Host City: Atlanta, United States
Date Started: July 20, 1996
Date Finished: July 28, 1996
Participants: 153 (153 men and 0 women) from 12 countries
Youngest Participant: Aleksandar Šapić (18 years, 50 days)
Oldest Participant: Mike Evans (36 years, 117 days)
Most Medals (Athlete): 37 athletes with 1 medal
Most Medals (Country): 3 countries with 1 medal
The 1996 water polo tournament was held at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center on the Georgia Tech campus in Atlanta, which was also the site of swimming, diving, synchronized swimming, and the swimming section of the modern pentathlon.
The format was similar to 1988 and 1992, but with a slight change. There were 12 teams entered with two preliminary round-robin pools of six teams each. But in 1996 the top four teams in each pool advanced to an eight-team single-elimination medal tournament, with quarter-finals, semi-finals and finals. The last two teams in the preliminary pools contested a classification round-robin for places 9-12. The losing quarter-finalists contested a single-elimination tournament for places 5-8.