Local Host Welcome

January 25, 2016

Dear NASSH Members:

On behalf of the Sports, Society, and Technology program at the Georgia Institute of Technology, we are pleased to report that the Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center in Atlanta, GA will serve as the site of the 2016 North American Society for Sport History conference, May 27-30. Faculty, staff and students in the School of History and Sociology, and the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts are especially excited to host NASSH 2016 while showing NASSH members the best of Atlanta and Georgia Tech.

Atlanta is steeped in historical and cultural significance. The city was an important commercial enclave during the US Civil War and was at the center of the American Civil Rights Movement. Atlanta currently houses several significant cultural and educational institutions including: The Carter Presidential Library and Museum, the Martin Luther King Jr. Historical Site and Center for Nonviolent Social Change, and the National Center for Civil and Human Rights. Metro Atlanta is the home of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as over 30 colleges and universities. The College Football Hall of Fame recently opened its doors in the fall of 2014. And 2016 marks the 20th anniversary of Atlanta’s hosting of the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 1996.

Georgia Tech has its own unique place in the imagination of football fans with legendary coach John Heisman leading the Yellow Jackets from 1904-1919. The Yellow Jackets currently field teams in 7 women’s and 8 men’s sport. Atlanta is often referred to as a “sports town” with Ivan Allen, Jr, the former mayor of Atlanta and namesake of the College of Liberal Arts helping to bring professional baseball, men’s basketball and football to the city. The WNBA’s Atlanta Dream will be in season at the time of NASSH as will the Atlanta professional baseball team. The numerous sport, recreation, media, and health institutions within Atlanta make the city a unique site of scholarly inquiry for visiting scholars as well as for Georgia Tech’s recently established Sports, Society, and Technology program.

The Georgia Tech Conference Center and Hotel features spacious meeting rooms equipped with audio-visual technology. The hotel also has an indoor pool and fitness center and is located within Technology Square, which offers shopping and restaurant options. It is near a MARTA (subway) station and is a short distance to entertainment venues including the High Museum of ArtFox TheaterCentennial Olympic Park, and the Georgia Aquarium. NASSH has been offered a room rate of $109 (plus tax—current sales tax is 8% and current occupancy tax is 8%; the state of Georgia also offers a $5 per night fee per room) for single and double occupancy rooms. Triple and quad rooms are $119 and $129 (plus tax and fees) respectively. (Hotel parking is not included). More information about the Georgia Tech Conference Hotel can be found on this website’s link, “Hotel/Accommodations.” Conference registration information can be found on the “Registration” link.

We are also happy to announce that NASSH and the Sports, Society, and Technology (SST) program are co-hosting a pre-conference workshop “Doing Sport History in the Digital Present” May 25-26. SST is also hosting post-conference symposia, “Innovations in Sport for Development and Peace,” May 31. Both events are free and open to the public. NASSH 2016 attendees are particularly encouraged to attend. More information can found about both events on this website’s menu titled “Pre/Post Conference Workshops.”

We are looking forward to an exceptional conference. Please let me know if there is anything we can do to enhance your NASSH, Georgia Tech, and Atlanta experience.

Mary G. McDonald

Professor and Homer C. Rice Chair of Sports and Society

Local Site Director





There are a variety of things to do in Atlanta (see Atlanta’s best attractions at (http://www.atlanta.net/things-to-do/). The summer features Atlanta Dream basketball games and Major League Baseball–thanks to the hometown professional baseball team. Nearby tourist attractions include: World of Coca-Cola, Georgia Aquarium, Atlanta Botanical Gardens, Piedmont Park, High Museum of Art, Centennial Olympic Park, CNN, the King Center and the Carter Center to name but a few.