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Atlanta Capitol Plaza Adds Convention Space

Atlanta, GA – The recently restored and reopened Atlanta Capitol Plaza Hotel will add a $1.5 million, 100,000-square-foot space for tradeshows, meetings and conventions this summer, making it the city's largest convention hotel, the hotel's managers said.
The hotel, which was formerly a college dormitory and sits across Capitol Avenue from Turner Field, will convert its 500-space parking deck into the new convention space. Construction will begin in February and should take about six months to complete.
Peter Bright, the hotel's managing director, said the project is actually the brainchild of Carey Rountree, executive vice president of sales and marketing for the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau.
"We were walking around the property, and he looked at our parking area and said, 'Have you ever thought about converting this into a trade-show space?' That planted the seed," Bright said.
The addition will give the Atlanta Capitol Plaza the largest meeting and convention space among Atlanta area hotels. The Hyatt Regency Atlanta has the most meeting space of any area hotel, at 53,000 square feet. The Atlanta Hilton downtown has 41,000 square feet. The Atlanta Marriott Marquis has 38,077.
Other hotels have many more rooms than the Capitol Plaza, which has 416 rooms. The Marriott Marquis has the most rooms in the city, with more than 1,600. The Hilton and Hyatt each have more than 1,200.
The Atlanta Capitol Plaza opened officially in February after a $12 million renovation. The property is owned by a group of investors and real estate developers, and the hotel is operated by Capitol Hotel Management Group.
The property originally opened in 1973 as the Atlanta Internationale Hotel. In 1975, it was purchased by a group of minority businessmen, including former Atlanta City Council President Marvin Arrington, who lost it to foreclosure by the state in 1977.
The hotel was renamed The Stadium Hotel by new management hired by the state, and it became a favorite of state legislators, including House Speaker Tom Murphy.
In 1992, the Summerhill Neighborhood Development Corp. bought the hotel and turned it into a dormitory. In 1996, Tom Brokaw broadcast NBC's Nightly News from the roof of the hotel during the Olympics.
The owners changed the dorm to Phoenix Tower in 1999, before starting to convert it back to a hotel in late 2000.