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  1. Lord David

    Another Sarajevo Olympics what do you think?

    I think Sarajevo could still host. Remember they had close to nothing outside of Skenderjia and the ski resorts for their 1984 bid, which was their first attempt. If the proposed subway line does get built come bid time, you propose the next stage of a second line linking the north with the south and this existing subway line, passing through the 1984 Olympic Stadium and perhaps terminating north at a new Olympic complex or "New Sarajevo", North west of Betanija, the site of the Olympic Stadium. The only venue at Betanija should only be the 1984 Olympic Stadium (assuming it is not replaced by a new modern stadium) and Olympic Hall Juan Antonio Samaranch. This "New Sarajevo" could have the following: - A new major modern Arena - A new minor Arena - A new indoor Speed Skating Oval - A new modern Olympic Stadium that could be rectangular (which might permit the old Olympic Stadium to still be kept for athletics) - An Expo Center for the Main Media Center - A future Sports University - Athletes' Village - Media Village - New hotels - A new Shopping Center - Serviced by 1 or 2 metro stations. You then renovate all the 1984 venues and expand the international airport with a new terminal. Give it time and they can host again. Maybe a symbolic 2034 would be the ideal games to bid on.
  2. Lord David

    Brisbane 2032

    A retractable roof on Suncorp Stadium greatly boosts a bid as providing a solution for indoor sports and swimming. The legacy goes beyond the Olympics. Brisbane now has a large multi use indoor facility for indoor concerts and major sporting events. It can be closed when it rains and during the hot summer. I see it as the only feasible way of solving the arena issue without the need of building more arenas. Brisbane only needs a new modern arena downtown. Should Thas project not go ahead, Suncorp with a retractable roof is still an option. If Melbourne can solve their arena "problem" with Marvel/Docklands Stadium, Brisbane can pose a far serious bid with Suncorp having a roof.
  3. Lord David

    Brisbane 2032

    Check out my post on Skyscrapercity's 2032 Olympics thread. https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=158269620&postcount=259 I think Brisbane could pose a significantly stronger bid/plan with some innovation involved. Let's assume that a new arena is already built or being built come bid time. You don't factor in these costs for the overall plan. The 250 odd million or so on a new arena could be spent in upgrading Suncorp Stadium/Lang Park. Put a retractable roof on it and it could host indoor sports in 2 divided halls like Georgia Dome did for the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. These two halls could host Basketball, Gymnastics and Swimming, Waterpolo respectively. Make it more compact using Sunshine Coast, Brisbane, Gold Coast and Toowoomba only. No outer Brisbane suburbs like Logan or Ipswich. Perhaps just make them live sites.
  4. Interesting find. Who would have guessed that Hong Kong, set to be transferred to China in 1997, would have a billionaire who was willing to "donate" Beijing's 100,000 seater stadium.
  5. I would have liked to have seen a nod to Nagano with this torch. Tassels on the handle would have achieved this.
  6. Dates aside, Brisbane clearly can't even consider any aspirations of hosting now, given the state of their transport infrastructure. If they were proposing (or better yet building) 1, 2 or even 3 or more lines of actual underground subway to actually link the suburbs which are only accessible by bus, then we might be getting somewhere. The Chandler site would be perfect for an Olympic Park style setup, if only there were a subway line linking it to downtown Brisbane. 2 to 3 stations on this site, and of course the stations along the way to Roma St Station.
  7. And here I am thinking that the CWG should have a fixed number of sports which don't change every 4 years which are popular with most Commonwealth Nations.
  8. No it won't be a pain in the ass. Just end the season in August. Have the pre-season a tad earlier. The September/October window is perfect for an Olympics/Paralympics whilst allowing room for the Cricket season. Remember, the A-League will probably have to start later or have a pause during this period.
  9. Lord David

    Tokyo 2020 Torch

    Maybe it won't be lit by any famous Japanese athlete or someone for "symbolic" reasons. Perhaps a robot will light the cauldron up.
  10. I just noticed now, that they got a French company to do the feasibility study. What, they couldn't do it on their own? They couldn't get an Australian company to do this in more detail? As for a Melbourne Olympics, the hosting window shouldn't be too much of an issue. We should propose it in early September, without branching out to October (that can be for the Paralympics). The AFL Grand Final simply has to end earlier in August, allowing for the fit out to install the athletics track, removal of seating (like in the 2006 Commonwealth Games) and temporary things like for use during the ceremonies. I'm not saying Brisbane and SEQ can't host, but they really don't have much infrastructure going for them. They didn't offer much in 1992 and they probably won't offer much in 2032, lest they propose an underground metro system (a much needed system btw, to link the suburbs that don't have a rail link), for the likes of some of the southern suburbs and eastern suburbs like Chandler. If a subway line were to reach Chandler to the Brisbane CBD, then this would be excellent for an Olympic Park style setting.
  11. Can Brisbane's Suncorp Stadium/Lang Park be upgraded with a retractable roof and be used in a similar manner like Georgia Dome was used for Basketball and Gymnastics in Atlanta's 1996 Centennial Olympics? Remember Atlanta got a new arena only after the Olympics, so Brisbane could be the same. If a new arena comes bid time or is under construction, then use it, otherwise don't have it as the deal breaker for a potential Olympics.
  12. Lord David

    Brisbane 2032

    You throw every bit of alternative accommodation in there. Hostels, camping grounds, caravan parks, even cruise ships and home stays. For the media, a purpose built village and sub villages should be built, they should be able to cope without the need to be accommodated in precious hotel space.
  13. The feasibility study states that currently around 40,000+ accommodation in hotels/apartments is available in the region, with an expected 55,000+ come 2032. Other forms of alternative accommodation is proposed, but the key issue is housing the media. This is significantly short of the 81,000 stated to be needed for an Olympics. A purpose built Media Village should be proposed in conjunction with the required Athletes Village and sub Village sites. Have a main Media Village in Brisbane and smaller sub sites in Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast. Cruise Ships could cover any shortfall, just contract a couple of cruise lines to have their 3,000+ room ships docked at Brisbane. Maybe around 3? That's 9,000+ additional rooms already.
  14. The feasibility study can be found here: https://seqmayors.qld.gov.au/initiatives/2mfHY5whV6uNpagYpw2v It's a regional bid, unlike the compact proposal for 1992. The main stadium is proposed at a permanent 25,000, expanded temporarily to 55,000. A far cry from QE II Stadium's proposed expansion for the 1992 Olympics at 95,000. A new arena is needed in Brisbane to supplement the existing Brisbane Entertainment Centre. The Media accommodation and Main Media Centre is an issue, as the Expo 88 suite which was proposed in 1992 as the location for this, is now the Brisbane Convention Centre, which will preferably host some indoor sporting events. But can such a games work? Are the proposed infrastructure developments enough? Can they propose a new Olympic Stadium that would only be 55,000 seats? Should such a capacity be higher? Should it match the 1992 proposal of 95,000? And what about Melbourne? Shall we start a domestic bid war before the real deal?
  15. Lord David

    Russia 2018 GBids Sweep Draw

    Hmm... I totally forgot about this. So I got Spain and Denmark huh?