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Rendering of BC Place in its nightly Victory Medals Ceremony mode:

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Well thats a nice sneak peak of the Opening Ceremonies set up as I'm sure they isn't time to totally reconfigure the stage ater the OC for the victory ceremonies two nights later.

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BC Place in Opening/Ceremony mode will hold at least 60,000. In Victory Medal Ceremonies mode, it'll hold 35,000 every night.

The Whistler Celebration Plaza, which will also hold nightly Victory Medal Ceremonies for the medals awarded at Whistler, will hold 8,000 (akin to Torino and Salt Lake):

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It's from the presentation John Furlong gave to the IOC earlier today, which was remarkably positive. I recall the last Torino and Beijing presentations and they were anything but filled with severe concern.

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It's from the presentation John Furlong gave to the IOC earlier today, which was remarkably positive. I recall the last Torino and Beijing presentations and they were anything but filled with severe concern.

Was this the first time we could follow an IOC session live at the website of the IOC?

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4,500 volunteer performers and 1,000 backstage volunteers for both the opening and closing ceremonies....i think those numbers may be the bare minimum....and they are on par with what Salt Lake had.

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I don't know if anybody knows yet, but I'll bite and give a tiny bit of info that's very much public, it's just not being heavily advertised.

In the next couple of days ..... volunteer uniform unveiling ceremony!

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It will be tommorow, Oct 13,2009 for the unvailing of the volunteer uniform. Only 700 were invited to attend.

I don't know if anybody knows yet, but I'll bite and give a tiny bit of info that's very much public, it's just not being heavily advertised.

In the next couple of days ..... volunteer uniform unveiling ceremony!

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That's quite a lot!

Well, in comparison:

- Sydney: 12,000

- Salt Lake: 4,500

- Athens: 7,000

- Torino: 5,500

- Beijing: 15,000

- Vancouver: 4,500

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Is funding for the ceremonies more or less than Torino and Salt Lake?

Salt Lake: US$37-million (not sure if this includes the nightly medal ceremonies)

Torino: US$38.5-million

Vancouver: CAD$46-million for Opening/Closing Ceremonies and $18-million for nightly medal ceremonies at Whistler Village and BC Place

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I managed to get an invite, but I had to cancel out: meeting at work and the venue is very difficult to reach via public transit.

It will be tommorow, Oct 13,2009 for the unvailing of the volunteer uniform. Only 700 were invited to attend.

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Salt Lake: US$37-million (not sure if this includes the nightly medal ceremonies)

Torino: US$38.5-million

Vancouver: CAD$46-million for Opening/Closing Ceremonies and $18-million for nightly medal ceremonies at Whistler Village and BC Place

In the official report of Salt Lake 2002 I see the budget for the total department of ceremonies was $54.4 million. So I think the 37 million doesn't include tje medal ceremonies.

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I know this is irrelevan but |D...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5JWwaUu2vjc From the videogame. Altough the cauldron reminds me a lot of Beijing 2008 :lol:

As for the actual ceremonies, i already read official info before that David Atkins were going to project gigantic images on the roof (like what they did in Doha 2006 with the giant LCD screen). During the rehearsal they projected an octopus and images of athletes.

I'm sure these ceremonies will be far better than Torino 2006, but they will be better than Beijing 2008? We'll have to wait until then (altough after seeing the unbelievable show they did at the asian games... :rolleyes: )

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^ they won't be better than Beijing, i think those ceremonies will be hard to beat and only the Summer Games ceremonies with their massive budgets will be capable of beating them.

There's no doubt though that Vancouver's ceremonies will rock the Winter Games world....better than Salt Lake and Torino.

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In the official report of Salt Lake 2002 I see the budget for the total department of ceremonies was $54.4 million. So I think the 37 million doesn't include tje medal ceremonies.

Salt Lake's $54.4 budget for the Creative Group included all Creative/Image projects...so, the "Look" of the Games, the Cultural Olympiad, the rings on the mountain, the medals, ALL the Ceremonies the Handover segment at the previous Games, (regular and Paralympic Opening and Closings, Medal C's for both regular AND Paralympics), cauldron costs, costs of the Relay NOT covered by the sponsors, & something called "Olympic Radio," etc.

In addition, the Eccles family donated a total of $8 million ($6 million for improvements to the Stadium which is why it was renamed the Rice-Eccles Stadium and $2 million for the two cauldrons, their design, testing, manufacture, installation, removal and resetting into that Legacy Park. This $8 mil was NOT included in the $54.4 mil figure quoted in the OR.

I have a detailed breakdown of nearly ALL Olympic Ceremonial budgets in the coming book, SECRETS OF THE OLYMPIC CEREMONIES.

Also, each Olympiad and Paralympics (and CWG, etc.) has a higher budget than the previous one. You can just see how the latest one is more lavish than the previous.

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I have a detailed breakdown of nearly ALL Olympic Ceremonial budgets in the coming book, SECRETS OF THE OLYMPIC CEREMONIES.

Are you really going to publish that book? It sounds very interesting.

But the budget for Creative services was $26 million, Look $18.92 million, Torch Relay $25 million and arts and culture 2.42 million. Ceremonies only (budget from SLOC) was $54.4 million.

So that was not the whole creative group.

I don't know things about extra donations, like the Eccles family, but that's what we know when your book is published;)

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Are you really going to publish that book? It sounds very interesting.

But the budget for Creative services was $26 million, Look $18.92 million, Torch Relay $25 million and arts and culture 2.42 million. Ceremonies only (budget from SLOC) was $54.4 million.

So that was not the whole creative group.

I don't know things about extra donations, like the Eccles family, but that's what we know when your book is published;)

The book is going to press for a proof next week.

The $54.4 mil figure included what was mentioned in my previous post. The regular Opening was $24 mil; (regular) Closing was $4 mil. Most of that $25 mil for the Torch Relay was covered by Coke, GM (for the US portion) and Samsung. That's why the item was called Creative...so...everything that had to do with the artistic/"cultural"/"image" aspects of the Games...so everything besides Sports, Administrative and Construction.

I also spoke to Scott Givens (who wasn't much help); the Eccles Foundation for confirmation of their contribution to the SLC Games; and the designer of the cauldron(s).

The book should be available from www.CreateSpace.com (a sub of amazon) sometime in December. Will keep GB readers & posters updated.

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Not sure if you included this but about three months ago, VANOC said they were taking $8.5-million out of their contingency and putting it into the opening/closing ceremonies which increases the opening/closing budget from $38-million to $46.5-million.

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Not sure if you included this but about three months ago, VANOC said they were taking $8.5-million out of their contingency and putting it into the opening/closing ceremonies which increases the opening/closing budget from $38-million to $46.5-million.

I noted that, S.

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