Atlanta wins bid for Summer Olympics

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Atlanta wins bid for Summer Olympics - THE ATLANTA CONSTITUT ION For J 22 Year the...
THE ATLANTA CONSTITUT ION For J 22 Year the South's Standard Newspaper Copjrrtfht 1990 The AtlanU Conititution WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 1990 SPORTS FINAL 25 CENTS " ' J(5JLILIlb(5 City celebrates Olympics win, faces huge job ahead r (ojcano OIYMPICS REPORT ;The games of Atlanta: July 20 - August 4, 1996 Five full pages of coverage inside: A7, 8, 9, 10 and 12 TICKETS: How to get them . and what they'll cost. A7 , .-f .-f .-f , . N- N- ; fJ-- fJ-- fJ-- VENUES: What Atlanta has and what it needs. AS SPORTS: New stadium will become Braves' home. A8 REACTION: Athens shocked . by loss of bid. A9 BUSINESS: How local firms . , hope to profit. A10 i ii M, ,r i ) I in. i mi i : ' , ii ' ' in i - COCA-COLA: COCA-COLA: COCA-COLA: What role did the Olympics' top corporate sponsor play? A10 ARTS: Games will have major impact on Atlanta's : cultural life, too. A12 EDITORIAL The torch is 'passed to Atlanta. A14 LEWIS GRIZZARD: What? : We didn't lose again? Dl TRAFFIC: Plans laid to avoid trafficjamsin'96. Dlf 2 OLYMPICS HOTLINE CALL US with your questions about the Olympics. We'll get answers , and print them Sunday. 2222044 COMING SUNDAY SPECIAL SECTION: Your . guide to the 1996 Summer Olympics, with the inside story of how Atlanta won.. Hl'-. Hl'-. Hl'-. ' I (" - . Dianne LaaksoStaff Huge crowd at Underground Atlanta breaks into par- par- : oxysms of joy Tuesday morning as Atlanta is named ; host city for the 1996 Olympic Games. . Victory attributed to Payne, Young By Bert Roughton Jr. and Karen Rosen Staff writers TOKYO Atlanta's stunning Olympic victory was being attributed Tuesday to a combination of Billy Payne's obsession with winning the Games and Andy Young's abilities to woo International Olympic Committee (IOC) members, particularly in Africa. "When you look at the vote, it's clear that former former Mayor Andy Young won it for them," said Dick Angell, a former director of the failed attempt for the Winter Games in Anchorage, Alaska. "You take out the two U.S. members, and the other IOC members who were obviously for Atlanta, and you have 14 votes that's the Africans. That's Andy Young." Staying alive in the early voting rounds was Atlanta's Atlanta's strategy from day one. "We always thought we had to be everyone's second and third choice to win," said Charlie Battle, the city's chief traveling emissary to the IOC. Votes kept trickling to Atlanta until the fifth round, when Toronto was eliminated, sending all its followers to Atlanta and putting the city over the top. Please see GAMES, A12 .f ..'1 i 'K'J'l 1'iHii"J'-.-".: 1'iHii"J'-.-".: 1'iHii"J'-.-".: 1'iHii"J'-.-".: 1'iHii"J'-.-".: 'I'"'-, 'I'"'-, 'I'"'-, i t 1 .V.: I'' ... . I L- L- 1 r i.. ; r i f ' ... . . . - ' , ! ! Frank NiemeirStaff fireworks light up the sky over Underground Atlanta on Tuesday night as jubilant crowds celebrate winning the 1996 Olympics. The impromptu party party lasted through the day and into the night, with area hotels and restaurants restaurants offering special deals related to the Games. ; The electric feeling flew from Tokyo Tokyo to Atlanta in less than a second, and through the day the city's heart soared. Unbelievable! people said. A year ago Atlanta was the most unlikely of candidates to win the 1996 Olympics. Then Tuesday, barely awake, the city found that it had won. "The International-Olympic International-Olympic International-Olympic Committee Committee has awarded the 1996 Olympic Games to the city of . . . Atlanta," said International Olympic Committee President Juan Antonio Samaranch. Those words turned Atlanta's decade-old decade-old decade-old decade-old boast "The Next Great International International City" into prophecy. "Can you believe it?!" people said. Fireworks exploded. Strangers embraced. A city surprised itself by suddenly becoming one. And just as quickly the Olympic rings, floating on banners throughout the city, came to symbolize Atlanta's next challenge: With the Olympic dream a reality, the city will build and the dream will grow. And Atlanta will never again be the same. Raad Cawthon .'''Sb.nmch'tp.jdp' in only 6 years By IJ. Rosenberg Staff writer ' The nerve-wracking nerve-wracking nerve-wracking competition is over. Atlanta Atlanta has won the Olympics. Now the real work begins. In the next six years, the city must: Build $358.8 million worth of facilities, including including an 85,000-seat 85,000-seat 85,000-seat track and field stadium also to be used for the opening and closing ceremonies and an Olympic village that will house 16,000 athletes athletes and officials. - Raise $1.16 billion to stage the Games, with about half of it guaranteed by TV rights. The rest is expected to come from corporate sponsorships and ticket sales. Organizers say no tax money will be needed. Hire professional planners to run the Games and gather more than 200,000 volunteers to help put them on. Put together a cultural program, featuring monthlong thematic celebrations, that will begin at the end of the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, Spain, and run through the 1996 Games. Put together a security force that will involve Please see 6 YEARS, A12

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