The 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta gave the masonry industry a win before the Olympic torch was even lit: Masons laid more than 10 million brick and block for Olympic housing and sporting venues. Designers and masonry contractors hurdled obstacles to build the event's two largest brick projects, the Olympic Village and the Olympic stadium. After the Games, these facilities (along with the many other Olympic buildings) will change ownership to become part of Atlanta's improved infrastructure. NEW HOME FOR ATLANTA BRAVES The Olympic stadium, which seats 85,000 people, will become the new Atlanta Braves baseball stadium for the 1997 season after a fall retrofit. On a 21-acre site, the stadium is up to 140 feet tall, 1,100 feet long, and 800 feet wide. The project uses 880,000 modular brick in a conventional half-bond pattern, 95% of which is orangish brown field brick and 5%, dark-red accent brick. The bearing walls consist of 3,112 structural precast-concrete panels. Along the top of the stadium are 33 elliptical brick arches, measuring 12 feet tall at their apex and 24 feet wide at the spring points. So they would have no thrust, the brick arches were cast integral with the concrete at the precast concrete plant. Before the concrete was poured in the form, masons placed sand in the openings to prevent concrete from seeping through to the mortar joints. SIX BRICK-VENEER BUILDINGS A $60 million project, with a $4.5 million masonry contract, the Olympic Village includes four brick veneer-steel stud dormitories arranged in a quadrangle on about nine acres. The five- and 10-story buildings are connected by a common three-acre parking deck with a landscaped plaza featuring brick pavers.