The Georgia World Congress Center (GWCC) is Atlanta’s premier event venue and host to numerous National Conventions each year. Encompassing over 3.9 million square feet in exhibition space and hosting more than a million visitors each year, the GWCC is the fourth-largest convention center in the United States. Opened in 1976, the GWCC was the first state-owned convention center established in the United States. The center is operated on behalf of the state by the Georgia World Congress Center Authority, which was chartered in 1971 by Georgia General Assembly to develop an international trade and exhibition center in Atlanta. The authority later developed Centennial Olympic Park and the Georgia Dome.
In addition to convention and trade shows, the GWCC often coordinates with the Georgia Dome to host activities in conjunction with major events being held at the dome. Every year, the center hosts SEC Football Fanfare, a two-day fan festival for the thousands of Southeastern Conference football fans in the city for the SEC Championship Game. The center played host to a similar event in tandem with WrestleMania XXVII. And has allowed Atlanta to host major sporting events such as the Final Four and the Super Bowl.
The GWCC is located in downtown Atlanta at 285 Andrew Young International Boulevard NW, adjacent to Centennial Olympic Park, the Georgia Dome, CNN Center and Philips Arena. Public transportation is serviced by the Dome/GWCC/Philips Arena/CNN Center MARTA station