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    导出博客文章ATLANTA -- Twenty years after the Olympics were held in Atlanta, some remnants
    of that improbable summer remain a highly visible part of the citys landscape,
    while others quickly faded away.Centennial Olympic Park and Turner Field --
    known as Centennial Olympic Stadium in 1996 -- were the greatest legacy of those
    games, though the latter faces an uncertain future after just 20 seasons as home
    of baseballs Atlanta Braves, who are moving to a new suburban stadium next
    year.Other venues barely outlasted the extinguishing of the Olympic flame, while
    still more failed to live up to their intended purpose.A look at Atlantas
    Olympic facilities two decades later:CENTENNIAL OLYMPIC STADIUM: The 85,000-seat
    main stadium was site of athletics (Michael Johnsons world record, Carl Lewis
    farewell) and both the opening and closing ceremonies (Muhammad Alis poignant
    lighting of the torch). Afterward, the arena was converted into a 50,000-seat
    baseball park and renamed after the longtime owner of the Braves, Ted Turner. It
    hosted both the World Series and the All-Star Game during its early years, but
    the Braves have fallen on hard times and are moving to SunTrust Park in 2017.
    Georgia State is exploring the possibility of another conversion, which would
    downsize Turner Field into a 30,000-seat football stadium.GEORGIA DOME: A
    divider transformed this 70,000-seat football stadium into two separate arenas
    -- one the site of second Olympic Dream Team winning gold in mens basketball,
    the other where the Magnificent Seven captured Americas first victory in womens
    team gymnastics. Just 25 years after its opening, the dome is slated for
    demolition after $1.4 billion Mercedes-Benz Stadium opens next door in
    2017.CENTENNIAL OLYMPIC PARK: This was the hub of the games, a gathering spot
    for sponsor tents and nightly concerts. Tragedy struck midway through the
    Olympics when a deadly bombing ripped through the park, but it emerged afterward
    as a catalyst of downtown development, now surrounded by the hugely popular
    Georgia Aquarium, World of Coca-Cola, College Football Hall of Fame, National
    Center for Civil and Human Rights, and a giant Ferris wheel.GEORGIA TECH AQUATIC
    CENTER: Temporary seating was used during the Olympics, providing a 14,600-seat
    main pool for swimming, diving and synchronized swimming. There also was a
    4,000-seat temporary pool for water polo. After the games, Georgia Tech enclosed
    the facility and reduced capacity to just under 2,000. This year, it hosted the
    NCAA swimming championships as well as a pre-Olympic camp for the U.S. swim team
    before it departed for the Rio Olympics.GEORGIA WORLD CONGRESS CENTER: One of
    the worlds largest convention centers (and even more sprawling today after a
    post-Games expansion), it was divided into five separate arenas during the
    Olympics, reducing the need for wasteful new venues for fencing, handball, judo,
    table tennis, weightlifting and wrestling. That became a model for future
    Olympics.ATLANTA-FULTON COUNTY STADIUM: Site of baseball during the Olympics,
    the former home of the Atlanta Braves served out the 1996 season, then was
    imploded the following summer to make way for a parking lot serving adjacent
    Turner Field.OMNI COLISEUM: Just a week before Atlanta Stadium came down, this
    facility used for volleyball during the Olympics met the same fate. Philips
    Arena now occupies the site.GEORGIA INTERNATIONAL HORSE PARK: Equestrian, modern
    pentathlon and the first Olympic mountain bike competition were held at the park
    about 30 miles east of Atlanta. It remains an equestrian and events center, with
    horse and mountain bike trails plus an Arnold Palmer-designed golf course open
    to the public.STONE MOUNTAIN PARK ARCHERY CENTER AND VELODROME: Temporary
    facilities for archery and track cycling came down shortly after the Olympics.
    The site is now part of a songbird and habitat trail.STONE MOUNTAIN TENNIS
    CENTER: A permanent tennis facility built in a corner of Stone Mountain Park
    quickly became a money loser and now sits idle, weeds growing through the outer
    courts and the scoreboard in disrepair.SANFORD STADIUM (Athens, Georgia): The
    home of the Georgia Bulldogs football team hosted soccer finals, including the
    U.S. memorably winning the first womens gold. The stadium known for its famous
    hedges (which were taken down during the Olympics and then re-planted) has been
    expanded to hold more than 92,000.ALEXANDER MEMORIAL COLISEUM: Site of boxing in
    1996, Georgia Techs basketball arena underwent a massive renovation that
    completely gutted the interior of the building. It reopened in 2012 as gleaming
    McCamish Pavilion.HERNDON STADIUM: Perhaps the saddest legacy of the games, this
    15,000-seat stadium was used during the filming of the movie We Are Marshall but
    was abandoned after Morris Brown College ran into financial difficulties. Gutted
    by vandals, it is now covered in graffiti and piles of trash.LAKE LANIER
    (Gainesville, Georgia): This man-made lake still has its rowing facilities,
    which have been used for major competitions over the last two decades. This
    year, it hosted an Olympic qualifier for Rio.WOLF CREEK SHOOTING COMPLEX: Some
    facilities remain at this suburban venue now known as the Tom Lowe Shooting
    Grounds, but it no longer holds major international events.ATLANTA BEACH:
    Located south of the city, this venue was site of the first Olympic beach
    volleyball tournament. It was renamed Clayton County International Park, with
    the main stadium now used for concerts and other events though the park still
    includes several beach volleyball courts, as well as a water park, lake and
    biking trails.GOLDEN PARK (Columbus, Georgia): The 5,000-seat stadium, about a
    two-hour drive from Atlanta, was used for the first Olympic softball
    competition. It served for years as home to minor league baseball, but the last
    of those teams, the Columbus Catfish, left after the 2008 season. The stadium
    remains but no longer has a major tenant.OTHER VENUES: Georgias Stegeman
    Coliseum (volleyball preliminaries), Georgia States GSU Sports Arena
    (badminton), Clark-Atlantas Panther Stadium (field hockey) and Morehouses Forbes
    Arena (basketball preliminaries) are still used by their respective colleges. In
    fact, Panther Stadium now holds the athletics track used during the Olympics.
    The Ocoee Whitewater Center in Tennessee (whitewater canoeing) and Wassaw Sound
    near coastal Savannah, Georgia (sailing) were temporary venues. Preliminary
    soccer matches were held in four stadiums outside Atlanta. Birminghams Legion
    Field, Orlandos Citrus Bowl and Washingtons RFK Stadium are still in use, while
    Miamis Orange Bowl was torn down to make way for a new baseball
    stadium.---Follow Paul Newberry on Twitter at www.twitter.com/pnewberry1963 .
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