The $80 million Omni International Complex opened in 1976 to great fanfare. In addition to CNN, the complex housed an ice rink and an arena where the Atlanta Hawks played and was topped with an indoor amusement park. Billed as the world’s largest, the park was inspired by children’s shows produced by TV legends Sid and Marty Krofft. But customers complained that the rides were boring or broke down too often, and low turnout caused the attraction to close abruptly, less than six months after it opened. Ted Turner converted the complex into the CNN Center in 1986.
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