Fun Facts
  • When the Georgia World Congress Center opened in 1976, it became the first state-owned and operated major convention center in the United States.
  • The Congress Center's Building B exhibit halls are more than twice as long as Atlanta's highest skyscraper is high. From one end of these halls to the other, the earth curves 3/4 inch.
  • Including meeting rooms, galleries, exhibit halls, kitchens and storerooms, there are more than 90 acres of floor area (3.9 million square feet) on multiple levels throughout the GWCC.
  • The 33,000-square-foot Thomas Murphy Ballroom is on a level equal to that of an 11-story building.
  • More than a million guests attend functions at the GWCC annually. As many as 125,000 have attended a single event. One of the larger single-dinner functions served more than 8,500 guests, who consumed 5,000 lbs. of beef tenderloin, 800 pecan pies and 3 tons of vegetables.
  • The GWCC and Levy Restaurants donate over 30,000 lbs. of left over food to a local food bank every year.
  • The GWCC Building C entrance lobby is over 1,000 feet long, 80 feet wide and over 90 feet high, making it large enough to hold the Titanic (882 feet long, 92 feet 6 inches wide, and 60 feet 6 inches from the waterline to the main deck).
  • Building C consists of
    • approximately 650 miles of electrical wire
    • 82,000 cubic yards of concrete...enough to pour a sidewalk 325 miles long
    • 19,000,000 pounds of reinforcing steel
    • 475,000 square feet of formwork for cast-in-place concrete work…enough to cover the roofs of 265 average size homes
    • 16,000 sprinkler heads
    • 21,400,000 pounds of structural steel