Business View Magazine | September 2019

124 BUSINESS VIEW MAGAZINE SEPTEMBER 2019 T he Georgia State Stadium is a college football stadium in Atlanta, Georgia. It is the home of the Georgia State University Panthers football team, as of the 2017 season, replacing the Georgia Dome which had served as their home stadium from the program’s inception in 2010 until 2016. “Construction of the stadium started in the early ‘90s, when the City of Atlanta won the bid for the ’96 Olympic Games,” says Patrick Hatcher, Associate Athletic Director for Facilities & Operations. “It was built for the opening and closing ceremonies and track and field events.” After the 1996 Summer Paralympics, which followed the Olympics, the 85,000-seat Olympic Stadium went through its first conversion - it was reconfigured into the baseball-specific Turner Field, which served as the home of the Atlanta Braves of Major League Baseball from 1997 until 2016. Much of the north end of the stadium was removed in order to convert it to its permanent use as a 49,000-seat baseball park. “It was actually built in order to be reconstructed into