Growing up in Gwinnett County in the 1970s and 1980s you didn’t have much choice but go downtown for activities, and we loved going!
Going downtown was a big deal. It meant you were doing something special with your family. You dressed up and looked your best. Whether it was a Tech game and lunch at the Varsity or a Braves games with neighbors, we always loved heading downtown for special events.
I remember going to Braves and Hawks games. I remember ice skating at the Omni and going to The World of Sid and Marty Krofft in the Omni. (That was odd place!) Sometimes we drove in and sometimes we took MARTA.
I don’t think I ever went to a Falcons game downtown, but we did go downtown for a ton of cultural events.
We went to the Fox Theater frequently for plays, movies and the ballet. We would go to the Civic Center and the Alliance for performances and speeches. We also went for concerts at the Omni — including “Earth Wind & Fire.”
We always went to downtown Rich’s for the lighting of the Great Tree, Santa and the Pink Pig. We even used to shop at the downtown Rich’s because that’s where my mother grew up shopping.
It was special to head downtown as a family and enjoy an event together.
So I am wondering do families NOT want to go downtown for special events anymore? Would you rather see the Gwinnett Braves play in Buford or go to the Gwinnett Center for ‘The Nutcracker’ or to see Macklemore & Ryan Lewis or to see the Gladators play?
Do you care if the Braves move from downtown Atlanta to Cobb County? (Here’s the full story on the move.)
Is this move about convenience for the fans or is it about which city was willing to kick in more money for a new stadium? (This is an interesting map showing where Braves ticket buyers live.)
Are downtown events not “special” anymore? Does traffic just make them a pain? Do you think traffic will be better at the new stadium in Cobb?