Record-breaking IPPE at GWCC includes exhibitor Baader’s centennial celebration

Hitting the century mark in today’s rapidly-changing business landscape is no small feat and German-based food processing pioneer BAADER chose to celebrate this milestone at IPPE (the International Production & Processing Expo), coinciding with the company’s recently-unveiled rebranding efforts. One of IPPE’s long-running exhibitors, BAADER commemorated its 100-year anniversary with a special ceremony Wednesday afternoon … Read More

Kent Kimes February 14,2019

unConventional picks favorite Super Bowl commercials – what’s yours?

While experts predict at least 100 million viewers, and maybe more, will tune in Sunday as the Los Angeles Rams battle the New England Patriots during Super Bowl LIII at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, those numbers will surely include casual observers that check in just for the halftime show. Then there’s another segment that’s interested in the … Read More

Kent Kimes February 1,2019

The 411 on 420 Fest’s daily schedule and daily tix

Attention Spreadheads: you knew Widespread Panic was headlining two days of the three-day Sweetwater 420 Fest at Centennial Olympic Park in April, but now we know which two. The venerable Athens jam band will close out the festival on Saturday, April 20 and Sunday, April 21, performing two sets each night. The festival – set … Read More

Kent Kimes January 29,2019

SweetWater 420 Fest reveals 2019 lineup additions

Sweetwater 420 Fest, set for April 19-21 at Centennial Olympic Park, revealed a slew of additions to its lineup today, including another headliner, the Grateful Dead-inspired Joe Russo’s Almost Dead. Russo, pictured drumming above is a former member of Grateful Dead offshoot Furthur, and his Almost Dead bandmates are well-regarded in the jam band scene, … Read More

Kent Kimes January 10,2019

Junior Achievement location a natural fit on GWCCA campus

The Georgia World Congress Center Authority (GWCCA) campus is home to one of the coolest places on earth…especially if you ask a local middle schooler. The Chick-fil-A Junior Achievement Discovery Center, housed in Building C of the Georgia World Congress Center (GWCC), opened in September of 2013, and recently expanded and renovated its space and … Read More

Alicia McNease December 27,2018

Newest Centennial Olympic Park feature is (The) Spectacular – and built for selfies

The craftsmen responsible for iconic signage on the Peachtree Street bridge over the I-75/I-85 Connector, at Ponce City Market and the renovated Rialto Theatre marquee have created what’s sure to be another Atlanta landmark for Centennial Olympic Park – and it’s spectacular. Actually, it’s The Spectacular. Standing 11 feet tall, 23-and-a-half feet wide, and weighing … Read More

Kent Kimes December 21,2018

MLS champs celebrated on GWCCA’s championship campus

Atlanta’s newest champions were given the royal treatment befitting a championship campus today. Fresh off of capturing the Major League Soccer (MLS) Cup on Saturday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium (MBS) in front of a record crowd of 73,019, the Atlanta United FC and thousands of rabid fans, basked in the championship glory of today’s parade and … Read More

Kent Kimes December 10,2018

Meet the WISE women of Atlanta’s Super Bowl LIII

A new mural at the exterior base of Mercedes-Benz Stadium (MBS), part of the Atlanta Super Bowl Host Committee’s “Off the Wall” initiative dedicated to Atlanta’s civil rights legacy and current social justice movements, depicts a young African-American girl flexing her muscles – a display of strength. Inside the state-of-the-art stadium on Wednesday evening a … Read More

Kent Kimes December 6,2018

There’s much to be thankful for on the GWCCA campus

The turning of leaves, a cornucopia of pumpkin spice offerings, and cooler weather are sure signs that the holiday season has arrived. And while it’s a great time for personal reflection, it’s also the perfect time for us here at the Georgia World Congress Center Authority (GWCCA) to share some of what we have to … Read More

Holly Richmond November 19,2018

Game on: DreamHack returns to GWCCA campus

Thousands of gamers waited in the cold to enter the 2018 version of DreamHack Atlanta located in Building A of the Georgia World Congress Center (GWCC) on Friday morning, but inside the action was heating up as guests got acclimated to their surroundings for the three-day gaming lifestyle festival. This international festival based out of … Read More

Parker Hendricks November 17,2018

Widespread Panic, Isbell, Avett Bros. headline 2019’s SweetWater 420 Fest

***** UPDATE: Early bird passes are sold out ********** Stay calm, Widespread Panic is coming back to make more memories at Centennial Olympic Park. The venerable Athens-born jam band returns to headline Sweetwater 420 Fest’s 2019 lineup at the park in April, along with Grammy-winning Americana artist Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, popular folk-rock … Read More

Kent Kimes October 23,2018

Savannah’s convention center rebrands with bold new look

The Savannah International Trade & Convention Center’s (SITCC) ship has sailed. Still officially and formally known as the SITCC, new branding standards feature the simpler moniker Savannah Convention Center and a redesigned logo minus the tall ship motif the center has utilized since its opening in 2000. The Savannah Convention Center, which is managed by … Read More

Kent Kimes October 15,2018

“Venom” in the underbelly of the GWCCA campus

Another classic Marvel character’s stand-alone feature flick is set to debut in theaters on Friday (Oct. 5), and there’s a Georgia World Congress Center Authority connection. “Venom” is the story of Eddie Brock (portrayed by Tom Hardy), who turns into an unwitting host for an alien symbiote and together they become the super-powered anti-hero Venom. … Read More

mroach October 4,2018

MacGyver knows: GWCCA’s campus is a hidden gem for TV productions

Fall is officially here, bringing the 2018-2019 TV season along with it. Broadcast networks have been rolling out their fall line-ups with big prime time premieres and as we make our way through what’s known in the industry as “premiere week,” there’s one show that we are particularly excited to see. Tonight, we’ll be watching … Read More

admin September 28,2018

Opening of The Home Depot Backyard highlights changes to game day experience

When the Atlanta Falcons begin their sophomore season at Mercedes-Benz Stadium (MBS) on Sunday against the Carolina Panthers, fans will notice a new addition to the guest experience with the opening of the brand new The Home Depot Backyard. The 11 acres of multi-purpose greenspace, which officially opened Tuesday, sits on the site of the … Read More

Parker Hendricks September 11,2018