Georgia State Capital Dome and the former Atla...

Georgia State Capital Dome and the former Atlanta Fulton County Stadium, CC.

Ivan Allen, Jr. envisioned Atlanta as a major city that would benefit the entire states economy. His vision was born in the 1960s, when Atlanta acquired its first Major League Baseball team, the Braves, a National Football League, the Falcons, and a National Basketball Association team, the Hawks. His dream has now become a reality, as Atlanta can boast that it is now a truly international city due in large part to the decisions he made in the late 1960s to encourage major league sports to come to Georgia. In the decades since Ivan Allen, Jr.’s mayorship, Atlanta has played host to Super Bowl XXIX on January 30, 1994, XXVI Summer Olympic Games in 1996, Super Bowl XXXIV on January 30, 2000, and today the city can boast that it also has the world’s busiest airport transporting over 83,600,000 people around the world since 1998.[1] In a short time, Atlanta managed to become the modern city that it is today and the leader of the state’s tourism and convention industry.

[1] “Airport History” Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, Atlanta Georgia,, (accessed on 27 April 2011.)

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