hockey in Middle Georgia.
Georgia’s sports reporters got a closer look at the upcoming college football season at the annual Pigskin Preview event at the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame in Macon Tuesday. Mercer Bears head coach Bobby Lamb was on hand to talk about the changes to his program just up the hill from the Sports Hall. “I think the biggest challenge for us is going into the Southern Conference. Certainly the speed of the conference will be a lot different than what we played last year,” Lamb said. Mercer finished with a 10-2 record in the Pioneer League last year in what was the team’s debut season. They head into Southern Conference play with their 2013 roster plus some new transfers and some freshmen.
After a raucous scene at Tuesday night’s Cobb County Commission meeting, the ink is drying on contracts that will bring the Atlanta Braves to Cobb County. County Commissioners gave their final approval to the plan Tuesday night that will spend almost $400 million in taxpayer money on the new suburban stadium project. They say the Braves will pay some of that money back in the form of rent. A dozen supporters of the stadium move were able to speak at the evening meeting. Opponents who wanted to speak against the plan to use public dollars for the project did not have a chance.
The Atlanta Braves have released six conceptual renderings of their planned stadium and mixed- use development in Cobb County. Released Wednesday, the drawings are the first look at what the Braves plans entail. The Braves website boasts the new stadium will be more than a state-of- the- art ballpark, and will “redefine the traditional model of a ‘live, work, play’ development as a ‘play work, stay’ destination.