Jump to content

The Olympic Cauldron: Centre Of The Stadium


Recommended Posts

VANOC to splurge on BC Place fix-ups

Posted Tuesday, June 16, 2009 11:04 PM ET

By Rod Mickleburgh, The Globe and Mail

As the recession continues to whistle around them, organizers of the 2010 Winter Olympics remain flush with cash. So much so that, in a surprise move, they are coughing up an extra $8.3-million dollars to make the Games opening and closing ceremonies even more of a whiz-bang spectacle.

What the money will be used for, however, is a big, fat secret.

The unexpected contribution, which whittles VANOC's construction contingency fund down to a bare-bones $1.3-million, is earmarked for a number of undisclosed alterations to BC Place, the huge domed stadium where the ceremonies will take place, the first in Olympic history to be held indoors.

"We have some funds available to put into certain pieces of the stadium that are directly tied to the show that our executive producer wants to put on," Dave Cobb, VANOC executive vice-president and deputy CEO, said Tuesday.

"But we're not prepared to say very much about it. We'd like to keep what we're doing secret, until the opening ceremonies happen, for the surprise element."

There was immediate speculation the mystery money would be used, at least partly, to revamp the cavernous stadium's notorious sound system, renowned for producing far more echo than clarity.

The spending was part of VANOC's latest quarterly financial report that continued the organization's pattern of presenting a rosy picture despite the troubled economy.

"This was a very positive quarter," chief VANOC financial officer John McLaughlin told reporters. "Once again, our revenues exceeded expenditures, and we have a strong cash balance."

At the same time, Mr. McLaughlin cautioned that VANOC is far from home free. The recession is real, the worst in years, he said, and some suppliers expected to bid for VANOC contracts have fallen by the wayside.

"The recession has clearly now arrived in Canada and British Columbia. All of our partners and stakeholders are being impacted: our government partners and the [international Olympic Committee], Canadian and world-wide sponsors. and suppliers, individuals and the media."

Although VANOC has not yet taken a major financial hit from any anticipated revenue source, Mr. McLaughlin said, the organization intends to remain prudent. "We don't believe we will see a marked [economic] improvement in the 240 days before the Games begin. They start on Feb. 12, no matter what happens, and we must be ready."

One cause of concern is the failure of the IOC, so far, to secure two more top international sponsors, budgeted to contribute another $30-million to VANOC coffers. The IOC had a target of 11 global sponsors, but the recession has stalled the number at nine.

However, Mr. Cobb insisted organizers are not overly worried. "If there is a shortfall, we are going to work with the IOC to make it up," he said. "Our relationship is much broader than sponsorships. We are looking at other ways of bridging the gap."

As for the BC Place cash, Mr. Cobb stressed that the extra money will be used on construction improvements to remain after the Games. The ceremonies' overall operating budget will stay at $38-million.

"We think it will be money very well spent, and, given the fact that it does have a legacy value to the taxpayers once the Games finish, we felt it was a good investment to make," Mr. Cobb said. "These are not production costs," he said. "They are infrastructure costs going into the stadium."

The distinction is important because VANOC's entire construction budget of $580-million is being underwritten jointly by the federal and provincial governments. Neither government would likely be amused if money they forked over for construction were used for other matters.

If VANOC's construction contingency fund were not used up, the remainder would have been returned to government, Mr. Cobb said.

"The priority was to allow us to do certain things in both opening and closing ceremonies that we otherwise would not be able to do."

Link to post
Share on other sites
  • Replies 166
  • Created
  • Last Reply

Top Posters In This Topic

Why has someone posted animal porn on this site? This is an outrage and an extraordinary injustice to these magnificent creatures!

Porn? I just see it as mummy and daddy crane having special cuddles and making little baby crane.

crane-chick4.jpg

Link to post
Share on other sites
there's now 5 huge cranes circling BC Place and each one is pink...

we now return you to regular programming

Pink cranes? Sure they're not flamingos. Do you get flamingos in Canada?

Flamingos.jpg

Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 4 weeks later...

4000 degree flame inside a pressurized atmosphere that has to keep the roof from collapsing:

2818728199_579c182257.jpg

I hear that they're replacing all 60,000 blue seats with pink seats:

2264530020_945aba6466.jpg

2264526796_979da52e36.jpg

2263729907_27a258cd87.jpg

The seating areas are still a filthy mess:

2238019515_950e54259a.jpg

2238019511_4dbabe3dd2.jpg

2238019509_42f1069c24.jpg

2238019503_b10505378b.jpg

2238019501_150d709f7f.jpg

You'd think by now they would've cleaned up the damn Stadium. It's still a filthy mess and the roof is still stained. It looks disgusting.

