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The Opening Ceremonies of the Centennial Olympic Games.
The Opening Ceremonies of the Centennial Olympic Games.
Australian Olympic Committee

How Atlanta's Olympic Venues are Faring, 20 Years Later

Sites across Atlanta, many of which are still in use, defined the Olympic experience in 1996

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The Opening Ceremonies of the Centennial Olympic Games.
| Australian Olympic Committee

Twenty years ago tonight, Atlanta officially welcomed the world to the Centennial Olympic Games with the Opening Ceremonies. It was kind of a big deal.

While a lot can be said (both good and bad) of those 17 days back in 1996, one thing can't be disputed: The Olympics left an indelible mark and hoisted Atlanta onto the global stage like nothing else could have. In commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the ceremonies, we take a look — in map form — at the sites that hosted various events within the city limits.

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1. Centennial Olympic Stadium

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755 Hank Aaron Dr SE
Atlanta, GA 30315
(404) 522-7630
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Built as the Olympic Stadium, the venue hosted the Opening and Closing ceremonies as well as numerous track and field events. Designed by local firms including Heery International and Rosser International, the venue was designed to be converted into the Braves' baseball stadium following the Olympics — unlike many Olympic stadiums that sit empty at the end of the Games. The stadium may soon be reborn as a venue for Georgia State University athletics, or a mixed-use venture.

2. Centennial Olympic Park

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285 Andrew Young International Blvd NW
Atlanta, GA 30313
(404) 223-4412
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Centennial Olympic Park served as the central gathering spot for visitors during the Olympic Games. At night, the park was packed with people enjoying music and the energy of the Games. Today, the park (a formerly blighted district) serves as the Games' most lasting legacy and a cultural hub for the entire region.
Michael Kahn, Curbed Atlanta

3. Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium

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521 Capitol Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30312
Designed in the 1960s by local firms Heery & Heery and FABRAP (predecessors of the two firms that later designed the Olympic Stadium) to serve as the home of the Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta Braves, the stadium stood next door to the Olympic Stadium. For that summer, the two coexisted, with the old stadium hosting baseball, before it was torn down to make way for parking lots. Today, only the old outfield wall remains.

4. Georgia Dome

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1 Georgia Dome Dr NW
Atlanta, GA 30313
(404) 223-9200
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While soon to meet its maker, the then four-year-old venue hosted basketball, gymnastics, and handball during the Olympics. Designed for the Atlanta Falcons by a team of Atlanta architects including Heery International, Rosser FABRAP International — the firms behind both the Olympic Stadium and Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium — and tvsdesign.

5. Alexander Memorial Coliseum

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965 North Ave NW
Atlanta, GA 30332
(888) 832-4849
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Georgia Tech's McCamish Basketball Arena served as the boxing venue during the Olympics in Atlanta. Then known as Alexander Memorial Coliseum, the facility was overhauled and expanded in 2012.

6. Georgia Tech Aquatic Center

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750 Ferst Dr
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 894-8825
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All swimming and diving events were held at the specially built Aquatic Center on the campus of Georgia Tech. Today the facility is part of the Georgia Tech Campus Recreation Center and includes both the Aquatic Center and Student Recreation Center.

7. Omni Coliseum

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1 Philips Dr NW
Atlanta, GA 30303
(404) 878-3000
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The Omni Coliseum, designed by tvsdesign as the home for the Atlanta Hawks and completed in 1972, served as the home of the volleyball indoor final during the Olympics. The facility was demolished in 1997 to make way for Philips Arena.

8. Georgia World Congress Center (GWCC)

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285 Andrew Young Int'l Blvd NW
Atlanta, GA 30313
(404) 223-4000
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While really known as a convention center, the building played host to a ranged of indoor sporting events during the Olympics. The sprawling complex hosted fencing, handball, judo, shooting (as part of the modern pentathlon), table tennis, weightlifting, and wrestling.

9. Clark Atlanta Stadium

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229 James P Brawley Dr. NW
Atlanta, GA 30314
The football stadium of Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta University Center played host to the field hockey competitions during the Olympics.

10. Frank L. Forbes Arena

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830 Westview Dr SW
Atlanta, GA 30314
Built for the Olympics, this fixture on the campus of Morehouse College hosted the early rounds of basketball during the Centennial Games. Designed by local firm Moody Noland, the arena is home to Morehouse's basketball team today.

11. Herndon Stadium

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Herndon Stadium, located on the campus of Morris Brown College at the Atlanta University Center, played host to the field hockey final game during the Olympics. Unfortunately, the stadium has been abandoned for more than a decade, since the school cut their football program in 2002.

