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Top 10 Atlanta Area Conventions For 2014

    Top 10 Atlanta Area Conventions For 2014

    Last year, the 10 largest conventions had a nearly half-billion dollar economic impact on the metro area. With the help of the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau, we present the Top 10 Atlanta Conventions in 2014.

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    1. AmericasMart Atlanta International Gift and Home Furnishings Market

    1. AmericasMart Atlanta International Gift and Home Furnishings Market

    What: The bi-annual gift and home furnishings show for retailers at AmericasMart.

    When: Jan. 8-15

    Attendance: 91,000

    Direct economic impact: $133M

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    2. The 2014 SEC Football Championship

    2. The 2014 SEC Football Championship

    What: The annual SEC championship saw Alabama's Crimson Tide romp past the Missouri Tigers 42-13 at the Georgia Dome.

    When: Dec. 6

    Attendance: 74,000

    Direct economic impact: $40M

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    3. AmericasMart Atlanta International Gift and Home Furnishings Market

    3. AmericasMart Atlanta International Gift and Home Furnishings Market

    What: The second part of the bi-annual gift show for retailers at AmericasMart.

    When: July 9-16

    Attendance: 73,000

    Direct economic impact: $106M

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    4. Chick-fil-A College Kickoff Game 2

    4. Chick-fil-A College Kickoff Game 2

    What: Game 2 of the annual college football season kickoff at The Georgia Dome saw the Alabama Crimson Tide trounce the West Virginia Mountaineers 32-23.

    When: Aug. 30

    Attendance: 71,000

    Direct economic impact: $22.85M

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    5. 2014 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl

    5. 2014 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl

    What: One of the SEC's big bowl games where the TCU Horned Frogs annihilated Ole Miss 42-3 at The Georgia Dome.

    When: Dec. 26-Jan. 1 '15

    Attendance: 66,000

    Direct economic impact: $35.65M

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    6. DragonCon

    6. DragonCon

    What: The annual genre movie and comic book fandom gathering at the Atlanta Convention Center at AmericasMart.

    When: Aug. 28-31

    Attendance: 65,000

    Direct economic impact: $64.5M

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    7. Tampa Bay Big South Qualifier

    7. Tampa Bay Big South Qualifier

    What: Girl's indoor volleyball tourney at the Georgia World Congress Center.

    When: April 4-6

    Attendance: 59,000

    Direct economic impact: $17M

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    8. Bronner Bros. International Hair Show

    8. Bronner Bros. International Hair Show

    What: Annual hairshow held at the Georgia World Congress Center.

    When: Aug. 2-5

    Attendance: 55,000

    Direct economic impact: $43.55M

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    9. Cheersport 2014

    9. Cheersport 2014

    What: Annual cheerleading and dance competition at the Georgia World Congress Center.

    When: Feb. 11-17

    Attendance: 50,000

    Direct economic impact: $20.41M

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    10. 100 Black Men of Atlanta Inc – Atlanta Football Classic 2014

    What: College football game hosted by the 100 Black Men of Atlanta organization at The Georgia Dome.

    When: Oct. 4

    Attendance: 50,000

    Direct economic impact: $13.18M