Historical Marker Dedication: 1996 Summer Olympics

Tuesday, Nov 1, 2016
11:00 am

Please join for a historical marker dedication for

1996 Summer Olympics

GHS welcomes the Georgia World Congress Center Authority (GWCCA) as the newest honoree in the Georgia Business History Initiative. As the organization responsible for overseeing three of the primary sites associated with the 1996 Olympic Games held in Atlanta, GWCCA is focusing attention through this Initiative on the impact of the Games on the economic development of Atlanta and the state of Georgia over the past twenty years. As we recognize this anniversary year, we invite the public to join us at the dedication of a new historical marker in Centennial Park, and look forward to working on the development of new educational resources that will explore the impact of the Games, and also specific sites associated with the Games, in the coming months.

Centennial Olympic Park Fountain Plaza
235 Andrew Young International Boulevard
Atlanta, GA

The dedication will be held at the Centennial Olympic Park Fountain Plaza at 11:00 a.m.

The event is open to the Public. Parking is available at the Marietta Deck. Click here for more information on parking options.


Marker Text:

1996 Summer Olympics
Games of the XXVI Olympiad

From July 19 through August 4, 1996, Atlanta hosted the Centennial Summer Olympic Games, the largest event in Atlanta’s history. In 1990, the International Olympic Committee chose Atlanta over five other cities. Atlanta attorney Billy Payne and Mayor Andrew Young were the prime architects of the winning bid. Preparations had an estimated economic impact of at least $5.14 billion. Civic leaders built new sports venues, created park space, improved sidewalks and streets, and altered housing patterns. During the Olympics more than 2 million visitors came to Atlanta, and an estimated 3.5 billion people around the world watched on television. For the first time, all nations invited sent athletes, more than 10,000 competitors from 197 nations. The 1996 Olympics promoted Atlanta’s image as an international city, positioning it to play an important role in global commerce.

Erected by the Georgia Historical Society and the Georgia World Congress Center Authority