To think that Barack Obama or the Vice President will have to see what an ugly mess BC Place is.

This is the sort of ugly tower they should build beside ugly filthy BC Place (this hotel tower is in North Korea):

2234372730_f340426360.jpg

Link to post
Share on other sites

^ you're quite shallow, aren't you?

1) who says the flame will be 4,000 degrees? You talk as if you're the only one that knows what's going on, and as if VANOC hasn't hired engineers and consultants with the know how to work around a flame inside an indoor stadium. Bombardier has been working on the stadium cauldron for almost two years now, the cauldron design is likely almost finalized.

2) yes, the seats are getting replaced....then in the next "point" you make, you claim how filthy the are. The seats are ALWAYS filthy after a BC Lions game. People leave food and garbage after every game....and it's not just at BC Place, but also at GM Place, the Pacific Coliseum, or any other sporting venue in the world.

When the new seats are installed, or just before that, they will obviously give the rows a good scrubbing and some alterations before those new seats are installed. Use your noggin for once.

3) Station renovations are far, far from being complete. The roof will be cleaned sometime over the next few months.

Link to post
Share on other sites

I watch the Canada day celebrations because of the Olympic Themed performances and heard the official song of the Torch relay..........................What sorta hell-of-a-crap was that?

It was the ugliest most miserable piece of music I ever heard! Even the commentators kept far away from that! YUCK

Link to post
Share on other sites

we got a bunch of clowns running this Olympics.

If they had've had the Retractable Roof on in time, we wouldn't be worrying about whether "Bombardier" will be successful in lighting a 4000 degree flame inside BC Place without the Roof bursting.

Instead, it's all being left to last minute Fearless Engineering and it's all very secretive and no one's talking.

Fact: This has never been done before inside a packed stadium with 2 billion watching on tv

Link to post
Share on other sites
Instead, it's all being left to last minute Fearless Engineering and it's all very secretive and no one's talking.

That doesn't mean anything!

Beijing, and other hosts, were ultra-secretive about their cauldron. Doesn't mean they were worried about it exploding. I suppose you agree with this argument:

All clouds are white.

All sheep are white.

Therefore all clouds are sheep.

Link to post
Share on other sites
If they had've had the Retractable Roof on in time, we wouldn't be worrying about whether "Bombardier" will be successful in lighting a 4000 degree flame inside BC Place without the Roof bursting.

Instead, it's all being left to last minute Fearless Engineering and it's all very secretive and no one's talking.

Correction. We're not worried. You're the only one who is.

Face it - the cauldron and its lighting is the BIG Olympic secret of any games. You're gonna know squat before it happens.

Link to post
Share on other sites
I watch the Canada day celebrations because of the Olympic Themed performances and heard the official song of the Torch relay..........................What sorta hell-of-a-crap was that?

It was the ugliest most miserable piece of music I ever heard! Even the commentators kept far away from that! YUCK

What official song of the Torch Relay? Are you sure it's even "official"? I'm quite sure we would have all heard about it if they did make one.

Link to post
Share on other sites
If they had've had the Retractable Roof on in time, we wouldn't be worrying about whether "Bombardier" will be successful in lighting a 4000 degree flame inside BC Place without the Roof bursting.

Instead, it's all being left to last minute Fearless Engineering and it's all very secretive and no one's talking.

Fact: This has never been done before inside a packed stadium with 2 billion watching on tv

You're the only one that's worried and stressed about this, none of us could give a care in the world.

Every Olympic cauldron and Olympic Opening/Closing Ceremony has been a big secret. Hardly any details ever get leaked out about how the cauldron works, how the cauldron is lit, nor who lights the cauldron. It's always a surprise, as it was for Beijing, Torino, Athens, Salt Lake, Sydney, etc. And I'm glad nobody's talking and that it's staying a secret as that's the whole point about the cauldron lighting and the Opening Ceremony: the element of surprise - something you don't understand.

If you had some logic and common sense, you'd know all of these "worries" are absolutely a joke.

Get some help: http://www.counsellingbc.com/

Link to post
Share on other sites

When are we hearing the announcement of the winning bidder for construction of the Retractable Roof? There was talk it will be a company from Ontario, possibly Dominion Construction.

Or is the "Recession" going to convince the Government to scuttle the project?

Link to post
Share on other sites

×
×
  • Create New...