GWCC January 30, 2018
National Championship Success Proves Atlanta and GWCCA Campus is Epicenter of College Football

ATLANTA – (January 30, 2018) – On Monday, Jan. 8, thousands of University of Georgia and University of Alabama fans swarmed to Atlanta to attend the College Football Playoff National Championship at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. It was an event of firsts and breaking records, and while the Crimson Tide prevailed as champions, the Atlanta community proved why the city is recognized as the epicenter of college football.

And a majority of the championship events and activity took place on the Georgia World Congress Center Authority’s (GWCCA) downtown campus, the No. 1 convention, sports and entertainment destination in the world.

“Atlanta was a truly first-class setting for the national championship game,” said Bill Hancock, executive director of the College Football Playoff. “We appreciate the hard work of the Atlanta Football Host Committee members, and all their efforts that led to a wonderful experience for thousands of college football fans.”

“That game was something the Atlanta community and college football fans will cherish for years to come,” said Carl Adkins, executive director of the Atlanta Football Host Committee. “We hope that everyone in Atlanta experienced a one-of-a-kind Championship Weekend.  I speak for the entire Atlanta Football Host Committee in saying that it was a tremendous honor to host the College Football Playoff National Championship and we look forward to what the future brings for Atlanta as a destination for major sporting events.”

Some highlights from the game and the surrounding events include:

·         First presidential visit to a college football championship since 1980.

·         First-ever College Football Playoff National Championship overtime.

·         First College Football Playoff National Championship to be played in Atlanta and at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

·         First-ever ESPN Watch Party and Halftime Show (hosted at Centennial Olympic Park).

·         First-ever All-SEC College Football Playoff National Championship.

·         According to ESPN, the telecast was the network’s second highest-rated event, scoring a 16.7 overnight Nielsen rating. This is a nine percent increase from last season.

·         With a 47.8 rating, Atlanta earned its highest rating ever for a college football game on ESPN.

·         First-ever national championship game held in a LEED platinum certified stadium.

·         First walkable urban footprint to host the national championship  game and all fan events.

·         Highest-attended college football game in Atlanta with 77,430 people.

·         Over 125,000 guests attended Championship Campus events in downtown Atlanta in conjunction with the College Football Playoff National Championship.

·         Previous attendance records were broken for Playoff Fan Central (Georgia World Congress Center), Media Day and the Extra Yard 5K (GWCCA’s International Plaza).

Media contact: Traci Messier, Jackson Spalding, 404-214-3596.

About the Atlanta Football Host Committee

Formed in 2016 under the Championship Hosting Division of the Atlanta Sports Council, the Atlanta Football Host Committee (AFHC) serves as an extension of the College Football Playoff Group in the local community. The organization is responsible for assisting with the planning and production of the 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship and accompanying fan events. The AFHC is comprised of local leaders in business, sports and tourism and its mission is to host a one-of-a-kind championship experience for student-athletes, university representatives, media and college football fans. For more information visit:

About the GWCCA

Located in the heart of downtown Atlanta, the Georgia World Congress Center Authority campus, which includes the Georgia World Congress Center, Centennial Olympic Park, the College Football Hall of Fame, the Junior Achievement Discovery Center and state-of-the-art Mercedes-Benz Stadium, is the No. 1 convention, sports and entertainment destination in the world.

About the College Football Playoff

The College Football Playoff matches the No. 1 seed vs. No. 4, and No. 2 vs. No. 3 in semifinal games that rotate annually among six bowl games – the Goodyear Cotton Bowl, PlayStation Fiesta Bowl, Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, Capital One Orange Bowl, Allstate Sugar Bowl and Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual. This season’s Playoff Semifinals will take place Saturday, December 29, 2018, at the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic and Capital One Orange Bowl. The College Football Playoff National Championship will be Monday, January 7, 2019, at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California.

GWCCA December 20, 2017
Secondary Demolition of the Georgia Dome Successfully Executed


GWCC November 20, 2017
Georgia Dome Demolition Sets Stage for New GWCCA Campus Development

 ATLANTA – (Nov. 20, 2017) (more…)

GWCC November 2, 2017
Former Georgia World Congress Center General Manager Mark Zimmerman Retires

ATLANTA – (November 2, 2017) – After more than 30 years working with the Georgia World Congress Center Authority (GWCCA), former Georgia World Congress Center General Manager Mark Zimmerman has officially retired as senior business consultant for the convention center in order to devote full attention to his new business, Zimmerman Consulting LLC. (more…)

GWCC October 26, 2017
Zellweger and Voight Carry the Torch for Homelessness at GWCC Event

11 Alive entertainment reporter Francesca Amiker chats with Renee Zellweger at the Carry the Torch luncheon Wednesday at the Georgia World Congress Center.

