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Regional Update: Big Things Coming to Rome

Photo of the Varsity by Kevin Hemphill

Occasionally The City Menus will look at projects underway in cities outside our coverage area.

The City of Rome has big things happening in the near future! Among rebrands, ownership changes, and new businesses, things will be exciting in Rome for the next several months. 

The Rome Braves, Atlanta’s Single High-A affiliate, is rebranding and will now be known as the Rome Emperors. The minor league club moved to Macon in 1991 after being in South Carolina since 1968, and then moved into their new digs in Rome in 2003. The over-5,000-seat AdventHealth Stadium will replace the tomahawk logo and now don a logo and emblem featuring an emperor penguin. The 2024 season opens for the Emperors at home on April 5.

The city has also taken over management of the Forum River Center from the country and a full slate of events is being scheduled over the next several months. Concerts, rodeos, festivals, and much more will be taking place in the convention center. Country music artist Corey Smith is performing on February 3rd, followed by a bull riding competition Friday and Saturday, February 16-17. A schedule of upcoming events and ways to book the facility for your own event can be found here https://www.forumrivercenter.com/events-2.

“What’ll ya have, what’ll ya have?” The Varsity, the world famous Atlanta restaurant known for its chili dogs and fast burgers, is opening a location in Rome! The legendary chain has had locations open since 1928 and continues to expand across the state. The Rome location will be the seventh stand-alone restaurant in the franchise, not counting its airport locations and food trucks available for catering. Construction was supposed to be completed by the end of 2023, but delays have pushed the date back until the spring. Stay tuned for details on the Varsity and all the other exciting developments in Rome!

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