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Turn Up Hotlanta: Facts, Fun Facts & Things To Do While in Atlanta

Monster Energy AMA Supercross Round 8 heads to the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, GA this Saturday February 21. In Atlanta, fine dining, shopping and rich history combine with inspiration-inducing attractions, create a city with Southern charm and world-class sophistication. It’s easy to see why Atlanta, Georgia is one of the most popular destinations for Supercross fans and the reason why Feld scheduled back to back rounds in this hot city. Here is everything you need to know before the action begins.

 

Last Year’s 450SX Top 5 Results

  1. Ken Roczen
  2. Ryan Villopoto
  3. Ryan Dungey
  4. Wil Hahn
  5. Justin Brayton

Last Year’s 250SX East Top 5 Results

  1. Martin Davalos
  2. Adam Cianciarulo
  3. Justin  Bogle
  4. Blake Wharton
  5. Blake Baggett

Current 450SX Top 5 Point Standings

  1. Ryan Dungey  152
  2. Ken Roczen 140
  3. Trey Canard 129
  4. Eli Tomac 114
  5. Jason Anderson 100

Current 250SX East Point Standings

  1. Marvin Musquin 25
  2. Justin Bogel 22
  3. Joey Savatgy 20
  4. Jeremy Martin 18
  5. Matthew Lemoine 16

 

Weather Forecast

High/Low

55/48

Cloudy skies. Slight chance of a rain shower. High near 55F. Winds SE at 10 to 15 mph

 

Venue

Georgia Dome

1 Georgia Dome Dr NW, Atlanta, GA 30313

Teams: Atlanta Falcons, Georgia State Panthers Football

 

Demographics

 

Statistic

Atlanta

Georgia

National

Population (2013)

425,931

9,992,167

317,297,938

Population density (sq mi)

3,200

174

90

Median age

33.2

35.4

37.2

Male/Female ratio

1.0:1

1.0:1

1.0:1

Married (15yrs & older)

35%

55%

56%

Speak English

89%

87%

79%

Speak Spanish

5%

8%

13%

 

Things To Do While in Atlanta

  • Zoo Atlanta
  • World of Coca-Cola
  • Georgia Aquarium
  • CNN Center
  • Atlanta Botanical Garden
  • Stone Mountain
  • Peidmont Park
  • Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Site
  • Fox Theatre
  • Center for Civil and Human Rights

 

25 Fun Facts About Atlanta

  1. Atlanta was originally named Terminus and Marthasville (the latter for Governor Wilson Lumpkin’s daughter.)
  2.  The city got its current name from railroad engineer J. Edgar Thompson. It’s thought to be a shortened version of “Atlantica-Pacifica.”
  3.  Your GPS might be confused if you punch in “Peachtree” as your destination. There are over 55 streets with the name.
  4.  And it’s possible none of them are named for an actual peach tree. Historians suggest they’re named after the Native American village of “Standing Pitch Tree.” The pronunciation corrupted over the years.
  5.  Atlanta was the only city in North American destroyed as an act of war. (General Sherman burnt it to the ground.)
  6.  Only 400 buildings survived.
  7.  That’s why the city’s symbol is a phoenix.
  8.  Lots of airports claim to be the world’s busiest. But Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport truly is the world’s busiest airport.
  9.  Why? Because Atlanta is a perfect location. It’s just a three hour flight from many major American cities.
  10.  The terminal is as big as 45 football fields!
  11. Atlanta is Georgia’s fifth capital. Savannah, Augusta, Louisville, and Milledgeville boasted the title earlier.
  12. The Georgia State Capitol building is gilded with 43 ounces of locally-mined gold.
  13. The Continental Divide out west gets all the love, but Atlanta is home to the Eastern Continental Divide, which separates water draining into the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic.
  14. One of the largest Hindu temples outside of India is located in the Atlanta metro area.
  15. It was once illegal to put an ice cream cone in your back pocket in Atlanta.
  16. Atlanta also outlawed tying a giraffe to a telephone pole.
  17. Want to ride your bike to Alabama? The Silver Comet Trail starting in Smyrna will get you there.
  18. In 1996, Terry Hitchcock ran from Minneapolis to Atlanta in just 75 days. He covered over 2100 miles!
  19. Stone Mountain outside Atlanta is one of the largest blocks of exposed granite in the world.
  20. Stone Mountain’s etching of Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson, and Jefferson Davis is the largest bas relief in the world, too!
  21. Atlanta had some tough competition when it nabbed the 1996 Olympics hosting duty. The city beat out Athens, Toronto, Melbourne, Manchester, and Belgrade for the spot.
  22. The fastest baseball game in history happened in Atlanta, when the Mobile Sea Gulls beat the Atlanta Crackers 2-1 in just 32 minutes.
  23. Atlanta also played host to the greatest rout in football history—a 1916 contest in which Georgia Tech blew out tiny Cumberland College 222-0.
  24. When pro football moved to Atlanta, the owners considered over 500 names. A schoolteacher came up with the Falcons nickname, a bird she endorsed because it was “proud and dignified, with great courage and fight.”
  25. Why did Atlanta resident Margaret Mitchell write Gone with the Wind? Because an ankle injury kept her from walking and she was really, really bored.
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