ATLANTA – (October 25, 2017) – Featuring headlining appearances by Academy Award-winning actors Renee Zellweger and Jon Voight, a luncheon today at the Georgia World Congress Center sought to raise awareness of Atlanta’s homeless population.

“Most of us know about and care for the homeless, we just don’t know how to help,” said David Smith, founder of Carry the Torch, an organization that aims to bridge that gap by connecting people that want to help with a plethora of organizations that administer to the needs of the local homeless populace. According to Atlanta Mission, a nonprofit serving local homeless men, women, and children, there are approximately 7,000 homeless people in metro Atlanta, including 2,000 that live on the streets and don’t spend the night in local shelters, along with a growing number of homeless families.

Carry the Torch is trying to raise $1 million for agencies that serve Atlanta’s homeless population. The luncheon fundraiser also promoted Zellweger and Voight’s new film “Same Kind of Different As Me,” based on the book about the relationship between Ron Hall, a former international art dealer, Hall’s wife Deborah, and Denver Moore, a former homeless-man-turned-activist. Hall and Moore co-authored the book. In the movie, which was released Oct. 20, Voight portrays Hall’s father and Zellweger plays Deborah Hall.

After reading “Same Kind of Different As Me” (he received two copies on the same day), Smith he was inspired to be an advocate for Atlanta’s homeless. The program featured guest speakers Jack Hardin, co-chair of the Regional Commission on Homelessness, and Hall, as well as a panel discussion with Zellweger and “Same Kind of Different As Me’’ producer/director Michael Carney, moderated by TV journalist/host Julie Moran. Attendees also had the opportunity to browse and connect with local advocacy groups to learn about real solutions for the homeless in Atlanta.

For more information about Carry the Torch, visit


GWCC October 13, 2017
Modern Art Installation on GWCCA Campus is Just Peachy

On Monday when Gregory Johnson retired for the evening, he slept straight through the night for the first time in a year.

That’s because a 10,000-pound weight had figuratively been lifted from his shoulders earlier in the day. (more…)

First-ever North American Commercial Vehicle Show Revs Up at GWCC

Commuters who traverse I-285, I-20, I-75 and I-85 know that semis, 18-wheelers and other commercial vehicles are no strangers to navigating in and around metro Atlanta’s major roadways. (more…)

Futbol Y’all! Major League Soccer Era on GWCCA Campus Kicks Off at MBS

Are you ready for some futbol, downtown Atlanta? (more…)

GWCC October 2, 2017
Energy Conference Provides Platform for GWCCA’s Sustainability Successes

Cameron Griffith (left), solutions advisor for Trane, GWCCA’s Physical Plant Manager Wayne Rosser, and the Authority’s Corporate Social Responsibility Manager Tim Trefzer proudly display the Energy Project of the Year award.

ATLANTA – (Oct. 2, 2017)

By Kent Kimes

Sr. Staff Writer

What better setting to host the World Energy Engineering Congress (WEEC) than the world’s largest Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified convention center?

The three-day event, sponsored by the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE), kicked off its opening session Sept. 27 at the LEED Silver-certified Georgia World Congress Center (GWCC) with an intimate, candid and often humorous conversation with former President George W. Bush before a rapt audience inside the Sidney Marcus Auditorium.

It was the 43rd president’s second publicized appearance at the GWCC – his first was in 2001 while in office – and the facility’s second presidential visit  of 2017. President Donald J. Trump, was a featured speaker at the National Rifle Association’s ILA Leadership Forum on April 28 at the GWCC.

WEEC, the largest energy conference and technology expo in the U.S. specifically for industrial, business and institutional energy users, presented multiple opportunities for the Georgia World Congress Center Authority’s (GWCCA) downtown Atlanta campus to showcase its energy conservation and sustainability efforts.

