The Tip-off: Final Four fever heating up on GWCCA campus

We don’t yet know what quartet of college and university teams will be represented here, but many of the other pieces of a fantastic NCAA Men’s Final Four are coming together. And the Georgia World Congress Center Authority’s (GWCCA) downtown Atlanta campus will be the epicenter of Final Four activity. Welcome to The Tip-off, a … Read More

Kent Kimes January 16,2020

Landmarks & Legacies: Whimsical mural spices up Centennial Olympic Park visitors center

Welcome to Landmarks & Legacies, a new unConventional series exploring many of the distinctive physical features, prominent landscapes, public art displays, historic monuments, and architectural idiosyncrasies of the Georgia World Congress Center Authority’s (GWCCA) 220-plus acre downtown Atlanta campus. You may ask, why is there a giant stainless steel peach sculpture on the GWCCA’s East … Read More

Kent Kimes January 10,2020

Celebration Bowl builds on family tradition as Aggies three-peat

As a proud alumna of North Carolina A&T State University and a Greensboro, N.C, native, I wouldn’t have missed Saturday’s (Dec. 21) Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl for the world. The Celebration Bowl crowns a winner between the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) and Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC). “The event’s mission is to provide the schools, alumni, fans, and … Read More

Ashley Gilmer December 23,2019

420 Fest at Centennial Olympic Park adds to 2020 lineup

The Grammy Award-winning rock act Cage the Elephant has joined Sweetwater 420 Fest at Centennial Olympic Park as 2020 headliners while Gary Clark, Jr. was dropped from the lineup due to scheduling conflicts. Cage the Elephant is just one of several performing acts announced today bolstering the festival’s previously-revealed lineup that includes Phish frontman Trey … Read More

Kent Kimes December 12,2019

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

Tuesday Talk: Sweetwater 420 Fest artists revealed, Cool Globes surround coolest stadium

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. Sweetwater 420 Fest is coming back to Centennial Olympic Park in 2020 with a double-dose of Phish frontman Trey Anastasio. Anastasio will perform at the three-day event with … Read More

Kent Kimes October 22,2019

Hoop Dreams: GWCCA campus serves as epicenter of summer basketball

The NCAA Division I, II, and III Men’s National Champions will be crowned on our championship campus in April as Mercedes-Benz Stadium and State Farm Arena host the NCAA Final Four but the hoops action is already heating up this summer in downtown Atlanta. Thousands of high school basketball players hoping to become the next … Read More

Parker Hendricks July 11,2019

Fourth of July Celebration makes triumphant return to Centennial Olympic Park

The Georgia World Congress Center Authority’s (GWCCA) annual Fourth of July Celebration returned tonight to Centennial Olympic Park with a bang. Billed as the Southeast’s largest Independence Day fireworks show, a crowd close to 20,000 gathered in the Park to witness the pyrotechnic extravaganza. Set to a mix of patriotic and popular music – including … Read More

Kent Kimes July 4,2019

GWCCA’s July 4 celebration back at Centennial Olympic Park for 2019

It’s baaaaaaaaaack. The Georgia World Congress Center Authority’s (GWCCA) annual free, family-friendly Independence Day celebration is back on familiar ground for 2019, returning to Centennial Olympic Park. Last year’s event was staged at the GWCCA’s International Plaza due to construction and renovation of the Park. But the $27 million capital improvement projects are now complete … Read More

Kent Kimes June 5,2019

Mexico vs. Venezuela: International futbol flair returns to GWCCA campus

Before the reigning MLS Champions, Atlanta United and Mercedes-Benz were a reality, big-time soccer was getting its introduction to Atlanta at the former Georgia Dome on the Georgia World Congress Center Authority’s (GWCCA) campus. On June 24, 2009, Mexico and Venezuela played the first international friendly (exhibition) soccer game at the Georgia Dome. The crowd … Read More

Parker Hendricks June 3,2019

Final Four 2020: GWCCA’s championship campus readies for another shining moment

Not only is the NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four crowning the Division I champion on Atlanta’s championship campus in 2020, but the men’s Division II and Division III championships will be played here, too. It’s a feat that’s only been pulled off once before – back in 2013, and that was also in Atlanta. In … Read More

Kent Kimes April 24,2019

Beer + Music = SweetWater 420 at Centennial Olympic Park

Beer and rock ‘n’ roll have gone hand-in-hand since the inception of the pop culture-defining music genre, but SweetWater 420 Fest has fused the two together – literally – with its artist collaboration brew series. With the birth of the craft beer movement, non-corporate breweries, such as the 420 festival’s Atlanta-based namesake, have the ability … Read More

Kent Kimes April 21,2019

It’s the jam: Everyone Orchestra takes 420 improvisations to heart

Jam bands are generally defined as groups that incorporate long sections of improvising – or jamming – into their live shows. While infusing many other genres throughout its 15-year history, the Sweetwater 420 Fest’s bread-and-butter has remained artists associated with the jam band scene, from Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart to Umphrey’s McGee, and this … Read More

Kent Kimes April 20,2019

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