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Not since the coming of the Olympic Games in ’96 has downtown Atlanta undergone such changes. Get acquainted with three noteworthy new landmarks: two attractions opening this year, along with a multipurpose stadium arriving in 2017.

National Center for Civil & Human Rights

College Football Hall of Fame

Falcons Stadium

National Center for Civil & Human Rights
Design Mind The Freelon Group and HOK
Price Tag $100 million
Estimated Completion May 2014
Just south of Centennial Olympic Park and adjacent to the World of Coca-Cola and the Georgia Aquarium, the National Center for Civil & Human Rights is finally ready to open its doors. The center will house more than a museum dedicated to civil rights in the ’60s, though individual galleries will certainly highlight the experiences of that movement. Its mission is to empower people to take the protection of every human’s rights personally. The struggles of those in the American South will serve as a lens through which guests can look at the current state of human rights around the world.

College Football Hall of Fame
Design Mind Tvsdesign
Price Tag $66.5 million
Estimated Completion Fall 2014
Sure, Notre Dame has a storied history, but the College Football Hall of Fame belongs in the South. It will complete its move from South Bend, Ind., to downtown Atlanta this fall—rightfully so. Adjacent to the Georgia World Congress Center and the Georgia Dome, the Hall will feature a 45-yard indoor football field, in addition to 30,000 square feet of exhibition space. The public-private project hopes to attract 500,000 visitors each year, and the first enshrinement ceremony in Atlanta on Aug. 28 will include a couple of coaches with Southern ties—University of Tennessee’s Phillip Fulmer and University of Miami’s Jimmy Johnson—along with LSU running back Charles Alexander. 

Falcons Stadium
Design Mind 360 Architecture
Price Tag $1.2 billion
Estimated Completion 2017
The Atlanta Braves may be heading up I-75, but the Falcons’ new digs will remain in the heart of Downtown, just south of the Georgia Dome. Featuring a retractable roof, the 71,000-capacity stadium will include 180 luxury suites. While the Falcons will be the primary tenants in the multipurpose stadium, the city will hope to attract events like the Super Bowl, the NCAA Final Four or even World Cup soccer. And it looks like the soccer configuration was used to bring a Major League Soccer franchise to Atlanta.