  • Prior to the conference’s official kick-off, the Authority’s Physical Plant Manager Wayne Rosser accepted the Energy Project of the Year honors at the AEE 2017 Regional Awards Presentations. The Authority was recognized for its Energy Savings Performance Contract (EPC) with Trane, which is expected to reduce the GWCCA campus’ energy consumption by 39 percent annually, and save more than $2.5 million in utility costs in the first year alone. 
  • The EPC – believed to be the largest for a public assembly venue in the country also was the focus of a presentation given by Cameron Griffith, solutions advisor for Trane, and the Authority’s Corporate Social Responsibility Manager Tim Trefzer as part of the conference’s programming block. The pact is a creative financing solution for capital improvements – and another example of the Authority’s commitment to environmental sustainability. It allowed the GWCCA to use future energy and operational savings to finance the infrastructure improvements up front. The agreement is guaranteed, meaning that if the specified reduction in energy is not met, then Trane will pay the GWCCA the difference, reducing the project’s risk. Major aspects of the multifaceted $28 million project included replacement of the GWCC’s central heating and cooling plant in Building B with modern, more efficient machinery, replacing the GWCC’s interior, exterior and exhibit hall lighting, upgrading the facility’s various water features along with lighting upgrades at Centennial Olympic Park. Energy engineers from around the globe took notes during the session and intently asked Griffith and Trefzer various questions as they sought more details.
  • WEEC attendees took free tours of the convention center’s facility upgrades that were completed in April as part of the energy savings deal. The tour included the new, perhaps surprisingly colorful, central plant chiller room, which consolidated three separate chiller rooms, and now cools the entire 3.9-million-square-foot convention center. Also, the tour provided an up-close view of the GWCC’s new highly-efficient consolidated boiler room and an overview of the more than 60,000 LED lamps that were installed as part of the energy savings contract’s lighting upgrade.
  • The GWCCA campus’ newest kid on the block, the state-of-the-art Mercedes-Benz Stadium (MBS), had a chance to tout its game-changing approach to sustainability when stadium General Manager Scott Jenkins spoke during the AEE Georgia Chapter Luncheon, part of the WEEC. MBS was designed to set a new standard for stadium sustainability and the venue is on track to receive LEED Platinum certification. 

The GWCC was awarded LEED Silver certification in 2014. LEED is an internationally-recognized green building rating system. The Authority is anticipating receiving an upgrade to LEED Gold status, largely on the strength of the successful energy savings contract with Trane.


GWCC September 26, 2017
First-ever North American Commercial Vehicle Show Revs Up at GWCC


ATLANTA – (Sept. 26, 2017)

By Kent Kimes

Sr. Staff Writer

Commuters who traverse I-285, I-20, I-75 and I-85 know that semis, 18-wheelers and other commercial vehicles are no strangers to navigating in and around metro Atlanta’s major roadways. But the technological side of moving these massive haulers from point A to point B is the focus of the inaugural North American Commercial Vehicle Show (NACV) running through Thursday (Sept. 28) at the Georgia World Congress Center (GWCC) in downtown Atlanta.

Although several sparkling and hulking big rig cabs are on display outside the facility on Andrew Young International Boulevard grabbing the attention of passersby, this isn’t a consumer show for “Smokey and the Bandit” enthusiasts. Rather NACV is designed to connect the trucking industry’s leaders, decision-makers, fleet owners and managers directly with vendors demonstrating and selling their latest product lines – and provide ample networking opportunities.

“It will be unlike any existing North American trucking trade show, with a clear focus on technology, and facilitating business between truck fleets and their suppliers,” according to the NACV website.

It’s a back-to-basics, meat-and-potatoes kind of show – granted top-of-the-line choice cuts and taters with all the fixings.IMG_2821

Always risky and difficult to forge a new niche, show organizers saw an opportunity to fill a void and were validated when exhibit space officially sold out in late August. That’s 365,000 square feet of net exhibit space in the GWCC’s Building B Exhibit Hall, featuring 400 exhibitors displaying innovative products and technical advances within the industry.

“Selling out the inaugural NACV Show underscores just how important our new, sophisticated and business-centric trade show concept is to the North American trucking industry audience,” said Larry Turner, president and CEO of Hannover Fairs USA and co-organizer of the NACV Show. “There’s not much unused space in that (exhibit) hall.”

Indeed, the show floor is packed with shiny new freighters, commercial vans, delivery trucks, and aisle after aisle of booths featuring parts, components and the industry’s emerging gadgets – it’s like a trucking superstore on steroids.

