Atlanta Hawks to 'transform' Philips Arena with help of celebrities, Topgolf

    Zac Brown's Social Club restaurant, part of the massive upgrade plan to Philips Arena, will also have a stage.

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    • Philips Arena will be made over for $192.5 million, mostly paid by the city of Atlanta
    • The project is scheduled to be completed during the Hawks' 2018-2019 season

    Atlanta (CNN)Get ready, NBA fans: Hip hop, country and golf all are part of the Atlanta Hawks' plan to massively upgrade their home court.

    Killer Mike's Graffitis SWAG Barbershop will have a view into the arena bowl.
    The franchise on Wednesday unveiled the details of the "transformation" of Philips Arena, the team's venue since 1999. It's the second-biggest redesign of an NBA arena, behind the recent remodeling of Madison Square Garden.
      The Hawks will pay $50 million of the $192.5 million project cost, with the rest covered by the city of Atlanta, which owns the building that hosts approximately 170 events and nearly 2 million guests per year. Construction began June 20 and is due to finish during the 2018-2019 season, which marks the Hawks' 50th anniversary in Atlanta.
      The updated arena will have 360-degree access throughout.
      "It's so much more than a renovation," Hawks COO Thad Sheely told CNN. "A renovation implies that we're putting some paint on the walls, maybe you added a bathroom or two to your house. It doesn't really denote to scale. We really are, with almost at $200 million, are going to be able to touch almost every thing and facing piece of the building."

      Zac Brown, Killer Mike and Topgolf

      The plan includes celebrities, including Georgia musicians Zac Brown and Michael Render, known as Killer Mike.
      Brown, lead singer of the three-time Grammy-winning, multiplatinum Zac Brown Band, and his executive chef, Rusty Hamlin -- both Hawks fans -- will open Zac Brown's Social Club, a Southern gourmet restaurant with a live music stage.
      The updated video board will be more than three times the size of the old one.
      "Food has always been a passion of mine, from owning my own restaurant on Lake Oconee, to opening the Social Club," Brown said. "I love what food does for friends and family, it gives us all something to gather around and a centerpiece for the time we spend together. I'm excited to open Zac Brown's Social Club and to share it with all of Atlanta."
      Brown is known for his Eat and Greet events, where he invites some 150 fans to enjoy a Southern-style meal created by Hamlin and served from "Cookie," a custom-built commercial kitchen on the 54-foot long, 18-wheeler that whisks the band around the country.
      "We both know that a plate of food in front of someone makes more of an impression and memories than an autograph," Hamlin, who lives in Atlanta, said to CNN. "This is why we started Eat and Greet back in the day on tour. Everything that we do is revolved around really taking care of our fans. Now, being able to do this at Philips Arena is just very, very cool and amazing for us because this is our community."
      Zac Brown Band's truck, Cookie, parked outside of Philips Arena on Wednesday.
      Render, an Atlanta rapper, actor and Hawks fan since childhood, will bring his signature Graffitis SWAG Barbershops to Philips Arena. The name stands for "shaves, washes and grooming," and the shop will have a view of the on-court action.
      Render jumped at the opportunity, telling CNN, "This is definitely one of the highlights of my life."
      "After we calmly said yes, we hung up the phone and ran around the room and screamed like children," he said. "We hope that this is just our first one in a major sports arena and not our last one."
      Topgolf simulators also will have a new home at the revamped arena, where the existing six-level wall of suites will be demolished and replaced with a new concourse, upper deck and conference center with new seating options and amenities.