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  1. 2 points
    I've often said going to the Olympics is unlike other trips. Usually, you plan out a trip, then decide if you want to go or not. With the Olympics, you decide "I want to go," then fill in whatever details you can get. Are you wiling to take that leap of faith. One thing people might not realize is how much of the "Olympic Spirit" does not involve going to events. As much as I love going to events, they can be a real pain. Lots of logistical headaches, lots of security to deal with, lots of waiting around. Many times is better to watch an event as a bar or "live site" than at the event itself. And, yes, watching in a bar in the host city is different that watching at home. Of course, you do want to go to some events. Of the events you list, Opening Ceremony tickets are very hard to come by. You might get them, but certainly don't count on it. Basketball prelims are usually available at some point, the gold medal match (mens) can be hard. 3x3 basketball tickets keep popping up, so I suspect that will be easier. Hockey is one of the easiest tickets to get. Football is the only sport where I can guarantee you'll be able to get tickets... though no guarantees on the gold medal match. Swimming and Women's gymnastics are some of the tougher tickets to get (and some of the sports that are much better on TV than in person). Beach Volleyball and Men's Handball are usually available. As far as planning, the first thing I always focus on in whether to target the first week or the second. That way I can book tickets and travel plans independently. Think about which events you most want to try for, and then look at the schedule to see when they are held. Lots of accommodations will have minimum stays, required deposits with no refunds. Always nice if you can book someplace that will be refundable, but don't count on it. As I said, you basically need to commit and just go for it. Mainstream hotels will either be completely book, or outrageously expensive. If you want to stay in one of those, either pay the $$$ or wait until the last month or so when they will inevitably free up rooms. The freeing of rooms happens every olympics, but I've never had the guts to wait. I always target non-traditional housing - hostels, dorms, airbnb, etc. Tokyo offers up another option in "businessman" hotels. Finally, there is always the operation of booking something out of town and commuting in. Tokyo has incredible train options for that. Plane tickets is usually the easiest thing to book. Mainstream airlines open up about 330 days ahead of time. Unlike hotels, they don't jack prices sky-high. Just don't count on a deal. Best of luck.
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    Brisbane doesn't need a 60,000 seat stadium either. What sports franchise even needs a stadium in Brisbane? To my knowledge, the Gabba is supposed to get a 100$ million upgrade. The whole reducing a stadium to 15,000-20,000 from 60,000 has yet to be shown to be a viable option. It's a white elephant either way unless there's a permanent tenant.
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    It's not just NBC. The calendars of every summer Olympic sport would have to be torn up and adjusted, and that would be a massive disruption. And it would be an even bigger problem for team sports as the IOC has either very indirect control or no control at all over the various sports leagues around the world.
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    This whole approach seems crazy to me. Brisbane and Queensland should be thinking about what works for them and then seeing how that could work for an Olympic bid rather than making the "best bid ever" and then trying to figure out the legacy afterwards. But maybe I don't understand the Australian point of view.
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    The 2019 Rabat African Games Opening Ceremony took place Monday, which surely would get lost sometimes in the international sports realm out of Morocco's capital city. Parade of Nations very much started almost immediately. Nations came out to its most notable national artists--great tribute for South Africans marching to the late, great Johnny Clegg and one of his signature songs "Asimbonanga" with Savuka. But the audio from the emcees with the field one and the Olympic Channel feed sportscaster seem to compete against one another in speaking. More accurately, over each other. Obviously that will be confusing to listeners. Quite enjoyable here beyond that. Judo actually got with theirs during the three days before this OC: And then there was the Indian Ocean Island Games that took place in Port-Louis, Mauritius at the Anjalay Coopen Stadium that took place a month ago and had to deal with a torrential rainfall that delayed the Opening Ceremony for nearly 30 minutes. Show went on as the rain let up significantly. The Comoros Islands fielded a far bigger contingent of athletes than in the All-African Games right now. As you would expect with these Indian Ocean Island area, they're predominately French like Reunion, Comoros, Seychelles, Maldives, Madagascar, and Mayotte. Does add a nice element of the Rio 2016 Opening Ceremony with a bicycle rider leading the delegations with a hallmark Mauritian house behind him or her:
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    LA Memorial Coliseum Completes $315M Renovation Ahead Of Football Season
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    I don't plan to post the broadcasts online (as that'd be a massive job and whatever I post on YouTube will probably get removed pretty quickly due to copyright issues) but if you're interested, an overview (including screenshots) is available here: http://motorracingvideoarchive.com/#/olympic
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    And that's a good thing. The initial proposal was hideous, unrealistic and costly. Good riddance to that and they also managed to save up money by doing this. As for Bird Nest yeah, very iconic stadium....when it's not being abandoned/unused. Which is like 70% of the time. Anywho, new picture. They're testing the illumination now. The greenery around the stadium still has much more to grow but it's getting there.
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    this was the right bid and the right pick, Italy saved the IOC's butt. Reminds me a lot of Nashville's MLS expansion bid. Last one in, but they were in it to win it and rode it out while others dropped out.
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    To me it doesn't seem terribly wise for a city as small as Brisbane to bid (the entire state of Queensland has only 36.4% of the population of the London metropolitan area), but if Brisbane can host without building any white elephant facilities then it could work. And as the spearhead of a new model for the IOC a Brisbane games could potentially put the Olympics within reach of cities like Liverpool, Copenhagen, Casablanca, Durban, et al.
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