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Centennial Olympic Stadium

Stadium information
Location755 Hank Aaron Drive SE, Atlanta, Georgia 30315
Broke groundJuly 10, 1993
OpenedJuly 19, 1996
RenovatedAugust 27, 1996 (Reconfigured as Turner Field)
OwnerAtlanta Committee for the Olympic Games
Construction cost$207 million
ArchitectHeery International; Rosser International; Williams-Russell and Johnson; Ellerbe Becket
Tenants1996 Summer Olympics

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Centennial Olympic Stadium was the 85,000-seat main stadium of the 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta. Construction of the stadium began in 1993, and it was complete and ready for the Opening Ceremony in July 1996, where it hosted track and field events and the closing ceremony. After the Olympics and Paralympics, it was reconstructed into the baseball-specific Turner Field.

During the week-long athletics program, the stadium bore witness to Donovan Bailey of Canada winning the 100 m in a world record time of 9.84 s; Michael Johnson winning both the 200 and 400 metres titles, breaking the 200 m world record in the process; and France's Marie-José Pérec also winning the 200/400 double. Meanwhile, Carl Lewis won his fourth consecutive Olympic title in the long jump, becoming only the second person, after Al Oerter, to win the same athletics event at four consecutive Games.

After the closing ceremony of the 1996 Paralympics, the stadium was officially leased by the Atlanta Braves. Private entities, including NBC and other Olympic sponsors, agreed to pay a large sum of the cost to build Centennial Olympic Stadium (approximately $170 million of the $209 million bill). The Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games (ACOG) sought to build the stadium in a way that it could be converted to a new baseball stadium, and ACOG paid for the conversion. This was considered a good agreement for both the Olympic Committee and the Braves, because there would be no use for a permanent 85,000 seat track and field stadium in Downtown Atlanta, as the 71,000 seat Georgia Dome had been completed 4 years earlier by the state of Georgia. Furthermore, the Braves had already been exploring opportunities for a new venue to replace Atlanta Fulton County Stadium. The Atlanta Fulton County Recreation Authority owns Turner Field and the Atlanta Braves have leased the field through 2016.

The southwest corner of the Olympic Stadium was built to accommodate the future baseball infield and seating. This is easily seen in aerial views and diagrams of the stadium in its Olympic configuration, where the seats are not placed next to the oval running track. The southwest part of the stadium also had four tiers of seats, luxury boxes, a facade facing the street, and a roof, whereas the north half of the stadium used a simpler two-tiered seating configuration. During reconstruction, the athletics track was removed, and the north half of the stadium was demolished, reducing the capacity to 49,000. Because of the need to fit a track within the stadium in its earlier incarnation, the field of play, particularly foul territory, while not large by historical standards, is still larger than most new MLB stadiums.

Reconstruction was complete in 1997, and the facility was renamed Turner Field. Afterward, the 1960s-era Atlanta Fulton County Stadium, the Braves' previous home and the venue for the Olympics baseball events, was imploded.

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La Salle-Peru High School--Somebody should inform the Mayor to open up -Centennial Olympic Stadium- on Hank Aaron Dr., the 1996 Olympics are back. While baseball will always be embedded ... - Date : Thu, 12 Aug 2010 20:28:15 GMT+00:00
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SportsBusiness Daily (subscription)--LENDING SUPPORT: The GUARDIAN's Owen Gibson noted EPL club West Ham United's bid to "move into the -Olympic Stadium- after the 2012 games received a boost" ... - Date : Wed, 21 Jul 2010 16:29:33 GMT+00:00
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Victoria Times Colonist---...- featured in the 2010 Victoria International Track and Field Classic at -Centennial Stadium- on July 7, but annual fixture Gary Reed won't be one of them. ... - Date : Thu, 24 Jun 2010 09:05:14 GMT+00:00
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Naperville Sun---Centennial- Beach was the site of the Naperville leg of the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run to support the Illinois Special Olympics. ... - Date : Mon, 07 Jun 2010 05:03:18 GMT+00:00
Locals United to Save Centennial Park - StreetCorner Tweet this news
StreetCorner---...- backing a move to build a giant sports -stadium- in the park, taking up a third of the entire park in the faint hope he might get the 1988 -Olympic- Games. ... - Date : Wed, 09 Jun 2010 01:34:29 GMT+00:00
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Bleacher Report--In particular, -Centennial Stadium- of the University of Victoria was only temporarily expanded to 30000 seats, more than enough for a CFL franchise, ... - Date : Thu, 22 Apr 2010 01:29:35 GMT+00:00
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Preceded by
Estadi Olímpic de Montjuïc
Summer Olympics
Opening and Closing Ceremonies (Olympic Stadium)

Succeeded by
Stadium Australia
Preceded by
Estadi Olímpic de Montjuïc
Olympic Athletics competitions
Main Venue

Succeeded by
Stadium Australia

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