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    Tokyo Olympic Tickets thread

    So Tokyo tickets go on sale today via CoSport (I assume ATR and the rest are doing the same) - what are you all buying? I'll check out what is on offer and see what hideous mark up they have.
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    Tokyo Olympic Tickets thread

    I've had a look - not a great deal to get excited about. I find it hard to believe the only football tickets available are to the semifinals and are $500 a pop. So every other single match all across Japan are sold out? That'll be a first...
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    Tokyo Olympic Tickets thread

    Edited - was complaining about CoSport not having Paralympic tickets in Australia - it's Kingdom Sports selling them apparently. Move along. Nothing to see here.
  4. It's a local issue. I don't know why these Boston idiots feel the need to start grass root anti-Games committees outside of Boston. Do I think building a new 80,000 seat stadium is needed in Brisbane for any reason? No. Would I welcome the public transport overhaul a Games would bring? Yes. Do I think a region like mine could responsibly host a Games with the existing infrastructure to the degree the bidders claim? No. The cost and the way they are sprouting how much revenue the 2032 Games will bring in is ridiculous. The only way a 2032 Games will succeed is if local sponsors are absolutely gouged for licensing fees and ticket prices are sky high - unless it all comes from taxpayers. These are my issues. If the 2032 team came out with solid financials that are open and transparent I'd feel better about Brisbane hosting. The IOC seemingly still discourages this by just endlessly spouting the "we'll kick in a billion or two!" - like that will pay for everything and us tax and rate payers won't get fuccked over. I want to pay my part of the Games via a ticket. And only via a ticket. Make that happen and I'm behind it 100%.
  5. Which will be quickly eaten up with the maintenance costs of the venues. So yay - but hmm.
  6. I was listening to some old compilation CDs (Grammy Nominee sets) the other day and realised something appalling - my tastes in music may have shifted. Considerably. I've always loved pop, country, rock etcetera but found myself getting into some weird songs that previously annoyed the sh!t out of me. Some examples - Sunny Came Home - Shawn Colvin Where Have All The Cowboys Gone - Paula Cole Walk This World - Heather Nova Has anyone noticed this? Maybe a song you always skipped you suddenly realise isn't too bad? Or maybe this is alzheimers and you are all a figment of my imagination?
  7. Well that'll give those venues a bit more use - still... not a good look.
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    2030 Olympic Winter Games Bids

    I think we touched on this in one of the long gone fantasy bid competitions. I think the general concensus was the distance was prohibitive (700+km from Barcelona to Albertville, 800+ km from Andorra la Vella to Albertville) however that doesn't seem to be a huge issue these days. Yes - Milan to Cortina is half of these distances - however the IOC may be open to this plan to show they are serious about legacy.
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    2030 Olympic Winter Games Bids

    Ah Barcelona again. I don't know. I much rather another summer Games from them or Madrid. Maybe Lisbon? I just can't equate Spain with winter sports. I know they have mountains but... eh. It's a stretch.
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    Brisbane 2032

    There was a credible push from the Victorian state government for a Melbourne bid for 2028/2032 however the AOC flat out said no (there is a lot of back story to the AOC basically hating Melbourne). Thus the Melburnians know until Coates is ousted (and they tried to do that a couple of years back) there is no point.
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    National Stadium(1964 Olympic Stadium)

    I'm hoping there are lots of escalators and lifts that I'm just not seeing because that is not a Paralympic friendly venue based on the latest pics...
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    2026 Commonwealth Games: Where?

    Not a surprise. They are too expensive unless you have the vast majority of venues and infrastructure already in place. Adelaide most likely has enough venues - however they may not be of the right capacity for the CGF. It may get to the point where the CGF will approach cities directly. Melbourne again? Back to back in the UK?
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    2022 Mascots

    Yep - that is what I saw - but to be honest they are both kind of adorable. Neither tops the 2008 Paralympic mascot though. Fu Niu Lele forever!
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    2030 Commonwealth Games

    Valid points - but the Comm Games are costing in excess of a billion dollaridoos these days. There has to be a way to bring that right down - and the CGF is a good position to lead the way in making these multisport events cheaper.
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    Brisbane 2032

