The long road to everlasting Suburban Smackdown glory has reached its pot of gold, metro Atlanta.
And the last Best OTP Downtown contestant standing is none other than No. 1 seed Alpharetta!
The nominations phase for this inaugural, March Madness-style OTP tourney began way back on March 8, followed by Round 1 action two weeks ago. Tens of thousands of votes and 15 head-to-head competitions later, A-retta has brought its A-game to stand atop Smackdown Mount Olympus!
A special acknowledgement goes out to No. 7-seed Duluth, which also climbed into the Finals and put up one valiant fight against a friendly Fulton County foe with twice the population. The last match alone saw nearly 10,400 votes cast, with Alpharetta mounting a late charge to win with 52 percent of the tally.
For rising up and winning, Alpharetta is the recipient of bragging rights and a year’s worth of good mojo. And yes, our hallowed (virtual) Golden Urby Chalice of Champions!
Welcome to the pantheon of criteria-free, metro-wide Atlanta greatness, Alpharetta. You earned it. And a sincere thanks to everyone who remained respectful, fair, and civil while participating in the 2023 tournament.
Suburban Smackdown, Best OTP Downtown winners:
The hallowed pantheon of Best Atlanta Neighborhood tournament winners:
2011: Inman Park
2012: Old Fourth Ward
2015: West End
2016: East Atlanta
2017: West End (again)
2018-2020: (forced hiatus)
2021: Mozley Park
2022: Avondale Estates
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