FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 10/10/18 CONTACT: Garin Narain or Janet Smith, Hawks Communications (404) 878-3800

MULTI-PLATINUM RAPPER TAPPED TO PERFORM AT THE HAWKS HOME OPENER ON OCT. 24 AT

The Grammy®-nominated Atlanta Native Will Be the First Halftime and Postgame Concert at the All New State Farm Arena When the Team Takes on the Dallas Mavericks

ATLANTA – Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum-selling, hip-hop superstar Future will be the first musical act to play halftime at an Atlanta Hawks game in the all new State Farm Arena on Wed. Oct. 24. It was announced today on V-103’s The Big Tigger Show, that Future will take the court both mid- and postgame at the Hawks home opener, which is presented by State Farm. Known for hits like “Jumpman”, “” and “”, the Atlanta-born performer will also join the Hawks in hosting 100 guests from his Freewishes Foundation for the nationally-televised game versus the Dallas Mavericks.

“It’s exciting to be part of the launching of the new season and new home of The Atlanta Hawks, the State Farm Arena,” said Future. “It makes me proud to see the cultural growth happening in the ATL."

As a part of the historic night, the franchise is also hosting 100 guests from Future’s Freewishes Foundation, whose “mission is to deliver a message of hope, perseverance and resilience to [the] community by lending support and making dreams come alive.” The Hawks will recognize the non-profit for the important work that it is doing in the Atlanta community to make a difference in the lives of others, since it was co-founded by Future, his mother Stephanie Jester and sister Tia Wilburn-Anderson.

“It’s going to be an amazing night for basketball and music as Future kicks off our concert series this season inside the new State Farm Arena,” said Steve Koonin, CEO of the Atlanta Hawks. “Future continues to embody the True to Atlanta mantra, expanding his legacy in music, philanthropy and business, while giving back to the community. We are extremely excited to welcome him and host the Freewishes Foundation in our transformed building.”

In collaboration with Future’s , which released his Beastmode 2 this summer, the team will sell a limited-edition, merchandise collection to commemorate the performance. Two different custom t-shirts, a hoodie and windbreaker all co-branded with the team and Freebandz logos and accented in the Hawk’s signature volt green will be available exclusively at the arena’s Hawks Shop store and online at hawksshop.com.

Doors open at 5:30pm and the game tips off at 7pm. Tickets are available now at Hawks.com

The game will be televised on FOXSports Southeast and ESPN and fans can listen on 92.9 The Game. Check your local listing for channels.

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About the Atlanta Hawks Basketball Club With a bold identity and strong new ownership, the Atlanta Hawks Basketball Club and State Farm Arena remain committed to making Atlantans proud on the court and off. The 2014-15 Southeast Division Champions, the Hawks made the postseason in 10 consecutive seasons and reached the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time in franchise history in 2015. Off the court, the organization has built a culture of inclusion, diversity and innovation, all with a touch of Southern Hospitality. It continues into the community where the organization builds bridges through basketball, whether by constructing and refurbishing courts in Atlanta neighborhoods, providing scholarships to our basketball camps, or surprising and delighting our fans with unique Atlanta Hawks experiences. Atlanta Hawks Membership, which includes your seat for every home game for the 2018-19 regular season, is on sale now at www.hawks.com/membership or by calling 866-715-1500! For more information on the Hawks, log on to www.hawks.com today or follow us on @ATLHawks.

ABOUT STATE FARM ARENA: Home to the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks Basketball Club, State Farm Arena opens its doors in October 2018 following the 2nd largest renovation in NBA history. Inspired by the fans, State Farm Arena is a next-generation venue focused on experience, service and entertainment. With the NBA’s third- largest center-hung scoreboard and an immersive video experience, fan-friendly food pricing and premium restaurant options, Topgolf Swing Suites and celebrity-inspired spaces accessible to every fan, the downtown Atlanta arena stakes its claim as the city’s best sports and live entertainment venue. Consistently ranked among the top 10 concert and event venues in the world by Pollstar, State Farm Arena hosts approximately 170 events and nearly 2 million guests annually. For more information on State Farm Arena, log on to www.statefarmarena.com today or follow us on Twitter @StateFarmArena.

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