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Volume 24 No. 156

Olympics

     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).