Hosting the Olympics is a huge honor, and the competition to host the games is almost Olympics-level in itself! Today we’re looking at 10 venues from the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta that you can still visit today. Some remain open; others have since closed; and a few have transformed into something new entirely. The Olympics had a massive impact on Atlanta, and it’s incredible to look at each of the buildings used to host this global event. Many of these sporting venues were built from scratch, just for the purpose of the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. Let’s take a look:

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Do you remember the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta? Did you attend any of the events in person, or know anyone who did? Share your memories and experiences in the comments section below — we would love to hear them!

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1996 Olympics in Atlanta

How many people attended the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta?

The 1996 Olympics was huge for Georgia, attracting more than two million people to the Peach State. In addition, nearly 3.5 billion people around the world watched on television. The opening ceremony on July 19, 1996, attracted a crowd of approximately 83,000 to Olympic Stadium. Post-games, Atlanta saw a huge surge in population that continues to this day, from 3.5 million people in 1996 to nearly 5.5 million currently living in the metro area. The Olympics were a boon for the economy; with Olympic Park being its most notable legacy. The park was part of the Olympics' $5 billion economic impact on the city. (In a related note, the city saw a huge influx in traffic, too.)

How did the 1996 Olympics affect Atlanta?

As noted above, the Olympics had a huge impact on the economy, creating jobs and, in the case of Olympic Park, iconic tourist destinations. In terms of Olympic venues to visit in Atlanta, the eponymous Olympic Park reigns supreme. Another notable attraction to come from the games was the Georgia Aquarium, which today is one of the most beloved destinations in the Peach State. The Olympics undoubtedly put Atlanta on the map as a major global metropolis.

Where have the Olympics Games taken place in the U.S.?

It's a huge honor to host the Olympics Games, as the following U.S. cities can attest. Most recently, the 1980 Winter Olympics were hosted in Lake Placid, New York; the 1984 Summer Olympics were hosted in Los Angeles, California; the 2002 Winter Olympics were held in Salt Lake City, Utah; and in 2028, the Summer Olympics are set to be held right back in sunny Los Angeles!