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  1. http://www.oregonlive.com/trackandfield/index.ssf/2018/04/snazzy_redesign_for_hayward_fi.html (This is a link to one of Ken Goe's articles discussing capacity)
  2. Do you have evidence stating the render is for 30,000? This has been a point of contention in the media ever since the release of this rendering...
  3. So this happened... http://www.oregonlive.com/trackandfield/index.ssf/2018/04/university_of_oregon_rolls_out.html Thing is, this is what the organizers say is the complete 12,500-seat POST-Worlds Hayward Field. What the organizers say is that they’ll put temporary bleachers in the gap in the northern part of the stadium. So that phallic errrrrrrrrrrr tower is a 9 story “admin and communications” building and observation deck... if that gap is it, the bleachers would have to be three times the height of that tower. A later interview “clarified” that they’d also stuff seats into the rest of the structure. Having been to enough Major League Soccer facilities, I’d argue that structure looks like it holds a lot more than 12,500. Of course, never trust a rendering. I’m not the only person who gets the sense, in the end, that they’ll SAY there’s 30,000 people without coming all that close. If that rendering is close, however, I could easily see a post-Worlds structure with extra-wide seats and all the latest party-deck what-nots. People in Eugene are upset that the east grandstand is not being preserved. It’s nearly 100 years old, really rather iconic, et cetera, but it’s Phil Knight’s money and the university is steamrolling ahead. They MIGHT even have it ready for the re-bid 2020 US Olympic Trials.
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    Amazon's Search for a 2nd HQTRs

    This is already settled. I believe the pundits who surmised that Amazon already has a “general” metro in mind, but the bidding war will sweeten whatever incentives... ...that metro Washington can offer it. That’s to say the people who hacked Amazon and noticed a lot of inquiries being made about Arlington County VA leaked the info and all.
  5. I can’t be nice here. For the close, it looked like there were more athletes than attendees. Not that NBC let’s the IOC hurt for cash. BTW, I think this is more a reflection on the IOC instead of SK.
  6. http://www.oregonlive.com/trackandfield/index.ssf/2017/09/hayward_field_renovation_pushe.html#incart_river_home So now I wonder who Phil Knight is trying to squeeze for cash. The stink is starting to take hold. The 2020 Olympic Trials were already relocated. So if this actually gets done... ...oy vey... ...you're probably making the 2021 season (Ducks, Pre, NCAA) the shakedown cruise.
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    What If..?

    What's this about "walking back" statements? Don't trust Trump worth a damn. And the movement needs to ask and answer a lot of questions now.
  8. http://www.oregonlive.com/trackandfield/index.ssf/2017/02/friday_morning_news_notes_link_52.html Kind of a catch-all article from the main T&F reporter at the Oregonian... who does mention that the target for beginning construction is now a year behind schedule and fundraising isn't going as well as expected.
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    Portland launches unique Olympic bid...

    There's a website that has popped up. Part of me wanted to put it in the forum with serious 2028 bids just for contrast, but because I can't quite bring myself to take it anywhere near seriously, this thread seems appropriate. http://oregon2028.com/
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    2015 Gold Cup

