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Everything posted by gromit

  1. The shortlist for 2012 was in 2004 before the Rio PanAm games. The shortlist for 2016 came 1 year after the 2007 games and therefore Rio was able to use it as 'proof' that they could host a multi sports event The shortlist for 2024 will probably be in 2016 a year after Toronto has strutt its stuff - this is the better comparison
  2. Appalling events yesterday but London endured its own 7/7 event to successfully hold the 2012 Olympics On a seperate note, I have just found this articule about the MLS Revolution and owner Robert Kraft looking to a soccer specific stadium of 20-25,000 seats just to the north of downtown Boston in the undeveloped Interstate area. http://www.boston.com/sports/soccer/articles/2010/07/18/new_stadium_could_kick_start_revolution_somerville/ As people have suggested a NYC Olympic stadium could be downsized for a new Cosmos MLS team, there's no reason why Boston couldn't do the same especially as Kraft seems to be keen to get his MLS team into Boston
  3. An interesting take but there's the old adage that nothing of nothing is in fact nothing. The most difficult part of adjusting the stadium is the stand configuration .... the surface by comparison is easy. A central permanent grass field with additional pallets to create a football field is comparatively simple to undertake. After all the Rogers find it easy to convert from one configuration to another including line markings so there would be a similar system in place already.
  4. For example. The Blue Jays played at home on 5th July and then not again until 13th July = 8 days On the 15th July at home and then not again until 24th July = 8 days On the 29th July but then not until 10th August = 11 days On the 19th August and then not until 30th August = 10 days etc etc Are we supposed to believe that the Welsh and Germans can reconfigure a grass surface in a retractable roof stadium in 48hours but the equally adaptable Canadians can't? The CFL could easily adjust the schedules ..... and I'm sure the Argonauts would be content to remain tenants whilst a new shiny Olympic stadium was built to be adapted and used by them post games down in the Port Lands
  5. Neither is the Rogers Centre. The Rogers Centre is NOT a Dome. It is a retractable roof stadium like the Millenium and the LTU. As the capacity for the CFL team is much reduced over the MLB capacity (31,300 v 49,000 seats) And it only takes 30 hours to switch from the Baseball configuration to the Football configuration. http://www.rogerscentre.com/about/faq.jsp A successful Argonauts team that can draw close to the required capacity is something the owners would not turn their nose up at There has been much speculation about what the switch to grass IF it happens will mean for the Argonauts, but little in the way of hard facts. And as the Lions proved with the BC Stadium renovation (as well as Christchurch with their new Rugby stadium) a temporary fix for a few seasons is not out of the question
  6. or whatever the college football bowl is called As the Bills are signed through 2017 to play in Toronto and the Raiders/Athletics regularly share in Oakland as the Dolphins/Marlins did in Miami I am not sure why the Jays switching to grass makes much difference to the Argonauts. I think it is one extra home game, and plenty of fields not have a palletised form of grass field - Millenimum Stadium, LTU Arena - making it easy to switch out the playing surface
  7. You'd be looking at a US $1billion for a franchise and the Toronto series hasn't really been an outstanding success. If you look at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban For FIFA2010 it has a capacity of 62,760 seats, has been down sized to 54,000 seats now, can hold 69,000 seats for cricket and can temporarily be upscaled to 80,000 seats for an Olympic scales or FIFA World Cup Final. This design by GMP could be easily adapted to 4 tiers from 3 tiers. The bigger CFL field means the sightlines won't be as difficult to accommodate as for a NFL surface. As both Atlanta and Montreal showed, it is difficult to convert a Track & Field stadium to Baseball with significant compromise to either, and if the Blue Jays required a retractable roof would make it even more difficult. A stadium with an Argonauts principle tenant but available for NCAA games, and athletics (Commonwealth, Worlds etc) plus soccer and concerts wouldn't require a NFL tenant. Design it with sliding stand technology (Stade de France) and it would be even better
  8. 80,000 seat main stadium, 4 tiers, remove the top two tiers A semi-permanent structure such as the Empire Stadium built for the Lions could be developed .... if Toronto get the games in 2017, the stadium could be opened by 2021
  9. More likely it would be downsized and used by the Argonauts post-games unless a NFL franchise relocated. A 40,000 seat venue for the Argonauts would be good.
  10. 14years is a long time to turn around a football team FIFA is very fond of Canada based on the number of age group events held there, and what better way to encourage countries to bid for these if a country is finally awarded the top tournament. According to FIFA's rules usually 8-10 cities with 9-11 stadiums are required
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