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Lasting Legacies Even though the 1996 Games were termed the “Atlanta Olympics,” events were held throughout Georgia.
The stadium was built for the Atlanta Braves, then retrofitted for track and field events and the opening and closing ceremonies.
“We probably have had eight or 10 proposals come our way from people who felt like they could get the thing going again,” says Bob Cowhig, director of planning and development for the SMMA.
“And every time we got into it, there were just some financial issues we weren’t comfortable with.” Cowhig says most offers didn’t have the financial backing they needed.
For example, the recreation center has developed a robust SCUBA diving program.
It also houses an outdoor center, where students can sign up for kayaking, camping and hiking trips or rent equipment on their own.
The Georgia International Horse Park in Conyers still hosts equestrian competitions — as well as concerts and festivals.