When the City of Atlanta was awarded the 1996 Summer Olympics, the rush was on to transform the city into an international center fitting to host the 197 nations, their athletes, and supporters. The city was able to incorporate many of the sites already constructed around the Metropolitan area to host different events. Gunther Barth defined the city as a place where visitors and dwellers can find shelter within their own community, whether it be at the ballpark, the department store, or theaters.(1) The City of Atlanta began to develop the city into a site for sporting events, tourism, and cultural boosterism. Several of these locations included the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center, the Omni Center, the Georgia Dome and even the Georgia World Congress Center hosted various events including boxing.(2) The city built several different arenas to host some of the events including the Georgia International Horse Park and the Centennial Olympic Stadium. Following the Olympics, Centennial Olympic Stadium was redeveloped into Turner Field, the new hosting sight for the Atlanta Braves.(3) The stadium had been designed to easily be redeveloped for this purpose. Turner Field is shown in picture 1. The Horse Park is still in use as a site for many different events including horse shows, cross country events, and an annual Christmas Light attraction. The sign of the Horse Park is shown in picture 2. In an attempt to boost tourism throughout the region, Atlanta developed the Centennial Olympic Park; the marker is shown in picture 3. In an interesting twist to lure tourism outside of the city itself, the University of Georgia transformed its “Four Towers” barn, shown in picture 4, into the university’s new visitors Center in hopes of having an appealing center for the many visitors expected to flood the campus during the Olympics.(4) Sanford Stadium, the university’s football stadium, hosted soccer games during the 1996 Olympics. Following the closing of the games, the torch was moved to the opposite side of the demolished Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium to the site where it still remains, as seen in picture 5. The Olympic Village was built adjacent to the Georgia Tech football stadium to house the athletes while they stayed through the weeks of the Summer Games. After the games concluded, the village was bought by Georgia State University to use as dorms, and have since then been bought by Georgia Tech to use as dorms. The village can be seen in picture 6. The City of Atlanta was successfully able to integrate its original infrastructure to host the Olympic Games, and was able to effectively integrate the new infrastructure into the cities everyday uses following the Closing Ceremonies in 1996.
1 Gunther Barth, City People (Oxford: Oxford University Press, Inc., 1980).
2 Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games, The official report of the Centennial Olympic Games (Atlanta: Peachtree, 1997).
3 John Schuerholz, Built to win: inside stories and leadership strategies from baseball’s winningest General Manager (New York: Warner Books, 2006).
4 “Visit UGA: History”, http://visit.uga.edu/index.php/visitors-center/history/
 Turner Field, home of the Braves, after being transformed from the original Centennial Olympic Stadium.
 Georgia International Horse Park is still being utilized for many different types of events.
 Centennial Olympic Park is the long lasting monument in honor of hosting the games.
 The “Four Towers” was transformed from a barn into the UGA Visitors Center in 1996.
 The torch that held the Olympic flame as seen from the now demolished Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium.
 Olympic Village was transformed into Georgia State dormitories, and are now dormitories owned by Georgia Tech.