Historic Markers Across Georgia

1996 Summer Olympics

Marker ID: GHS 60-19
Location: Centennial Olympic Park Fountain Plaza, 265 Park Ave. W NW, Atlanta, GA
County: Fulton
Coordinates: N 33° 45.555    W 084° 23.625
  33.75925    -84.39375
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: None
1996 Summer Olympics Marker
Photo by Todd Massar


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.

2016.8 Georgia Historical Society and the
Georgia World Congress Center Authority


Dedicated: November 1, 2016