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July 14, 1996

The logo says "Atlanta," but the action during the centennial Olympic Games will be widespread, stretching as far south as Miami and north as Washington, D.C. The majority of the 30 Olympic sports will occur at the 11 venues within the Olympic Ring, a 1.5-mile area surrounding metropolitan Atlanta. Other sports will require spectators to travel to spots throughout Georgia and the Southeast.

Popular attractions include Stone Mountain Park, home of the world's largest granite monolith, and Tennessee's Ocoee River, where extensive rockscaping transformed one stretch into competition-quality whitewater.

The Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games invested about $500 million into the venues. The city of Atlanta will see post-Olympic benefits, such as the new $50-million Centennial Olympic Park, the main downtown gathering spot for Olympic visitors.

Olympic Stadium

Facts and Figures

Stadium building size: 1.6 million square feet.

Total field of play: 205,000 square feet.

Track size: 110,000 square feet.

Inside radius of track: 37 meters.

Lanes: Eight lanes, four feet wide.

Bricks: 1 million

Handrails: 12 miles.

Communications: 150 miles of fiber optic cables.

Light fixtures: 7,059

Stadium lights: 584, at 1,800 watts each.

Conversion to Baseball

Olympic Stadium will be converted to a 49,831-seat ballpark for the Atlanta Braves. About half the stadium will be torn down and the track will be relocated to Clark Atlanta University. Fulton County Stadium will be demolished after the 1996 baseball season and turned into parking for the new stadium.

Remaining portion to be converted into a ballpark for the Braves.

Portion of the stadium to be removed after the Olympic.

Suite Prices

The 60-plus suites range in price from $39,600 for a single day's use of an 18-seat suite to $1.3 million for use of 54-seat suite for the length of the Games.

The Torch

The Olympic cauldron is 132 feet high from its base. During Opening Ceremonies, the torch-bearer will cross a 190-foot steel bridge from the stadium, from the stadium, climbing to light the cauldron.

Field Grass

Field grass is a very dense Bermuda hybrid called Tifway. It was grown on sand and gravel rather than soil to enhance drainage.

Stadium Levels

(A) Service: Olympic officials' lounge and locker space, broadcast equipment area, warm-up track, press areas, electrical rooms, concession kitchen, security office, police precinct.

(B) Field: 48,700 seats, 12 concession areas, ticket windows, first-aid areas.

(C) Terrace: 9,500 seats, concessions, officials' host and first-aid area.

(D) Press: Space for print and broadcast media, event announcer and scoreboard.

(E) Club: 62 private suites seating 5,000 fans, 6,600 additional seats, four food courts, offices.

(F) Upper: 15,000 seats, 15 concession areas, first-aid station.

Georgia Tech Aquatic Center

As the world's swimmers plunge into the pools of Georgia Tech's new aquatic center they will be cushioned, filmed, measured and solar-heated. Six cameras will record their swim strokes and a sensing plate will measure the force of dives off the 10 meter platform. While providing material for biomechanical research, they will enjoy several high-tech comforts:

* Diving pool releases clouds of compressed air into the water, cushioning the impact of dives.

* Main pool has a moveable bottom. Depth will remain at 3 meters for the Olympics. After Games, pool can be made more shallow.

* Lane divider paddle wheels will be larger than those at past Olympics. Paddle discs absorb the energy of waves, decreasing turbulence.

Public Transportation

* Atlanta venues: There will be no parking at venues inside the Olympic Ring. Olympic ticket-holders may ride free on the city's MARTA (Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority) buses for the day of their events. Those who want to drive can park for $10 at Park & Ride shuttle lots and take buses to MARTA trains to downtown venues.

* Outlying venues: Shuttles will run from MARTA rail stations to the Georgia International Horse Park, Atlanta Beach, Wolf Creek Shooting Complex and Stone Mountain Park. Private transportation varies to Lake Lanier, Atlanta, Ococee River Savannah, Columbus and out-of-state venues.

Olympic Village

During the Games, the 270-acre village located on the Georgia Tech campus will house 15,000 athletes and officials and will become its own city, with a police department, ZIP code and newspaper. Other amenities include:

Health club

Swimming pool

Worldwide Web Pavilion

Coffee house



Dry cleaner

Hair salon


Post office



Bowling alley

Laser tag and video arcade

* More than 1.2 million meals will be prepared, up to 60,000 a day at it's peak. The main dining hall has 3,400 seats and is open 24 hours a day.

* A transportation system using electric trams, bicycles and golf carts will move residents around the village.

* There will be round-the-clock religious services.

New Venues

1. Olympic Stadium

* Cost to build: $207 million.

* Construction time: Two years

* Capacity: 83,100

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