OCT 2017

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O C T O B E R 2 0 1 7 ⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 55 G E O R G I A within a 3-mile radius, most offering free shuttle service to the airport. Among the attractions in the ATL Airport Dis- trict, the Delta Flight Museum is a not-for-profit museum at Delta's worldwide headquarters that presents the story of Delta through the years, with interactive exhibits, historic airplanes and a large Delta jet showcased in newly renovated airplane hangars. The District is also home to the Porsche Expe- rience Center, where visitors have the opportunity to get 90 minutes behind the wheel a hot sports car with a Porsche Drive Coach in the passenger seat. There's also a Simulator Lab. The Porsche North American headquarters features a classic car gallery. ATL Airport Area Venues: • Atlanta Airport Marriott Gateway: 21,000 square feet of meeting space; 400 guest rooms • Porsche North American headquar- ters: 13,000 square feet of conference and event space in the business center; • Delta Flight Museum: 1,200-person banquet seating capacity in historic airplane hangar; 117-seat theater; 400-person outdoor space; on-site catering Cobb County/Marietta Sports are playing a big role in Cobb County's most-recent developments. SunTrust Park, home of the MLB Atlanta Braves, opened this spring. The 41,000-seat "old-school" baseball park offers meeting attendees the chance to take in a ball- game during the season or tour the ballpark year- round. The park's Xfinity Rooftop, Hank Aaron Terrace and Monument Garden are attractive options for special events. The Battery Atlanta, a fun place to shop and eat, is also home to the newly revived Coca-Cola Roxy Theatre. The Omni Hotel at The Battery Atlanta is scheduled to open in early 2018. It will have 264 guest rooms, including 28 suites, more than 20,000 square feet of meeting and event space, an elevated pool deck and bar, and a signa- ture restaurant. Major League Soccer's Atlanta United opened a 33-acre training ground on Frank- lin Gateway in Marietta that includes a 30,000-square-foot headquarters and six fields. The Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Training Ground hosts tournaments and the Franklin Gateway Sports Complex is just across the street. Cobb County has more than 13,500 hotel rooms and nearly 400,000 square feet of meeting space. The county's largest city and county seat is Marietta. Marietta is well known for its historic square featuring appealing restaurants, bars and the historic 530-seat Art Deco Strand Theatre with a rooftop terrace. Marietta has more 2,500 hotel rooms. Cobb County Venues: • Cobb Galleria Centre: 144,000 square feet of exhibition space; 25,000-square-foot ball- room; 20,000 square feet of additional meeting space; 3,600-square-foot special-event space ►

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