    I don't think you need any more translation than you already got. Mark Geiger refereed the Mexico v Panama semifinal, he called a late handball (Mexico had already had one dubious PK call to get through their quarterfinal against Costa Rica)... and later, Geiger admitted he made a mistake. All sorts of heck broke loose in Atlanta around that call, so lots of hurt feelings. Geiger also admitted to not necessarily refereeing in MLS the way he does in CONCACAF and mentioned something about "entertainment value" when approaching MLS games. He's been assigned to Seattle v Vancouver this weekend, and there's certainly some social media buzz about him being assigned to that. Of course, he refereed at World Cup last year, so he's close to untouchable with regards to USSF and MLS. Or, as we say around here, Panama got CONCACAF'd. Wasn't the first time. Won't be the last.
  11. http://www.oregonlive.com/trackandfield/index.ssf/2015/05/sunday_morning_news_notes_link_20.html#incart_related_stories Eugene 2021 organizers want to host the 2020 Olympic Trials AFTER renovations are complete. Certainly a good test event.
  12. http://www.oregonlive.com/trackandfield/index.ssf/2015/05/wednesday_morning_news_notes_l_20.html Renovation will, at this point, result in 14,000 permanent seats and 16,000 temporary for the Worlds. Meanwhile, already 2 years into a 7-year commitment hosting the NCAA championships, Vin Lananna will seek a permanent commitment.
  13. Direct flight from New York to Eugene for this? Oh dear. It's simple. Fly to Portland. Take MAX downtown to Union Station. Take Amtrak to Eugene. Don't start spending the airlines' money for them. Fair bet Amtrak can add trains for this event more easily than airlines can add inventory. This is Nike's baby. Phil Knight will probably take care of stadium improvements and TEMPORARY expansion himself. Where there's generally a lot of bleachers, I'm guessing mostly a temporary concrete structure. I would expect an improvement and expansion of the main stands. The historic east side stand probably won't (and can't) be touched outside of some internal improvements. Of course, there might be a fair question about where capacity will actually be set... when it's possible that the big draw here could be enhanced NBC payout for the event and network prime time coverage. The real value may not be the spectator counts. The organizers are talking about a "village" for athletes. Maybe the bigwigs as well? I'm sure that was a sticking point for 2019 bidding. I could pose an unannounced idea: Boise has a complex with a 4-star hotel and an attached hockey arena. There are rumors of Oregon starting a varsity hockey program, the current hockey facility is inadequate, so a development like that somewhere between campus and downtown Eugene wouldn't surprise me. Finding ways to add hotel rooms locally would be somewhat smarter than keeping constant shuttles between Eugene and Portland, which is otherwise more likely.
  14. What the... (WHOOSH!) That was interesting. I was last seen conceding 2021 to Europe. There seems to be an emerging "apologies for choosing Qatar" effect.
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    2019 IAAF World Athletics Championships.

    An Olympics (in October) in Doha would make more sense than the World Cup. Eugene was the 2nd place vote-getter. 15-12 in the final. Close, no? The explanation coming from here is that Barcelona was a longshot because London has 2017 and, given two bids outside Europe, IAAF saw that as preferable. So 2021 MAY go to Barcelona. Who knows if IAAF takes a flyer on Eugene two years after.
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    2019 IAAF World Athletics Championships.

    Money talks. Doha wins. Of course, if Eugene won, the story would be "Nike money talks."
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    2019 IAAF World Athletics Championships.

    It's almost 1 pm Monday Pacific Time. Approximately 15 hours from this post, we should see a voting result. http://registerguard.com/rg/news/local/32434883-75/tracktown-ready-to-make-its-bid-for-world-championships.html.csp I keep looking for some indications as to how Eugene's vote will fare. Hard to find. A column from last month probably lets you try to read between the lines... and Doha promises something that's a bit garish. However, for this event, at least it's not logistically impossible the way that, oh, a refrigerated football stadium might be. http://registerguard.com/rg/sports/32343895-81/will-the-spirit-movethe-iaafs-leaders.html.csp
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    2019 IAAF World Athletics Championships.

    They don't send a lot of money to the NHL... or MLS (and, in that contract doubling nest year, NBC lost interest).
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    2019 IAAF World Athletics Championships.

    One of the things I thought about after yesterday's writing: What's bigger in America? IAAF championships or Women's World Cup? That doesn't mean NBC isn't going to want these rights. The question is whether they get it because it's cheap for them. Outside Sunday Night Football, the Olympics themselves, and (very arguably) Notre Dame football, NBC doesn't flash the cash that's flying around these days.
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    2019 IAAF World Athletics Championships.

    Don't compare U of Nike, excuse me, U of Oregon to Portland funding issues. If Phil Knight actually wanted to get something built in Portland, the money would be there. His taste for the major professional sports, other than as vehicles for shoe sales, is limited. Meanwhile, Knight donated the $100 million that cover the bonds for Matthew Knight Court, a $200 million (way more than needed for 12,500 seats) arena that's more than state-of-the-art. The last thing I'm worried about is whether Hayward Field will have enough seats by 2019. Many will be temporary, but that will get done. It'll also sell out if that can be helped. It's the remaining logistics that get interesting. Don't compare U of Nike, excuse me, U of Oregon to Portland funding issues. If Phil Knight actually wanted to get something built in Portland, the money would be there. His taste for the major professional sports, other than as vehicles for shoe sales, is limited. Meanwhile, Knight donated the $100 million that cover the bonds for Matthew Knight Court, a $200 million (way more than needed for 12,500 seats) arena that's more than state-of-the-art. The last thing I'm worried about is whether Hayward Field will have enough seats by 2019. Many will be temporary, but that will get done. It'll also sell out if that can be helped. It's the remaining logistics that get interesting. Can you get everyone into and out of Eugene daily (or find a way to add hotel rooms)? Will the athlete dorms already at Hayward be expanded? Luxury accommodations for IAAF officials?
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    USA 2024

