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  1. I know. And the Doha 2006 ceremonies even had the same Sydney 2000 composer if i'm not wrong (at least the one who did the song Nature).
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  2. Of all highlight moments of London 2012 why they had to go with Paul McCartney. Everyone knows the highlight was the iron Olympic rings. The choice of images for the rest are also as bad safe for 2000 and 2016.
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  3. 2026 Commonwealth Games: Ballarat athletics legacy revealed as expressions of interest open /forum/proxy.php?image=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.thecourier.com.au%2Fimages%2Ftransform%2Fv1%2Fcrop%2Ffrm%2Falexander.ford%2F63548e7d-200d-4c5f-a837-8e89bdc75ef4.jpg%2Fr0_0_4000_2249_w1200_h678_fmax.jpg&hash=0c3edc714a49be6dcb8b44a27094a9f6 Above: Concept art for Mars Stadium, showing Creswick Road blocked and the new warm-up track at the current showgrounds site Tender documents reveal Ballarat's new athletics facility will be built on the corner of Creswick Road and Howitt Street, with the Midland Highway potentially blocked during the 2026 Commonwealth Games. The expression of interest documents, from the state government's tender website, include "indicative block plans" for the massive $150 million Mars Stadium upgrades. Ballarat will host the athletics and para-athletics at the stadium in March 2026, as well as boxing at Selkirk Stadium and some cricket matches. Creswick will also host mountain biking. According to the documents, tenders will go out by December 5, with construction to begin in October, 2023. In Ballarat, the plans show another 5000 seats to be built on the stadium's eastern side, removing the existing roof, and adding 18,000 temporary seats to the eastern stand and on the hill to the south. The current showgrounds site will become home to a new International Amateur Athletics Federation-standard facility, with a full running track with internal throwing areas for warm-ups, and temporary throwing warm-up facilities on the western side. /forum/proxy.php?image=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.thecourier.com.au%2Fimages%2Ftransform%2Fv1%2Fcrop%2Ffrm%2Falexander.ford%2Ffbf8bfcc-a4a8-4680-a649-e76f17b5cf0e.PNG%2Fr0_0_744_841_w744_h841_fmax.jpg&hash=cb0e76ef16cd17fefe8e4bb41537b4e5 Where the new grandstands could go for the Commonwealth Games (in yellow) - indicative block plan only. There would also be added amenities around a new plaza spilling onto Creswick Road - the indicative block plans echo the initial concept art for the stadium, with Creswick Road blocked just after the Howitt Street intersection, and a new bus parking facility for an "athlete load zone". Much of the current North Ballarat Sports Club would be closed to the public for the Games, with a broadcast compound pictured in the current car park, and other facilities around the club's second oval. It's not clear from the documents how the public would access the site. The documents also show early plans for what will happen to the site after the Games, and while the surface of Mars Stadium would return to being a football oval, the new athletics facility would stay. Two stands of 2000 seats would be retained, and the roof would be returned on the south-eastern stand. /forum/proxy.php?image=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.thecourier.com.au%2Fimages%2Ftransform%2Fv1%2Fcrop%2Ffrm%2Falexander.ford%2Fd0dbbea9-1a7f-4fc4-9348-bda6cadd9e3e.PNG%2Fr0_0_643_883_w643_h883_fmax.jpg&hash=53263c095a2bfa00424707180e500e5b After the Games, this is what the new Ballarat athletics facility might look like. The athletics track would include a new clubhouse and parking, though the throwing warm-up areas to the west are labelled "future development area". The early plans are good news, according to Ballarat Regional Athletics Centre hub manager Ashley Anderson. He said the existing facilities at Llanberris on York Street needed a significant update and the new design showed a track oriented north-south. "That's the best option for wind," he said. "The main thing to consider is the legacy for the facility is to meet the needs into the future - to create something fantastic not just for the athletics community but for the whole town." Ballarat athletics clubs will be part of the consultation process, Mr Anderson added, with a list of priorities already submitted to Development Victoria, the agency in charge of delivering the facilities. The wish list includes a nine or 10-lane running track with two sprint straights, four sandpits, and internal and external throwing areas. "The main things that we learned, and we looked a lot of different facilities across Victoria, is there's always one or two things they realise afterwards they could have done better," he said. "It's important to look beyond just the track and the amenities, it's the changerooms, equipment shed, stands, shaded area, lighting, these are things that can be left behind. 'We're ready, we're welcoming the changes, we're ready to open ourselves up to the opportunity that presents itself." In a statement, a Development Victoria spokesperson said the agency "will be working closely with the construction industry over the next three years to get these venues and villages constructed and operating in time for the Games in March, 2026". Development Victoria also opened a community engagement survey this week for Ballarat's athletes' village, to be built at the former sale yards site on La Trobe Street. It's expected 1800 people will be housed at the 13-hectare site, which will convert to a mix of affordable and social housing after the Games. The survey, available online through the state government's EngageVictoria platform, closes on December 4.
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  4. Not sure why Nagano would have any drawbacks. I believe every venue from 1998 is still actively in use. Japan regularly uses those venues to host World Championships and world cups. Maybe they would need to use Inawashiro for some events now given size or use an arena even in Tokyo to help out with the number of events now. But it is a very viable option. I would have to imagine the IFs might start to be a little more active in trying to get a host together. There are a lot of viable options out there that have hurdles. I think Japan, Canada, Austria and France are probably the most likely to be able to get over their various hurdles. If you are looking for a low impact games hosted by a winter nation. Why not Switzerland 2034 and have the whole country host. Would be a way to get around their political issues. Geneva to Zurich is only 3 hours.
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