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Chicago 2016 Stadium Plan Praised By IOC President

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International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Jacques Rogge told the Chicago Tribune Thursday that Chicago’s Olympic stadium plan could be a way for future host cities to avoid building venues that become white elephants. He said, “this is an interesting idea. It could be a blueprint for the future”

The plan includes a mostly-temporary 90,000-seat stadium that could be reduced once the Games are over to a 10,000-seat facility for track meets and other events. The cost of the stadium is projected to be about $350,000, around one third of what a permanent 90,000-seat structure would cost, reports the Tribune.

Rogge said, “I like the idea of coming back to the best sustainable level, for sure. I think you have to mix two issues, heritage and sustainability. With heritage it could mean there would be a track and field stadium remaining after the Games. Sustainability is about the size”.

Rogge is to arrive in Chicago Thursday evening to meet with Chicago Mayor Richard Daly and attend the finals of the World Boxing Championships. Write or read comments about this article

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