And the show has an international flavor as 42 percent of the exhibit floor is occupied by companies headquartered outside of the U.S., including exhibitors from Argentina, Australia, Austria, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, The Netherlands, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan and Turkey.

“We are thrilled that the industry’s leading companies from around the world have embraced the show from its inception,” said Turner.

Attendance at the inaugural NACV Show is expected to reach 12,000, including exhibitors, according to Turner.

NACV is a joint venture between Hannover Fairs USA, Newcom Media and Deutsche Messe, and will be held every other year, alternating with the IAA Commercial Vehicles show in Hannover, Germany. NACV will return to the GWCC in 2019.


GWCC September 20, 2017
EDM Superstar Bassnectar Returns to GWCC To Rock New Year’s Eve


ATLANTA (September 20, 2017 ) –  Bassnectar, one of the world’s top DJs and foremost EDM (electronic dance music) artists, returns to the Georgia World Congress Center (GWCC) for a performance on New Year’s Eve, with tickets going on sale at noon Friday (Sept. 22).

Tickets are $89.99 for general admission and $235 for VIP, available via and Admission is restricted to patrons 18 and older.

Also on the bill are What So Not, OTT, and Phutureprimitive.

Bassnectar, the stage name for American deejay/record producer Lorin Ashton, sold out a two-night stand at the GWCC’s Exhibition Hall A3 last September, transforming the 105,000-square foot space into a mega-dance club, drawing a combined 20,000 devoted Bassheads.

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GWCCA September 14, 2017
Atlanta Super Bowl LIII Host Committee Announces Official Logo, Website And Social Media Channels


ATLANTA (SEPTEMBER 14, 2017) The Atlanta Super Bowl LIII Host Committee today unveiled its official logo and launched its website along with all social media channels. 

The Host Committee’s color emblem is classic red and modern gray with a distinct aerial view of Mercedes-Benz Stadium as part of the logo.

The letters ATL in the ATLANTA word mark are prominently featured in a powerful dark gray color symbolizing a vibrant, progressive and diverse city.

The red and gray color scheme signifies a bold and innovative spirit that is present every day in a global city that prides itself on a unique, inclusive warmth and charm. 

Host to Super Bowl LIII is keenly highlighted in red, which confidently underscores Atlanta’s world-class reputation in the sporting community.

The new state-of-the-art Mercedes-Benz Stadium’s dynamic roof element in the logo showcases a special red and gray color combination that strategically reveals football imagery with gray goal posts as part of the inner roof panel outline.

This motif visually represents the Atlanta Super Bowl Host Committee’s goal to unite this football hotbed as dedicated ambassadors and welcome the preeminent sporting event in the world to Atlanta on February 3, 2019 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on the Georgia World Congress Center Authority campus.

“We want to introduce our logo design with a nod to our great city as well as the finest stadium in the world and show how much we are anticipating the challenge of hosting a Super Bowl experience like none other,” said Atlanta Super Bowl LIII Host Committee Chief Operating Officer Brett Daniels.

“We created this logo to represent the passion, pride and excitement we feel for playing host to pro football’s crown jewel,” added Atlanta Super Bowl LIII Host Committee Executive Director Carl Adkins. “We tried to creatively include the key architectural element of our new iconic stadium in the design while also adding a special football touch as goal posts anchor the dynamic roof panel.”

The Host Committee has selected as it’s official website address. is the site where NFL fans and media can get the latest information on everything related to Super Bowl LIII. The site is live starting today.

To establish consistency and easy access across all social media channels, @atlsuperbowl53 will serve as the official Twitter, Instagram and Facebook handles for the Host Committee.

Media Contact

Frank Kleha

[email protected]


About the Super Bowl LII Host Committee

The Super Bowl LIII Host Committee was formed in 2017 under the Championship Hosting Division of the Atlanta Sports Council. Executive staff includes Carl Adkins, Executive Director, Cyone Batiste, Assistant Director of Communications and Community Engagement, Brett Daniels, Chief Operating Officer, Lee Hendrickson, Vice President of Volunteer Programs and Community Engagement, Julia Karrenbauer, Vice President of Events and Sponsorship Activation, Frank Kleha, Vice President of Marketing and Communications, Phill Lana, Director of Operations and Logistics, Chincie Mouton, Project Manager, Amy Patterson, Vice President of Operations and Logistics, Erin Shearer, Director of Marketing and Communications, Diana Trujillo, Director of Events, and Abe Williams, Volunteer Programs Coordinator