Tuesday Talk: Joe Rogan, innovative projects, campus buzz

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.


Tickets went on sale last week – and quickly sold out – for comedian/podcaster/Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) commentator Joe Rogan’s stand-up comedy show set for April 12 at the Georgia World Congress Center’s (GWCC) Sidney Marcus Auditorium.

Rogan, who hosted the reality challenge show “Fear Factor” and before that appeared in various sitcoms such as “Hardball” and “NewsRadio,” has also made a name for himself in MMA circles, hosting “The Ultimate Fighter” reality show, as well as “Inside the UFC” and “UFC Wired,” and also providing color commentary for UFC bouts and his Joe Rogan Experience – Fight Companion podcast.

UFC 236, by the way, is scheduled for April 13 across the street from the GWCC at State Farm Arena.


The Georgia World Congress Center, the nation’s fourth-largest convention center, is featured in a recent article by Meetings Today magazine identifying six innovative convention center projects in the U.S.

The article cites the GWCC’s current $55 million expansion project:
“The new 100,000-square-foot exhibit hall between buildings B and C will create more than 1 million square feet of contiguous exhibition space.”

The piece also explains that the new exhibit hall is part of the Authority’s master plan, known as 2020 Vision, which also includes the campus’ headquarter hotel, the recently announced Signia by Hilton, the iconic hotelier’s new events-and-meetings focused brand.


It’s another busy week at the No. 1 convention, sports and entertainment destination in the world.

Here’s a rundown: