The 411 on 420 Fest at Centennial Olympic Park

SweetWater 420 Fest celebrates its 15th anniversary this weekend (April 19-21) while also marking its sixth go-round at downtown Atlanta’s crown jewel greenspace, Centennial Olympic Park. “We’re stoked to be back here again,” said Jennifer Bensch, President of Happy Ending Productions, which promotes and produces the three-day festival. Kicking off Friday (April 19), 420 Fest … Read More

Kent Kimes April 18,2019

Saddle up for sheriff’s bike safety rodeo on GWCCA campus

Part of the Georgia World Congress Center Authority’s (GWCCA) mission is to enhance the quality of life of every Georgian. We do this through a number of activities on our campus and through involvement with the surrounding community. On Saturday (April 13) the GWCCA hosts the fourth installment of the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office Bike … Read More

Holly Richmond April 11,2019

Centennial Olympic Park Town Hall Recap

Officials from the Georgia World Congress Center Authority (GWCCA) and Happy Endings Productions met with Centennial Olympic Park community members on Wednesday (April 3) to discuss details of the upcoming SweetWater 420 Fest taking place April 19–21 at the Park. Here are a few highlights from the town hall below: Got a Minute to Give? … Read More

Parker Hendricks April 5,2019

Futbol fever returns to GWCCA’s championship campus

When fans arrive at Sunday’s home opener for the Atlanta United they will notice several new changes for the 2019 season at Mercedes-Benz Stadium (MBS) on the Georgia World Congress Center Authority campus. The Five Stripes, who won the 2018 MLS Cup in the team’s second season of existence, welcome a new head coach in … Read More

Parker Hendricks March 8,2019

Sweetwater 420 Fest at Centennial Olympic Park adds to lineup

SweetWater 420 Fest, set for April 19-21 at Centennial Olympic Park on the Georgia World Congress Center Authority’s downtown Atlanta campus, has revealed more details about this year’s event, including noteworthy entertainment additions and the unveiling of its annual artist/brewery beer collaborations. Announced today, improvisational group Everyone Orchestra, conducted by musician/activist Matt Butler, will play … Read More

Kent Kimes February 26,2019

Be our guest: GWCCA welcomes Signia Hilton as hotel flagship

Imagine you’re downtown for the SEC Championship Game, and you’re gazing down at the magnificent Mercedes-Benz Stadium (MBS) and the rest of the picturesque Atlanta skyline from your 25th-floor hotel suite. After a dip in the infinity pool and a quick spa treatment, you head out to the SEC FanFare in Building C of the … Read More

Kent Kimes February 22,2019

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