12. GSU Sports Arena

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125 Decatur St SE
Atlanta, GA 30303
(404) 413-4000
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Currently home to the Georgia State University Panthers basketball and volleyball teams, the GSU Sports Arena hosted badminton during the Olympics. The venue was originally built in 1972 to house physical education classes at the university.

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1. Centennial Olympic Stadium

755 Hank Aaron Dr SE, Atlanta, GA 30315
Built as the Olympic Stadium, the venue hosted the Opening and Closing ceremonies as well as numerous track and field events. Designed by local firms including Heery International and Rosser International, the venue was designed to be converted into the Braves' baseball stadium following the Olympics — unlike many Olympic stadiums that sit empty at the end of the Games. The stadium may soon be reborn as a venue for Georgia State University athletics, or a mixed-use venture.
755 Hank Aaron Dr SE
Atlanta, GA 30315

2. Centennial Olympic Park

285 Andrew Young International Blvd NW, Atlanta, GA 30313
Michael Kahn, Curbed Atlanta
Centennial Olympic Park served as the central gathering spot for visitors during the Olympic Games. At night, the park was packed with people enjoying music and the energy of the Games. Today, the park (a formerly blighted district) serves as the Games' most lasting legacy and a cultural hub for the entire region.
285 Andrew Young International Blvd NW
Atlanta, GA 30313

3. Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium

521 Capitol Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30312
Designed in the 1960s by local firms Heery & Heery and FABRAP (predecessors of the two firms that later designed the Olympic Stadium) to serve as the home of the Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta Braves, the stadium stood next door to the Olympic Stadium. For that summer, the two coexisted, with the old stadium hosting baseball, before it was torn down to make way for parking lots. Today, only the old outfield wall remains.
521 Capitol Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30312

4. Georgia Dome

1 Georgia Dome Dr NW, Atlanta, GA 30313
While soon to meet its maker, the then four-year-old venue hosted basketball, gymnastics, and handball during the Olympics. Designed for the Atlanta Falcons by a team of Atlanta architects including Heery International, Rosser FABRAP International — the firms behind both the Olympic Stadium and Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium — and tvsdesign.
1 Georgia Dome Dr NW
Atlanta, GA 30313

5. Alexander Memorial Coliseum

965 North Ave NW, Atlanta, GA 30332
Georgia Tech's McCamish Basketball Arena served as the boxing venue during the Olympics in Atlanta. Then known as Alexander Memorial Coliseum, the facility was overhauled and expanded in 2012.
965 North Ave NW
Atlanta, GA 30332

6. Georgia Tech Aquatic Center

750 Ferst Dr, Atlanta, GA 30318
All swimming and diving events were held at the specially built Aquatic Center on the campus of Georgia Tech. Today the facility is part of the Georgia Tech Campus Recreation Center and includes both the Aquatic Center and Student Recreation Center.
750 Ferst Dr
Atlanta, GA 30318

7. Omni Coliseum

1 Philips Dr NW, Atlanta, GA 30303
The Omni Coliseum, designed by tvsdesign as the home for the Atlanta Hawks and completed in 1972, served as the home of the volleyball indoor final during the Olympics. The facility was demolished in 1997 to make way for Philips Arena.
1 Philips Dr NW
Atlanta, GA 30303

8. Georgia World Congress Center (GWCC)

285 Andrew Young Int'l Blvd NW, Atlanta, GA 30313
While really known as a convention center, the building played host to a ranged of indoor sporting events during the Olympics. The sprawling complex hosted fencing, handball, judo, shooting (as part of the modern pentathlon), table tennis, weightlifting, and wrestling.
285 Andrew Young Int'l Blvd NW
Atlanta, GA 30313

9. Clark Atlanta Stadium

229 James P Brawley Dr. NW, Atlanta, GA 30314
The football stadium of Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta University Center played host to the field hockey competitions during the Olympics.
229 James P Brawley Dr. NW
Atlanta, GA 30314

10. Frank L. Forbes Arena

830 Westview Dr SW, Atlanta, GA 30314
Built for the Olympics, this fixture on the campus of Morehouse College hosted the early rounds of basketball during the Centennial Games. Designed by local firm Moody Noland, the arena is home to Morehouse's basketball team today.
830 Westview Dr SW
Atlanta, GA 30314

11. Herndon Stadium

Atlanta, GA
Herndon Stadium, located on the campus of Morris Brown College at the Atlanta University Center, played host to the field hockey final game during the Olympics. Unfortunately, the stadium has been abandoned for more than a decade, since the school cut their football program in 2002.

12. GSU Sports Arena

125 Decatur St SE, Atlanta, GA 30303
Currently home to the Georgia State University Panthers basketball and volleyball teams, the GSU Sports Arena hosted badminton during the Olympics. The venue was originally built in 1972 to house physical education classes at the university.
125 Decatur St SE
Atlanta, GA 30303