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  1. São Paulo is the largest city in Brazil, the largest city in the Americas and the 4th largest city in the world, with almost 13 million inhabitants. During its history, São Paulo hosted major events, whether sports or not, or competed for some event. Of these events, what is missing to close this list, are the Olympic Games. At the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, São Paulo was one of the soccer sub-venues, receiving 10 matches, but not something grandiose. São Paulo has hosted the 1963 Pan American Games, the 2002 South American Games, the 2014 Parapan American Youth Games, as well as the games of the 1950 World Cup, the 2014 World Cup and the 2019 America Cup. And every year, it receives the World-wide one of Formula 1. The city applied to host the 2012 Summer Olympics, losing to Rio de Janeiro, which lost to London and Expo 2020, losing to Dubai. The city of São Paulo is a major economic, industrial and tourism hub in Brazil, receiving 11.7 million tourists in 2010 according to the Municipal Tourism Department. With the Olympics, that number would double or even triple. In the lodging, the city counts on about 50,000 rooms of hotels. In addition, there are 280 movie theaters, 180 theaters, 110 museums, 90 cultural centers, 55 shopping centers, more than 12,000 restaurants, ranging from local cuisine to thai cuisine. São Paulo has numerous portal cards, such as parks, museums, avenues, among others. Ibirapuera Park is the largest park in the city, and is a meeting point for people of all ages who enjoy their lawns, museums and hiking trails. Paulista Avenue is Brazil's most famous avenue, bringing together companies, museums, shopping malls, subway stations, and is the meeting point of many people, especially young people. The São Paulo Museum of Art (MASP) is located on Avenida Paulista, with paintings by artists such as Renoir and Van Gogh, as well as sculptures and other objects from Ancient Greece. The Altino Arantes Building is one of the highest in the city, known as "Empire States Paulista", with exhibition halls, skating rink, cafeteria and an observatory. The 25 de Março Street is the main street of popular commerce, with small shops that sell everything a little. The Municipal Market is considered to be the home of the best ingredients, with bars and stalls selling mostly fruits, ranging from a simple apple to the exotic pitaya. A large mesh of transport facilitates the movement. They pass through the city, 11 state and federal highways. More than 200 bus lines connect all areas of the city. With 6 subway lines in operation, 3 more in construction, 7 suburban train lines linking São Paulo to neighboring cities, makes the city the largest and best public transportation network in Brazil, and one of the best and largest in the world. The city has 3 airports (São Paulo-Guarulhos, São Paulo-Congonhas and Campo de Marte), making São Paulo connect with the rest of the world. Three more road terminals complete this system. The city has large sports centers such as stadiums, gymnasiums and other places that can be adapted, such as convention centers. Some do not even need to be renovated because they are new facilities, such as the Corinthians Arena, the Palmeiras Arena and the Paralympic Center. These are just a few details, a summary of all the potential that São Paulo has to receive the Olympic Games, and who knows in 2032. Brazilian authorities have not launched an interest in hosting the event so far, but who knows soon. It's not hard to dream. Is that you? What do you think of this future candidacy? Do you think São Paulo has the potential to do so? Can São Paulo become a candidate for 2032?
  2. We are 892 days till Rio 2016 and 925 to the Paralympic Games. Use this Thread for General Discussion on the Road to Rio
  3. Amsterdam's 2028 Olympic Ambitions "Put to sleep" but could be revived later. Full story here - http://www.insidethegames.biz/olympics/1019416-amsterdam-s-2028-olympic-ambitions-put-to-sleep-but-could-be-revived-later - Source: Inside the Games.
  4. Just done some research and noticed Russia wants to Bid for the 2024 Summer Olympic Games. Kazan and St Petersburg have both proposed visions to Bid. If they were, who would you support? Kazan or St Petersburg. I would personally support Kazan, as it would be a great backdrop from the 2013 Summer Universiade and is a beautiful city. Kazan is the Capital of Sport in Russia.
