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

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
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