February is a big month for sports fans. Between the Super Bowl and the Winter Olympics, there are a lot of opportunities to explore and celebrate sports that fans across America love to follow.
Atlantans also have opportunities to delve deeper into local sports and meet athletic legends this month.
Sports fans can go behind the scenes at the Atlanta Braves’ and Falcons’ home stadiums, experience what it is like to be a football player, mingle with Olympic athletes and see some sports-themed art.
Here are three things for people with sports fever to to do in Atlanta.
Meet Olympians And See A Sports Exhibit at The Center for Civil and Human Rights
The Center for Civil and Human Rights recently opened the exhibit “Breaking Barriers: Sports for Change.” The exhibit shows how athletes use their celebrity for social justice and is in Atlanta through Feb. 18. Featured are remarkable leaders such as Muhammad Ali, Jackie Robinson, Billie Jean King, Venus Williams and Jesse Owens, as well as current athletes who are overcoming barriers of race, disabilities, gender and sexual orientation. In conjunction with the exhibit, the Center is having a Winter Olympics Reception on Feb. 6 from 6 to 9 p.m. for visitors to mingle with Olympians and noted sport professionals to celebrate the opening of the Winter Olympics! Confirmed attendees include Dr. Tommie Smith, 1968 Olympic Gold Medalist; Nicki Collen, Atlanta Dream head coach; and Mel Pender, 1968 Olympic Gold Medalist.
Go behind the scenes at Mercedes-Benz Stadium or SunTrust Park
Take a tour to experience the signature features of Mercedes-Benz Stadium, including stops at locker rooms, the field, Window to the City, Skybridges and 100 Yard Club. Whether you are a die-hard Falcons fan, an Atlanta United supporter, or interested in a guided walk to explore the architecture, technology, or art within the space, tours are able to be customized for your interests. Tours are offered daily between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m., and cost $20 to $25.
Take a Tour of SunTrust Park to learn more about the Atlanta Braves’ home stadium. Tour stops include the Xfinity Rooftop, TV broadcast booth, press box, Hank Aaron Terrace, monument garden, press conference room, dugout, batting cages, Braves Clubhouse, Coors Light Below the Chop, Terrapin Taproom, Hope & Will’s Sandlot and more! Tours are available Monday through Saturday at 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. For $12 to $20.
Get The Full Fan Experience At The College Football Hall Of Fame
What is it like to be a football player on the field? Atlanta’s College Football Hall of Fame gives football fans the opportunity to step onto a 45-yard field with a regulation goal post, end zone and high definition video board. While you’re there, also check out the special exhibit “2017 Hall of Fame Salute: Specialty Exhibit Delivered by UPS,” on display through Spring 2018. The exhibit features seven game-worn jerseys, three helmets and other unique artifacts, including a letterman jacket worn by former Texas Longhorn offensive tackle Bob McKay and the Outland Trophy won by Mike Ruth (Boston College) in 1985.