“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Athens in Athens-Clarke County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)

Olympic Games in Athens

Olympic Games in Athens Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, July 12, 2008
1. Olympic Games in Athens Marker
Inscription. Click to hear the inscription.  
In summer 1996, Athens, Georgia, shone as the largest Olympic venue site outside Atlanta, as the state hosted the Centennial Olympic Games July 19 - August 4. Some 650,000 visitors bought tickets to events at three University of Georgia venues: soccer in Sanford Stadium, and volleyball and rhythmic gymnastics in Stegeman Coliseum. Competition here was highlighted August 1 by the first gold medal match in women's soccer, won by the United States team before a crowd of 76,481, to that date the largest ever to witness a women's sporting event. That week, Athens hosted eight soccer matches. Festive crowds filled the campus and downtown Athens daily. Earlier, UGA and Athens hosted Olympic teams from Australia and Sweden for training. On July 15, an estimated 50,000 people lined the streets and filled downtown as the Olympic Torch Relay traversed Clarke County. UGA alumnus and Olympics Chief Billy Payne carried the torch through Sanford Stadium and spoke to the huge crowd gathered in this plaza. Athens 96, a community coordinating group, organized hundreds of Athenians who volunteered many hours of service to make guests from around the world welcome in this Olympic Athens.
Location. 33° 57.609′ N, 83° 22.394′ W. Marker is in Athens, Georgia, in Athens-Clarke County. Marker is at the intersection of North Thomas Street and East Washington Street, on the right when traveling north on North Thomas Street. Touch for map. The marker is in front of the Athens Classic Center, a meeting and performing arts venue. Marker is at or near this postal address: 300 N. Thomas Street, Athens GA 30601, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Clarke County (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Dedicated to the Veterans of 1898 to 1902 (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Athens Double-Barrelled Cannon (approx. 0.2 miles away); Dr. Moses Waddel (approx. 0.2 miles away); First Presbyterian Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Clarke County Confederate Monument (approx. 0.2 miles away); University of Georgia (approx. 0.2 miles away); Holmes/Hunter Academic Building (approx. mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Athens.
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Credits. This page was last revised on July 16, 2018. This page originally submitted on September 28, 2008, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 1,342 times since then and 17 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on September 28, 2008, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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