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The Atlanta Hawks are using a high-tech virtual tour to give current and potential season ticket holders a glimpse of their renovated arena.

With Philips Arena currently undergoing major renovations Tell Authentic And Replica NFL Jerseys , the Hawks recently launched ”The Preview,” an interactive tour of the transformed arena in downtown Atlanta located between Mercedes-Benz Stadium and Centennial Olympic Park. The tour was opened about a month ago while the arena is currently in the final phase of its $192.5 million renovation.

Hawks CEO Steve Koonin said there is no other experience like the preview center in the NBA.

Thousands of potential suite and seat buyers have already taken the tour held in a 2,500-square-foot space, which is located on CNN Center property. The tour is promoting the revamped arena on several large 70-inch screens as a premiere entertainment venue for basketball games, concerts and events.

Ticket holders in the suites, cabanas or verandas don’t just use them for Hawks games, the tickets are good for all events at Philips Arena – with food and beverages all included. But the Hawks home games are the primary hook.

”It’s going to be a social place unlike anywhere else in the NBA,” Koonin said. ”All of our research told us that people don’t want to sit down in a chair eating a hot dog out of aluminum foil and watch a game. They want a great night out. … Think Vegas pool meets sporting event.”

”The Preview” offers a before-and-after look at the various amenities from the 360-degree concourse, rapper Killer Mike’s barber shop, Zac Brown’s BBQ restaurant, fantasy golf area, club lounge and premium seating areas with couches and cabanas. The tour, which the Hawks dub as somewhat of a ”Disney ride,” also provides a look at the new state-of-the-art video board system, which is three times larger than the current one.

The Hawks will continue to operate it once the arena renovations are complete, they have three-year lease for the space.

Koonin said team officials know they have much work to do.

Despite the Hawks’ on-the-court struggles this past season Good Sellers For Fake NFL Jerseys , the franchise hopes to claim some victory off it. The team went 24-58 and missed the playoffs for the first time in 10 seasons.

Koonin said they are taking a new business approach to enhance the fan experience beyond any game or event. The courtside club featuring the Hawks Bar in the premium seating area several rows behind the basketball goal was a part of the arena’s phase one transformation.

”I love that they’re not letting it sit around,” said Atlanta-based attorney Randy Kessler, who has been a Hawks season-ticket holder since the arena opened in 1999. He hasn’t been on ”The Preview” tour, but he’s seen images of the new arena.

”I love that they are not just thinking of on-the-court experience, but off it,” Kessler added. ”You should feel special once you walk in, and I did. I thought last year’s improvements were good. Even though the team was terrible, the experience was still great. I’m looking forward to seeing what’s next.”

Koonin said the Hawks realize with their recent on-court performance they have to continue to work in order to win over fans.

He said the team spent millions of dollars to build the preview center and partnered with a Seattle-based design firm Hornall Anderson to create the virtual tour.

Philips Area is expected to reopen in October, but Koonin said the team will keep the tour going on for the next couple years. The arena might be one of the smallest-capacity NBA venues with 17,600 seats.

Sales centers are not unique to the NBA and several teams with new arenas have given fans an insight to what they can expect in the new facilities, including Sacramento, Milwaukee and Golden State.

Koonin said Hawks officials visited other arena preview centers including Sacramento and the NFL stadium in Minnesota. He said there is no other experience like ”The Preview” in the NBA, but the Hawks are still missing one thing – championships.

Golden State ”has one thing that’s very powerful that I wish we had: A bunch of recent Larry O’Brien trophies and rings,” he said. ”We have to work a little harder.”



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Fumbles that go out of bounds on the field of play revert to the last team that had possession. If it goes through the end zone, it becomes a touchback and turnover.Several coaches last week said they used Oakland’s pain as a teaching tool for their players.“As coaches it is important for us to talk about is this goal-to-go or like in last night’s game, if you were watching it, you knew that Carr had gained the first down. He is trying to score, and yet at what cost?” Saints coach Sean Payton asked. “You could make a strong point to say ‘Hey, the two scenarios are: desperate and I need to get in here, as opposed to it is not at all cost, then maybe it is not worth the risk of extending the ball. Because every weekend, we see great plays … where players are diving for that landmark and extending the ball and getting a touchdown, but there is that balance of at what cost.”While there are countless examples of a player getting rewarded with a touchdown for stretching the ball over the goal line, the aggressive play has backfired more than ever this year.Carr’s fumble was the seventh that went through the end zone for a touchback, the most league-wide for a season since at least 2000 NFL Blog , according to Sportradar. There had been an average of just over two a year in that span before it plagued several teams this year.“I just think it’s too risky to do something like that,” Jets offensive coordinator John Morton said. “I always try to say, ‘Just lower your head and finish with the ball through the end zone.’ That’s the best thing to do to protect it, otherwise you might fumble it through and now it’s a touchback. What good does that do you? Then they have the ball and it could cost you, but it’s hard. Guys are competing and they’re trying to score, and it just happens.”The Jets were hurt by the rule earlier in the season against New England when tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins had the ball knocked loose just short of the end zone and recovered it while out of bounds, leading to a touchback.Seferian-Jenkins didn’t stretch the ball but Tennessee’s Corey Davis , Arizona’s JJ Nelson, Todd Gurley of the Rams and Chicago’s Bennie Cunningham all lost the ball while trying to extend it over the goal line in a similar fashion to Carr.Washington coach Jay Gruden said it’s difficult for players not to try to do everything they can to get into the end zone when they see an opportunity.“You just got to hope they hold on to the ball if they do it,” he said. “You’ve just got to tell them to be very careful and protect the ball. I know that if I was running and I was getting tackled and I saw that goal line, it’s so important to score a touchdown.”Some teams are very strict on this play, with former Patriots executive Michael Lombardi saying coach Bill Belichick threatened to bench players who tried it.But there are several examples of Patriots players successfully stretching for touchdowns with no ramifications from their coach. Offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels says it’s a matter of knowing the situation and when a risk is worthwhile.“Awareness, I think is the most important thing,” he said. “Because there’s a time and a place you may have to try and do that. And then there’s a time and a place where it’s not really worth the risk. Whether that’s an early down play, a 2-point conversion, a fourth-and-goal 鈥?all those scenarios are different.”Players are very aware of the rule 5 Ways To Tell Authentic And Replica NFL Jerseys (Real VS Fake) , with Detroit receiver Golden Tate saying fumbling while reaching for the end zone is one of his “biggest fears” as a receiver, especially after a fumble at the goal line by Calvin Johnson cost Detroit a game against Seattle in 2015, even if the Lions should have kept possession because the Seahawks illegally batted the ball out of the end zone.But the lure of the touchdown is so great that players still try it even when they know better. Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins got away with it earlier this year against Minnesota when he reached across the goal line just before the ball was knocked loose“I was always coached, going back to college, never reach out unless it’s fourth-and-goal, never reach out,” Cousins said. “But it is tempting when you have it there to just reach out and get the six points. I go back to situational awareness. When he had already gotten the first down, it was going to be first-and-goal, there was enough time on the clock, those kinds of things start to factor in … you don’t need to reach out quite as much as if that was third- or fourth-and-goal, there was no time left, those kinds of things start to affect the decision you make in that moment. But, a.
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