The Atlanta Dream announced late last week a couple of significant changes that will take place to the franchise before the 2020 season.
At the convergence of grit and grace, of perseverance and new beginnings.
The Atlanta Dream.
— Atlanta Dream (@AtlantaDream) October 18, 2019
The first is a change in the home venue. The Dream is set to play its 2020 home games at the new 100,000-square-foot Gateway Center Arena at College Park. The 3,500 capacity arena is located on the south side of Atlanta and will be operated by the Georgia International Convention Center.
"We are fortunate to have great support in Atlanta and a new venue that wants to be our partner," said Dream General Manager Chris Sienko per release. "Designed to create a professional sports experience for players, fans and sponsors, it will offer a unique and intimate experience for our fans and establish an amazing home-court experience that athletes will feel on the floor."
A second major change is the rebranding and new logo design for the franchise. The Dream's new logo is the first change since the team entered the league in 2008.
"The Atlanta Dream's new brand reflects our strong heritage as a city and a team while looking toward the future," said Sienko at the press conference. "Our team worked closely with David Tann to reflect the strength of diversity, talent and athleticism that all Dream fans and the city of Atlanta can be proud to wear."
These changes are a fantastic fresh new look and start for a franchise that, in my opinion, could really use it. The Dream finished dead last in the WNBA standings during the 2019 season with an overall record of 8-26. This was a shock following their 2018 season where they finished second in the league at 23-11 capped off with a deep playoff run in head coach Nicki Collen's first season with the team.
Stay tuned for an eventful offseason for the Dream. You get the feeling this is only the start of numerous changes that are about to take place.