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September 13th Update

* Golfer Lorena Ochoa has been elected as the image of PanAm Games 2011. The current leader on money earnings this year has publicly supported the project over the past few years. She's also one of the likely winners of the National Sport Award 2006.

* Works on the Gymnastics dome have started before schedule, thanks to the 40 million pesos found (less than 4 million USD) given by the State Congress. They are only waiting the formal authorization of the Secretary for Urban Development.

The construction will be adjacent to the volleyball and equestrian venues, with a projected capacity of 3,500 permanent seats, plus temporary seatings. It will feature two separate areas, one for artistic & trampoline, and the other for rhytmic. The late one will also be used as a warm up area for the artistic competition. Below is a render of the project.

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October 4 Update

* For two days, the Executive Committee of the PanAmerican Sport Organization (PASO) is having its meeting in Guadalajara. The purpose is to review the current work of both the Rio 2007 and Guadalajara 2011 Organizing Committees.

* So far, the leaders have praised the work done by Guadalajara on the construction schedule of sport venues. The Volleyball dome is expected to be finished by the end of this year, while the Gymnastics dome is going to be started in a few days. Meanwhile, Federal funds for the new velodrome have been secured, with an amount of 30 million pesos (less than 3 million dollars).

* Guadalajara 2011 plans to feature seven non olympic sports: karate, squash, bowling, water ski, roller skate, racquetball and Basque pelota. The last two won't be included in Rio 2007, due to the lack of interest of the local public.

* Two other cities in the state of Jalisco are under study to be included as venues for 2011. Both will join Ciudad Guzmán (pop. 96,000) and Puerto Vallarta (pop. 220,000).

One of them is Lagos de Moreno (pop. 140,000), third city in the state and about one and a half hour from Guadalajara, that is probably going to be chosen as the venue for baseball and softball. Its stadium currently has a permanent capacity of 2,000, plus 4,000 to 6,000 temporary seats that will be added for the Games.

The other city is Jamay (pop. 21,000) on the shores of Lake Chapala, one hour away from Guadalajara, expected to host rowing events.

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The Volleyball dome is expected to be finished by the end of this year, while the Gymnastics dome is going to be started in a few days.

Strangely enought, the Volleyball arena for Rio 2007 was also expected to finish by the end of this year...and it won´t be finished by then. :D

Congratulations to Guadalara to prove how things can be done in advance.

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I´m afraid of the Pan2007 situation right now..... it seems that things won´t be ready on time.

Hope that the Mexicans are paying attention to what´s happening in Rio so they won´t commit the same mistakes.

Do you have any news clippings about the situation? It will be a big, big pity for Brazil if they don't pull it off!

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November 1st Update

* After a long debate, the final plans for the velodrome were released. The velodrome will maintain its present location, but will suffer important renovations, like the change of its length (from 333m to 250m) and the construction of a indoor track for athletic events around the cycling one. Work will begin in December.

* Other venue that have been defined is the softball stadium, in the same complex that the velodrome, since it only needs some minor adjustments in its structure and capacity. It is planned to be used as a baseball training field previous to the Games.

* FINA's Diving Super Final is scheduled for November 17 and 18 at the University of Gudalajara Swimming Complex.

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February 11th Update

* Volleyball dome will be finished soon. Hopefully I'll post some pics in less than a month.

* Gymnastics venue is already in construction and may be finished by late 2007 or early 2008.

* Cycling track will be moved to a site purchased by the State's government. It will host both a wooden covered track and an athletic track, with some 3,000 to 4,000 seats.

* Softball will get a new stadium, location to confirm.

* According to Head of Guadalajara 2011, all venues are expected to be finished before 2010, to leave time to host wrm up competitions.

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February 11th Update

* Volleyball dome will be finished soon. Hopefully I'll post some pics in less than a month.

* Gymnastics venue is already in construction and may be finished by late 2007 or early 2008.

* Cycling track will be moved to a site purchased by the State's government. It will host both a wooden covered track and an athletic track, with some 3,000 to 4,000 seats.

* Softball will get a new stadium, location to confirm.

* According to Head of Guadalajara 2011, all venues are expected to be finished before 2010, to leave time to host wrm up competitions.

Hope to see the pictures of these venues in the future here.

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First venue ready

The Volleyball stadium is now finished with a final cost of USD$ 4,868,421 and a total capcity of 3,250. In addition to the main court it also features 3 warm up courts, separate dressing rooms for male and female athletes, a press rooms, a meeting room for the organizers, a couple of offices, electhronic boards, an audio cabin, VIP lounges and an infirmary. The official inauguration took place last Thursday; here are some pictures.

The venue

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Inauguration ceremony

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Authorities attending the ceremony; from left to right: Carlos Andrade (State of Jalisco Sports Director and President of the GDL 2011 Organizing Comittee); Carlos Hermosillo (former football player and National Sports Secretary); Alfonso Petersen (mayor of Guadalajara); Emilio González (governor of Jalisco); and Felipe Muñoz (President of the Mexican Olympic Committee and past Olympic Champion)

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Do you have any news clippings about the situation? It will be a big, big pity for Brazil if they don't pull it off!

every nation biding on an games should know this by now. 4 years is not enough to start work and it has to a be a decades worth of prep work. Rio 2007 is real interchangable with athens 2004 or montreal 1976 but the financial stakes are not as high at this point.

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Looks like Pele has reservations about the preparartions:

Pele worried Pan Am Games could hurt Brazil's bid for 2014 World Cup

The Associated PressPublished: April 25, 2007

SAO PAULO, Brazil: A disastrous Pan American Games could hurt Brazil's chances of hosting the 2014 World Cup, Pele said Wednesday.

