Landmarks & Legacies: Soccer ball sculpture at Mercedes-Benz Stadium is a kick

Landmarks & Legacies is an occasional unConventional blog series exploring the various identifying and distinctive physical features of the GWCCA campus. Perhaps you’ve posed for a selfie with the enormous, reflective stainless steel soccer ball overlooking The Home Depot Backyard when you attended an Atlanta United game at state-of-the-art Mercedes Benz Stadium (MBS). But did … Read More

Kent Kimes March 6,2020

The Tip-off: Come on, let’s bounce on GWCCA’s championship campus

Remember that epic fast food commercial with basketball legends Larry Bird and Michael Jordan sinking outlandish shots while playing a game of H.O.R.S.E. that spilled out of the gym and into urban environments? “Off the expressway, over the river, off the billboard, through the window, off the wall – nothing but net,” says Jordan as … Read More

Kent Kimes February 27,2020

Plan ahead for weekend events on GWCCA campus

The Georgia World Congress Center Authority’s (GWCCA) downtown campus and surrounding areas will host a variety of overlapping events from Friday, Feb. 28 through Sunday, March 1, bringing heavy vehicular and pedestrian traffic to downtown Atlanta. Here’s a look at some events taking place on the GWCCA campus this weekend: Friday, Feb. 28: Atlanta International … Read More

Jaleesa Fears

The Progress Report: Downtown Ambassador Force extends campus hospitality

Each year, Downtown Atlanta welcomes more than 50 million visitors, many of whom come to the area to attend meetings, events, and conventions at the Georgia World Congress Center Authority’s (GWCCA) campus. Thus, tourism and hospitality are priority areas for Central Atlanta Progress and the Atlanta Downtown Improvement District (CAP/ADID). Our collective efforts aim to, … Read More

Paige Sullivan February 14,2020

The Tip-off: Final Four reading competition a slam dunk with students

Selection Sunday is one of the most exciting days in collegiate sports. It’s when NCAA basketball teams find out if they’re going to the Big Dance. The tournament brackets are revealed on live TV, and the broadcast usually features the jubilant reactions of players and their fans/fellow students. Channeling that aura of excitement and anticipation, … Read More

Kent Kimes January 30,2020

Landmarks & Legacies: Ivan Allen, Jr.’s imprint on GWCCA campus

Landmarks & Legacies is an occasional unConventional blog series exploring the various identifying and distinctive physical features of the GWCCA campus. Atlanta is among the fastest-growing large cities in the country, according to a report published by WalletHub, and its continued growth and success are due in large part to visionary city leaders both past … Read More

Jaleesa Fears January 22,2020

Tuesday Talk: Mayor invokes MLK, touts Final Four as a unifier

Tuesday Talk rounds up the latest Georgia World Congress Center Authority (GWCCA) news you might have missed and also points forward to upcoming events on our campus. Last week’s tipoff event to promote the return of the NCAA Men’s Final Four to Atlanta and the GWCCA campus also coincided with a significant milestone in the … Read More

Kent Kimes January 21,2020

Last-minute GWCCA Holiday Gift Guide for 2019

It’s that time of year again. The gift-giving season is upon us, leaving shoppers with the task of trying to find out-of-the-ordinary, yet affordable options, all while the clock is ticking. But here’s a bit of holiday cheer: unConventional has done the legwork for you. Here are some easy, unConventional if you will, gift ideas … Read More

Kent Kimes December 16,2019

The Progress Report: Downtown Atlanta’s public-private successes

Editor’s Note: The Progress Report is a new unConventional quarterly series that explores the relationship between Central Atlanta Progress/Atlanta Downtown Improvement District and the Georgia World Congress Center Authority. Central Atlanta Progress and the Atlanta Downtown Improvement District (CAP/ADID) have a long-standing and rich relationship with the Georgia World Congress Center Authority (GWCCA). CAP/ADID represents … Read More

Paige Sullivan November 28,2019

Tuesday Talk: T. Swift headlines free Final Four fest at Centennial Olympic Park

Tuesday Talk rounds up the latest Georgia World Congress Center Authority (GWCCA) news you might have missed and also points forward to upcoming events on our campus. ICYMI (In Case You Missed It): Taylor Swift is returning to the GWCCA campus for the third stint in five years as the NCAA announced late last week … Read More

Kent Kimes November 12,2019

Imagine a day without water on the GWCCA campus?

H20 doesn’t necessarily come to mind when you think about the Georgia World Congress Center Authority’s (GWCCA) sprawling 220-acre downtown Atlanta campus. Yet, water plays an important day-to-day role, from operations to aesthetics to the guest experience. For instance, what would Centennial Olympic Park be without its iconic Fountain of Rings which provides hours of … Read More

Kent Kimes October 23,2019

Tuesday Talk: Outlook for meetings and events in Atlanta looks bright in 2020

Tuesday Talk rounds up the latest Georgia World Congress Center Authority (GWCCA) news you might have missed and also points forward to upcoming events on our campus. Atlanta has moved into the Top 10 cities in North America for meetings and events for 2020, according to projections compiled by CWT M&E, the meetings and events … Read More

Kent Kimes September 10,2019

ONE Musicfest brings the heat to Centennial Olympic Park

ONE Musicfest got off to a blistering start Saturday at Centennial Olympic Park. Despite temperatures that soared into the mid-90s, more than 14,000 festival-goers found ways to beat the heat with personal cooling devices, church-style fans handed out by vendors, grabbing bits of shade under the Park’s tree canopy and staying hydrated via free water … Read More

Kent Kimes September 8,2019

National Tailgating Day: Home Depot Backyard is the place for pre-gaming

Football season is here and The Home Depot Backyard is your one-stop destination for pregame festivities before Atlanta Falcons games all season long. In honor of National Tailgating Day (Saturday, Sept. 7), unConventional checked in with The Home Depot Backyard, a beautiful, 11-acre green space that is situated on the site of the former Georgia Dome … Read More

Parker Hendricks September 6,2019

Retooled Centennial Olympic Park visitor center now open

Meet the new Visitor Information Center at Centennial Olympic Park. Now open, the refreshed space located near the popular Fountain of Rings is a collaboration between the Georgia World Congress Center Authority (GWCCA) and Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau (ACVB). The discerning eye may notice the swirling, circular Atlanta logo (that’s ACVB’s) on the building … Read More

Jennifer Tinker July 10,2019
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