Philips Arena To Become Completely Smoke-Free
The Home of the Hawks and Atlanta’s Premier Live Music and Event Venue to Prohibit Smoking Anywhere on Property on February 4
ATLANTA -- Philips Arena is making good on a New Year’s resolution to become healthier in 2017, announcing plans today to become a 100% “smoke-free” campus beginning Feb. 4. The new policy prohibits smoking anywhere within the venue’s property lines, which are bordered by Centennial Park Drive on the south, Andrew Young International Blvd. on the north, Philips Drive to the west, and CNN Center to the east.
The 18,000+ capacity arena will also discontinue the use of exterior smoking patios and no longer allow guests to leave the building and re-enter in order to smoke.
“We are very excited to offer our guests and employees a fully smoke-free experience,” said Brett Stefansson, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Philips Arena. The harmful effects of smoking are well documented, both directly and indirectly, and this new policy will help ensure a safer and healthier environment for all that work and play here.”
The fully smoke-free campus designation is the first among Atlanta’s major sports franchises.
The Hawks/Philips organization also touts a major partnership with Emory Healthcare for its presently under-construction practice facility, the Emory Healthcare Courts, and “Heart of the Hawks” Sunday games. The widely-known healthcare provider has supported the move to a smoke-free campus.
“Emory Healthcare applauds this step which is entirely consistent with one of the central unifying themes of our partnership, specifically promoting fitness, nutrition, and wellness in our community,” said Scott D. Boden, MD Director of the Emory Orthopaedics & Spine Center, and primary liaison for the Emory/Hawks partnership.
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