    While I'd like to try and reason with everyone about ditching- or resolving- the arguments about debating, maybe I need to end this by addressing the elephant in the room. On one hand, I simply disagree with Athens; the numbers game is important because this isn't normal times for either the IOC or the USOC. If anything, it's important for any country to show the maximum possible support for the Olympics. (It doesn't mean I have to win the argument. Of course, out of principle, maybe I should misspell something. ) OTOH... I stayed with my parents in a small town outside Atlanta (really, outside Athens) during the 1996 Olympics. We walk into the local Dairy Queen for a quick bite. There's six employees... separated by race. There was no way to spin that this was a comfortable feeling. Where Dallas is similar to Atlanta is the Old South problem. Since you're happening to host the world for a couple weeks, better projection might be required. Dallas might be a little better than that (my last visit there, it was obvious there that it's still inner city vs white suburbs)... but social readiness is more required than even we're probably comfortable addressing. California has its issues, but it scores better. Heck, Boston has known issues, but it tries. I know Washington is south of the Mason-Dixon Line, and I know staying in rural Maryland a couple nights reminded me of that... but it also has to represent a fair number of interests in its day-to-day work. My wife would have certainly had a problem with Dallas that she won't for the other cities... except there's a reason she left Fresno, and the Washington climate is a bit too similar. That doesn't mean Atlanta was a complete mistake... sometimes you have to try, take a stand (I think of what Sydney tried to do, for instance)... but this may not be the time to go on one of those adventures. I still think the numbers are important, however.
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    USA 2024

    Yikes... I obviously need the 400-level class on how to post other's quotes here. (Or the buttons just don't work?) Nacre thinks Boston would be most likely to defeat an effort by initiative. I think you're WAY underestimating San Francisco's ability to simply come out and riot the effort to death, not to mention the non-violent who would definitely go initiative petition at the earliest possibility... ...which is why, for Athensfan, the USOC didn't leave a big enough list. The point is to maximize competition to get more out of the bid city. In the current environment, you'll probably see attrition. 2 cities may not even last 4 months, for all we know. So perhaps (even though my previous post was an assessment that the USOC thinks the IOC wouldn't accept Dallas... which, when it rightly gets scrubbed, it was better to say here anyway) nothing should have been cut at this point. Dallas would probably, at least, hold its bid to the end of the USOC process. A Los Angeles anointment is not the optimal solution unless the IOC watches everyone else fall by the wayside.
  23. You're almost to the point where you're going to have to throw out the existing bids and limit to recent hosts just to show that you're listening to most of the world. There's an anger about these things these days... and it's not just the Olympics. (Which reminds me to mention that, never mind the IOC's tone-deafness... better them than FIFA. You can go back as far as South Africa, and maybe even Germany, and come to the realization that FIFA's ExCo seems to have made this a stadium-building exercise when that should almost never be the case.) Excuse me... throw out the current 2022 bids and start over.
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    USA 2026

    Dang. I'm just going back over this thread and got all charged up about Reno. (My answer to that base question: it IS an armpit. I have ex-in-laws there as good reasons I'd never want to live there OR Vegas. However, it's also a damn good fixer-upper opportunity. An award brings attention to that place and gets everyone to spruce up. If the state would think "hey, Lawlor needs to be replaced by then and Mackey updated" and a few other things fall into place, there's worse ideas. However, counting on that in Nevada... not holding my breath.) If the IOC gets antsy that USA is losing the Olympic spirit, and 2024 doesn't happen, I think there's bids for 2026 out of expedience and necessity to just win one. If it's Salt Lake again, it can win if the current trend holds... my suspicion is that the Olympic movement is in no condition to complain about "going back again" when bids seem scarce. Naturally, that can all change in the blink of an eye. I've also got a gut feeling that you keep bidding, even if you figure you'll lose the next few bids. That's keeping the movement in the news and keeping cities interested. The real danger here is a public tidal wave against these projects anywhere. It sounds like something you wait out, but in this case, I think not fighting back causes more problems than it solves (or maybe I'm a fan of the counter-intuitive, you may judge).
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