But, according to Yarbrough, the venue known as the capstone of the Atlanta Games is Centennial Olympic Park.Thousands gather in the park for events throughout the year, including a July Fourth fireworks display.He says the SMMA is still open to viable proposals.Fulfilling The Dream By contrast, just inside Stone Mountain Park sits another former venue.“We probably have had eight or 10 proposals come our way from people who felt like they could get the thing going again,” says Bob Cowhig, director of planning and development for the SMMA.“And every time we got into it, there were just some financial issues we weren’t comfortable with.” Cowhig says most offers didn’t have the financial backing they needed.
William Porter “Billy” Payne served as Chief Executive Officer of the Atlanta Committee for the 1996 Olympic Games.
No sporting events took place there during the games, but it's the only venue that kept ”Olympic” in its name.
It changed the face of Atlanta, and it's going to be honored fondly.
When the Summer Olympics came to Atlanta 20 years ago, organizers had to build dozens of sporting venues from scratch. All the money was raised through private donations.
Two decades later, some venues are thriving, while others have languished. The center courts are enclosed by a chain-link fence decorated with “no trespassing” signs.In the early 1990s Atlanta beat out five other cities to win the bid to host the 1996 Olympics.