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Walt Disney World in Orlando "hopes to break ground early next year on a new sports complex that may be able to host world- class athletes training" for the '96 Games. However the complex is scheduled to be finished in January, 1997, "with a primary goal of attracting a major-league baseball team for spring training." Disney publicist John Story: "Sports is a multi- billion-dollar business and we're just trying to get a small piece of that." The new facility would be for "serious and recreational athletes" and would host 160 events a year from fencing to basketball, track and tennis. The Amateur Athletic Union voted earlier this year to move its offices and some events to Disney World next year (Rosen & Drape, ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 10/23).
"It's difficult to find anyone who doesn't want to spoon a little off the Olympic gravy train," but local Atlanta restaurants and caterers are "pledging not to serve up inflated prices" during the Games. Nearly 50-area restaurants have signed onto a plan introduced by the GA Hospitality and Travel Association to prevent "Olympic price gouging" (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 10/25)....The U.S. Olympic Coins of ACOG will be unveiled at a press conference October 27. Proceeds from the sale of the coins will help defray the costs of the U.S. Olympic Team and the Centennial Olympic Games (ACOG)....Holiday Inn announced it will build a new 318-room Crowne Plaza hotel in Atlanta "in a prime spot between Centennial Olympic Park and the GA World Congress Center. The opening is scheduled for Spring '96 (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 10/19).