  5. Baku is a Proposed Bid for 2024, as Baku stated after being knocked out of the race in the Applicant Stage that they would come back stronger with more Venues and Infrastructure in 2024. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2024_Summer_Olympics
  6. The United States Olympic Committee recently sent 35 letters to cities across the country to see who's interesting in bidding for the Games of the XXXIII Olympiad. Philadelphia was the first city to respond stating they will plan a bid for the USOC. In order to appeal to both the USOC and the IOC, what should the city do such as improving infrastructure and planning the venues? My ideal plan: Olympic Venues Archery – Fairmount Park Badminton – Temporary Venue (Schuylkill) Baseball – Citizens Bank Park (South Philadelphia) Basketball – Wells Fargo Centre – Finals (South Philadelphia), Liacourus Centre – Preliminaries (Temple University) Beach Volleyball – Temporary Venue (Penn’s Landing) Boxing – The Palestra (University of Pennsylvania) BMX – Temporary Venue (Schuylkill) Canoe/Kayak – Temporary Venue (Camden) Cycling – Temporary Velodrome (Schuylkill) Diving – New Aquatics Centre (South Philadelphia) Equestrian – Devon Show Grounds (Devon, PA) Fencing – PA Convention Centre (Hall 1) Field Hockey – Franklin Field (University of Pennsylvania) Golf – Merion Golf Club (Ardmore, PA) Gymnastics – Wells Fargo Centre (South Philadelphia) Handball – Wells Fargo Centre – Finals (South Philadelphia), Temporary Venue - Preliminaries (Schuylkill) Judo – PA Convention Centre (Hall 1) Marathon – Ben Franklin Parkway (Start), Philadelphia Museum of Art (End) Modern Pentathlon – Series of Olympic Venues Mountain Biking – Poconos Mountains Road Cycling – Ben Franklin Parkway (Start/End) Rowing – Cooper River (Camden) Rugby 7s – PPL Park (Chester, PA) Sailing – Temporary Venue (Camden) Shooting – New Shooting Centre (Schuylkill) Soccer – Lincoln Financial Field – Finals (South Philadelphia)* Softball – Campbell’s Field (Camden) Swimming – New Aquatics Centre (South Philadelphia) Synchronized Swimming – New Aquatics Center (South Philadelphia) Table Tennis – PA Convention Centre (Hall 2) Taekwondo – PA Convention Centre (Hall 3) Tennis – New Tennis Centre (South Philadelphia) Track and Field – Olympic Stadium (South Philadelphia) Triathlon (swimming, biking, running) – Fairmount Park Volleyball – Liacourus Centre – Finals (Temple University), The Pavilion – Preliminaries (Villanova University) Water Polo – New Aquatics Centre II (Schuylkill) Weightlifting - Mann Centre *Football matches will also be held in Atlanta (Georgia Dome), Chicago (Soldier Field), Dallas (Cowboys Stadium), New York (Metlife Stadium), Los Angeles (LA Memorial Coliseum), and Washington DC (Fedex Field). Olympic Village – Schuylkill River Olympic Offices – University of Pennsylvania, Drexel University Media Village – Naval Business Centre (South Philadelphia) International Broadcast Centre/Main Press Centre – Temporary Centre (South Philadelphia) I-476, I-76, I-95, I-676, Broad Street, Market Street, Columbus Blvd, Lancaster Ave are the major arteries with athletes and media traveling on Olympic Priority Lanes. Notes: - Philadelphia and Camden needs to lower their crime rate. Even though Rio might be worse, the USOC will not choose Philadelphia as their bid. - Septa will need to build additional lines in South Philadelphia to accommodate the new Olympic neighborhoods and the vast amount of spectators since parking spaces is going to be reduced. Since traffic is going to be a nightmare during the evenings because of rush hour and event finals, spectators are going to rely on public transportation when travelling to the venues. It’s like the Eagles, Phillies, and Flyers playing sellout doubleheaders on the same day with the Vet still standing. Stations also need to be expanded to help handle the massive Olympic crowds. After the games, the new Septa lines should spur business in South Philadelphia the turning meat packaging warehouses into entertainment venues. - I-76 will need major expansion. Since it’s the major highway coming into the city, the two lane system from King of Prussia to the Sports Complex is going to create a traffic nightmare. - The Olympic Bid plan could be part of a long term project by the city to improve on infrastructure and other aspects of the city such as education and decreasing the crime rate. - I know this might seem stupid, but we need to redevelop the Philadelphia Gas Works area into a new neighborhood. After landing at the Airport, the first thing tourists see is smoke coming from the Sunoco plant. That’s an unwelcoming feel. Redeveloping the area could mean additional venues and possibly the Olympic Village.
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