"Everybody expects things to go well, but from what I hear it's not looking good right now," Pele told local media. "It would be bad for Brazil's image, especially when it's trying host the 2014 World Cup."

Brazil is the sole candidate to host soccer's quadrennial championship in 2014, which guaranteed to South America under FIFA's continental rotation policy. The 2010 World Cup will take place in South Africa.

If Brazil fails to meet FIFA's extensive list of requirements, however, soccer's governing body can award the event to a country on another continent.

Pele said he has not been in close contact with Pan American Games organizers, but that media reports regarding construction delays for the July 13-29 event have caused concerns.

"Unfortunately, there is a high possibility the stadiums won't be ready in time," Pele said. "That wouldn't be a good visiting card for Brazil."

With less than three months before the opening ceremony, workers have been racing to finish construction of some venues, although organizers guarantee everything will be finished in time.

The Brazilian soccer confederation has said the Games will have no effect in FIFA's decision to award the World Cup to Brazil as long as the nation meets the list of requirements.

About 5,500 athletes from 42 countries across the hemisphere are expected in Rio, as well as 2,000 delegation members, 3,000 journalists and 15,000 volunteer workers.

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NEWS

The second venue planned especifically for the 2011 PanAm Games is about half of its completion, scheduled between August and October this year. It will host the gymnastics competitions and its capacity will be above 3,500 persons. Adjacent there will be a softball stadium with an approximate cost of 4 million dollars.

Here's a pictures of the works.

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Wow, they are moving really fast, as i can see now they will have no problems with the constructions. Anyway, i wonder how it's going the construction of the new football stadium for Guadalajara Chivas (football host and, if i heard well, site of ceremonies).

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Now it looks like the battle for the 2015 Pan American games will be far more interesting. Colombia capital Bogota have oficialized their bid to these games, and now Venezuela will also make official their bid at the PASO Session at Rio during the games (looks like it will be Caracas again, but i would think on giving the chance to other important city, like Maracaibo).

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Well the Chivas Stadium was originally planned to be finished last year to celebrate the club's 100 years along with a league trophy (which they actually won). There have some small modifications to the original project and they expect to finish by the end of next year.

I think this stadium isn't considered to be the venue for the ceremonies, which are supposed to take place in the historic Jalisco Stadium. That's a shame, beacuse this project can have another modifications to allow a temporary track around the field that helps with the athletics progam in 2011, instead of the smaller venue they plan to built in a conflictive site.

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The first funds from the federal government were announced yesterday, after the Organizing Committee's reunion with federal deputies. It will be a total of 80 million pesos (about 7 million dollars) to be spend on the construction of the velodrome, to be cosntructed this year, along with the gymnastics complex (to be finishing in July or August), the weightlifting and shooting venues (concluded by December) and the rowing and canoe center (early 2008). Total cost for the event is calculated in 187 million dollars, which I personally expect doesn't escalate at Rio's or Montreal's level.

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The pan-american flame was lighted in the Pyramids of Teotihuacán, in Mexico. Following the concept of the olympics, the flame will be kept on a lantern. From the fire of the flame the torches are lighted during the rotation. The event to light the flame followed similar artistic representation to the daily pre-Hispanic rituals of lighting of the fire.

Three actors had rubbed pieces wooden that had given origin to the first spark, having lit the fire. Still following the ritual of the time, the fire was placed inside of a vase, of where a symbolic torch was lighted. It was delivered to the governor of the City of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto, and, after that, she passed it to the hands of the president of the Pan American Sport Organization (Odepa), Mario Vázquez Rana; and then to the mayor of Rio De Janeiro, Cesar Maia; and to the president of the Organizing Committee of the Pan-American Games and to the president of the Brazilian Olympic Comittee (COB), Carlos Arthur Nuzman; and finally, to the Mexican athlete Juan Carril, who ran inside the pyramids symbolizing the departing of the Torch to Brazil.

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Here's a comparison of both logos. The new one is on the left.

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I'd like a lot this new logo since its has more style and represent better the conceptof GDL 2011 PanAm Games:

* The triangles that form the body are shaped similar to the Americas and its colors are a reference to Mexico as the host country.

* The flame is a traditional symbol of this competitions; in addition the blue and yellow are the official colors of the city of Guadalajara and the State of Jalisco.

* The hand that holds the torch is resembles the blue agave, the plant used to produce tequila and represents one more time the Mexican culture and the state of Jalisco, where tequila was born.

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Yes, the new logo is cool. The old one was quite weird.

It seems more funtional, too. Imagine T-shirts and pins with the new logo. It´s colorful but balanced at the same time, it´s just nice-looking. Claps for the designers this time.

by the way.... isn´t San Antonio going to bid for 2015 too ? I can´t imagine three cities bidding for the same PAnAm (Santafe de Bogota, X Caracas X San Antonio), but if Rio´s prove to be a huge sucess, other cities may get interested too.

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Yes, the new logo is cool. The old one was quite weird.

It seems more funtional, too. Imagine T-shirts and pins with the new logo. It´s colorful but balanced at the same time, it´s just nice-looking. Claps for the designers this time.

by the way.... isn´t San Antonio going to bid for 2015 too ? I can´t imagine three cities bidding for the same PAnAm (Santafe de Bogota, X Caracas X San Antonio), but if Rio´s prove to be a huge sucess, other cities may get interested too.

The US cities that are fighting now for become the official candidate city for the Pan Am games are Detroit and Miami.

Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires, Santiago de Chile and Lima are also interested in hosting the games. As a venezuelan, i have a great hope that Caracas becomes the host city (the Copa America being realized soon here, and with the excelent stadiums built arround here, will become a great help on the bid).

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