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Best Seats For a Concert at State Farm Arena
The most common seating layout at State Farm Arena for concerts is an end-stage setup with the stage located near sections Section 101, Section 102 and Section 103. For many concerts there are also slight variations to the layout, which may include General Admission seats, fan pits and B-stages.
On the Floor: Sections Floor 1, Floor 2, Floor 3 and Floor 4 are Floor Seats, which offer some of the closest views of the performers. For many concerts, floor sections are added or removed. These performer-specific adjustments may alter the floor layout and the views from each floor section.
To the Side of the Stage: For close views of the stage with a little bit of elevation, consider seats to the side of the stage in Section 106, Section 107 and Section 120. The view is not head-on like on the floor, but many of the seats are closer to the stage, provide better elevation and are actual stadium seats.
Even upper level sections offer unobstructed sitelines. Just keep in mind that you won't be able to see as much detail from these seats as you would if you sat closer to the stage.
Consider the Following When Buying Concert Tickets
Seats behind the stage are occassionally sold: Unless your main objective is to just get in the building, you'll want to completely avoid anything behind the stage - like those in/near or above sections Section 101, Section 102, Section 103 and Section 104. It's unlikely the performer will turn around to salute you - and you're more likely to be completely blocked out from seeing the show.
If you're on the shorter side (or bringing kids), consider floor seats only in the first few rows: The most common complaint amongst floor ticketholders is that they can't see the stage because of taller people in front of them. As an alternative, consider side sections near the stage that will still have you close and high enough to see.
Lower level side sections are not created equal: While the side sections closest to the stage are top-notch, side sections farther from the stage may leave you with a cramp in your neck. Sections 109 and 118 are not well-angled towards the stage - leaving you to turn your head for an ideal view. Instead, consider head-on sections in the lower level or even close side seats in the upper level like 224 and 225.
Because the stage for most end-stage concerts at Philips Arena is set back farther than usual, side seating on the lower level offers fans sitelines from nearly every seat. Even sections 106 and 121, which typically offer an extreme side view, provide an excellent look to the stage.
Because most of the seats in this area are very good, you'll have to balance your budget with how close you want to be to the stage. Just keep in mind that the closer you are to the front row, the more you might have to turn your head to see the stage.
For the best combination of a good view, good accessibility and a fair price, we recommend being about 15 rows up (near Row P) and two or three sections away from the stage (e.g.: 107/108).
Lower Level Baseline (Basketball) Seating
Some of the cheapest tickets on the 100 level for a Hawks game are in the sections behind the baskets on either side of the floor. These are the largest sections on the lower level with roughly 30 rows in each section. In all sections, row A is closest to the floor and also comes with the longest walks up and down the stairs. If you think you'll be leaving your seats often for food and drink, consider seats in a higher row where you'll be closer to the concourse.
The biggest complaint with seating behind the baskets is - unsurprisingly - that the baskets block the view of the action. The best way to avoid this issue is to choose seats in section 101L, 104L, 112L and 115L. There will be fans sitting in the floor sections in front of you, but you will avoid the basket.
Lower Level Corner (Basketball) Seating
Corner sections are an inexpensive way to experience Hawks basketball from the lower level. If you're attracted to the ticket price in these seats, carefully consider the section you want to sit in.
While tickets in sections 101, 106, 110 and 117 seem like good deals (relative to sideline seating), the first ten rows in these sections should be strongly re-considered. For the best views, avoid double-letter rows and rows A-F. These lower rows have terrible angles towards mid-court and will force you to turn your neck all night to see the action on the court. As an alternative, choose one of the higher rows in these sections or choose a different section altogether.
The remaining corner sections are further away, but also have a slightly better angle toward the action on the court. The biggest options to weigh when sitting in this location are proximity and comfort.
Lower Level Sideline (Basketball) Seating
Without a doubt, the best seats at a Hawks game are in Sections 107-109 and 118-120. These sections offer the best unobstructed views of the court from the lower level. All seats are within 26 rows of the court and most rows contain 16-18 seats.
Sections 118-120 are a less expensive way to enjoy the game. These sections are on the player bench side, giving you great looks at the players as they're seated on the bench.
Upper Level Baseline (Basketball) Seating
Some of cheapest tickets for a Hawks game are in the 200 level sections behind each basket. When considering seats in these sections, enhance your experience by choosing the row that works best for your situation.
Fans seated near Row 1 will be surprised by how close the seats are to the court. The front row is just above terrace level seating and provides a great elevation for seeing the action. Unfortunately, with the section entrance located at the top of each section, you may have to walk up some steps each time you exit and re-enter your section.
For the best views of the court, avoid sections 203 and 215 which are directly behind each basket. The basket affects all views in this seating zone, but not more so than in 203 and 315.
Upper Level Corner (Basketball) Seating
The Upper Level Corner seating location has some of the greatest variety between great views and poor views. If you choose to sit in this location, the lowest rows of sections 207,211,220, and 225 are the place to be. These seats are not too far from center court and you will not feel so high up that you are removed from the game.
On the opposite end of the spectrum are sections 201,205, 213 and 217. These seats are in the upper corners behind the baselines and will feel the most removed from the game happening on the court.
Upper Level Sideline (Basketball) Seating
Prior to renovations at Philips Arena, the 200 level sections used to be one of the more underrated places to watch a game. Now, with the addition on the terrance level. The 200 numbered sections are more equivalent of the old 300 level.
These seats have a higher elevation, making them feel further from the action on the court. However, due to their location along the sideline, it is easy to follow the action compared to being in the corners.
In each of these 200 level sections, row placement is the difference between good seats and great seats. Fans will find that the first row, Row A, in each of these sections is directly above the terrace level. With the terrace seats providing some of the best perspectives in the stadium, you can replicate that experience with a much cheaper ticket in the 200 level. You'll also be at eye level with the videoboard. Just be careful if you have issues with stairs.
If a lower row isn't right for you, aim for Row N. You'll get the center court experience without the hassle of walking up and down stairs each time you need a beverage or a snack. You may not have the great view from the front row, but you'll also have less time away from the action when you need a break.