    The Gabba is in a very built up area. The new metro station and road expansion will not allow any expansion beyond it's original footprint. It is surrounded by high rise apartments and retail areas on all the other sides. The Gabba board is also hugely protective of the ground and is about to sink a considerable sum in upgrading plumbing, electrics, seating and the under pitch infrastructure. It is Brisbane's only major oval ground - and there is no way it will be taken offline for a few years to build it up to Olympic Stadium standard. The Lions members will not consider multiple seasons being based down at Metricon Stadium on the Gold Coast either. Brisbane will get a new stadium - possibly to be built at Bowen Hills. It does not need a new stadium though and any discussions to the contrary are hot air.
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    Brisbane 2032

    Similar - though milder weather issues. Remember - in 2000 the Games started mid September. Sydney no longer has a stadium that can realistically fit a track without major deck work - reducing capacity and sight lines. Also there hasn't really been any interest from Sydney to host a major event - bar the current FIFA Women's World Cup bid.
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    Brisbane 2032

    Two factors - the IOC's apparently non-negotible hosting window and the AOC's refusal to back a Melbourne bid., The first is due to TV rights, the second is due to the head of the AOC being a bit of a dick and Melbourne has a relatively mild - yet wet - winter. July/August has fog, rain. sometimes snow on the higher hills and day time temperatures rarely above 18 degrees celcius. Never mind that the vast majority of sports are indoors and long distance athletes have repeatedly stated they'd rather run a marathon in cooler weather... So that is it. Climate, John Coates and NBC basically.
  18. We are here - however the 'No' is tempered with 'maybe'. There is a general lack of belief that this will come off - that it is still just politicians having a wank. We'll see.
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    2030 Commonwealth Games

    I hear this a lot and frankly major changes need to be made. The Commonwealth Games should maybe fully integrate 'Paralympic' sports on an equal footing (same amount of able bodied and non-able bodied athletes), perhaps take a leaf out of the Asian Winter Games book and invite a couple of sporting superpowers to the party and finally look at the sporting programme and scale back those sports that already have sufficient international championships/exposure.
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    Brisbane 2032

    And yet they were able to do that in 2000. It is not impossible - just undesirable. The Australian time zone (and Tokyo/Beijing etc) is poison for NBC anyway. There are further world championships/golden league/grand prix after the Olympics in Olympic years so the federations could make it work - the question is really why should they. Melbourne could host the same dates Sydney did - yes there is a higher chance of rain but mid September is cool - yet mild. The IOC however have said no.
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    Belarus with Russia or Ukraine

    The locals didn't get behind the 2004 bid. I doubt there is much appetite for an Olympics there now either.
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    Brisbane 2032

    Basically you have a federal and a state Government desperate to be able to say they have made a big move and brought something "good" to Australia. Our self esteem as a nation is really tied up with punching above our weight and being seen as a big player in the world. Of course we are not - but we do a few things well - hosting events is one of them. The Government is playing a dangerous game though - there is a huge amount of people who don't want their tax dollars spent this way. The whole Sydney stadium fuckery as well as the underwhelming 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games have negated a lot of enthusiasm for huge sporting events. In my day to day dealings with people I am yet to hear anyone say they back a SEQ bid - if anything it is met with a roll of the eyes. I am sure if we get them the story will change to slight ezxcitement (until the ticket prices are announced and no-one gets decent seats to anything) - but for now we have an economy that is not very strong, massive amounts of personal and national debt - and a city bidding that has a lot of locals scratching their heads. Yes yes - we know the IOC's window for hosting the Games is pretty much set in stone, however the average man on the street looks at Brisbane and then looks at Melbourne and wonders why we are spending money up North when they are basically ready down South. There is no need for another major stadium in Brisbane. There will need to be billions spent on basic infrastructure. I live in Brisbane and dread the mess a Games will bring - and I love the Olympics. Australia in 2019 is not the Australia that got behind the Sydney bid in 1991-1993. However - as always - our politicians refuse to read the room and barge in head first.
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    Belarus with Russia or Ukraine

    Isn't there serious talk of Belarus rejoining Russia anyway? There was a story not long ago that Putin can be President again if it happens... I'm not sure how much of it is fantasy though. https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/01/29/a-brotherly-takeover-could-russia-annex-belarus-op-ed-a64326
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    2030 Olympic Winter Games Bids

    www.reddit.com/r/olympics/
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    2030 Olympic Winter Games Bids

    Gosh - I wish they double awarded 2026/30 now lol. Anyhow. So let's start #SLC30 right here and now.
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