We are only a few days into the 2015 NFL Season and the city of Atlanta has already begun talking and preparing itself for this season and discussing which players will hopefully bring them closer to a playoff spot. But how prepared are you for this upcoming season? Are your fantasy teams looking strong? Have you picked your favorite spot in the city to #RiseUp when Roddy White makes that critical catch in the Red Zone? 

There is a lot of ground to cover for this season’s NFL kickoff and there may be some last minute changes that need to be made. So before you start planning that amazing tailgate or rounding up your friends to head to the local sports bar, allow TRACE at W Atlanta – Midtown to drop a little knowledge that we guarantee will help you make the most of this year’s NFL season.  

Set Your Schedule
Whether it’s home or away games, the Atlanta Falcons will find themselves facing a wide array of opponents this year. So be sure to finalize your own schedule and tie any loose ends that could cause you to miss out on the action this season. 
For those of you that scored big in your fantasy draft this year, ensure your online domination by researching and choosing the perfect lineup for week one in your league. For the chefs and the project coordinators, are you the one typically hosting the Sunday events out of your friends? Hop online and find a new way to spice up crowd-pleasing dishes that people can’t get enough of. 

Pinterest is overflowing with new and inventive ways to make the most out of your game-day meals and decor. So whether you’re the reigning champ of delectable goods or looking to steal the crown, make this season the time to try something new and original or put an updated spin on an old favorite.  

Utilize Your Home Field Advantage
As previous NFL Seasons have proven, home field advantage can make all the difference when it’s time to get down to business. So what better way to enjoy the 2015 NFL Season than to map out your favorite places in the city to enjoy the games? 

Whether you’re born and raised in Atlanta or recently relocated, the city boasts a slew of different places for visitors to catch the Falcons each week. Located throughout the city are restaurants, sports bars and lounges waiting to serve some of the best meals the city has to offer while you enjoy the game. Which are the best? Check out this Top 10 List from Local Expert Kelly Skinner on Winning Atlanta Sports Bars

For those of you looking for something special, be sure to stop by Park Bar near Centennial Olympic Park for the “Red Zone Punch”. Made from Crown Royal and a special fruit juice, the Red Zone Punch has been known to bring the “Dirty Bird” out of many on a Sunday afternoon. This drink is so popular it’s actually been put on tap by the establishment, so we suggest you head down to check it out. 

Stay in the Loop!

Have you missed out on an incredible opportunity because you weren’t in the loop?  Our suggestion is to head to the App Store on your smart device and begin downloading immediately! Start with your basics such as Twitter and the ESPN app. Separately, these two apps can be fun and useful but together they can turn you into an information powerhouse, constantly up-to-date with the latest sports news. From your favorite player’s weekly updates to score predictions, there is no longer a reason to wait until the pre-game show to find out exactly what’s going on with your team. 

While you’re at it, be sure to follow some of the newspapers, blogs and local brands on social media that send out information concerning your team. These places may flood your timeline with information but there’s no better way to stay ahead of the curve than to receive info on events, updates and contests. Looking for a few in Atlanta? Start with Creative Loafing, Discover Atlanta, AJC and Atlanta Sun Times. The more you follow the more will be opened up to you. So don’t be afraid to learn more about the city and what’s taking place throughout.  

Make Every Second Count This Season
How many years have you uttered the words that “this year will be different” only to find yourself (or your favorite team) repeating some of the same mistakes from previous seasons? Well this year let’s make every second count on and off the field. Whether you’re looking to cheer your team to the Super Bowl or find a new way to enjoy something you already love, let the city of Atlanta assist you in making your life just a little more amazing. There’s food, friends and a rich culture to encourage you to really push yourself to discover the city and have a great time doing it.