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120million pounds (or 360m AU, or 300US..roughly) is a bit pricey for a make over. Though it would have been good to see somewhere like Crystal Palace redeveloped into a National Stadium.

Speaking of prices of large stadia, Vancouver 2020 please note the price.

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Regarding London's bid and stadium design:

the American Jerry Anderson, a senior partner in the stadium design and event planning company HOK Sport, which is working on the blueprint for the proposed Olympic stadium and other venues. Mr Anderson has advised organisers of the Olympics in Atlanta and Sydney and claims that London is already ahead.

"I am very impressed with the progress," he said. "Plans are at the same stage as they would be a year into full Olympic mode and are at a parallel with Beijing's masterplan. This bid is really rock solid. There is a depth of knowledge and professionalism we don't see in other bids.

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Regarding London's bid and stadium design:

the American Jerry Anderson, a senior partner in the stadium design and event planning company HOK Sport, which is working on the blueprint for the proposed Olympic stadium and other venues. Mr Anderson has advised organisers of the Olympics in Atlanta and Sydney and claims that London is already ahead.

"I am very impressed with the progress," he said. "Plans are at the same stage as they would be a year into full Olympic mode and are at a parallel with Beijing's masterplan. This bid is really rock solid. There is a depth of knowledge and professionalism we don't see in other bids.

Excellent news considering how far ahead Sydney was. For London to be even further in front is superb. I believe HOK Sports also designed the Sydney 2000 stadium.

Though, it seems London is going on a “wow” campaign before the vote. Why aren’t we seeing this from other bids?

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I see one problem with the plans :shocked:

What if Liz has the royal patio set (complete with umbrella) installed on her balcony so she can sit out with a gin and tonic and watch the marathon pass by her castle?  Won't all the runners have to stop and bow/curtsy before continuing on?  :hmm:  

:laughlong:

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Wouldn't London weather be a little chilly for "beach volleyball" -- esp. under the eyes of Buckingham Palace?  Or would Philip enjoy it particularly?   :rolleyes:

once a twat - always a twat! plus ca change!

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I see one problem with the plans :shocked:

What if Liz has the royal patio set (complete with umbrella) installed on her balcony so she can sit out with a gin and tonic and watch the marathon pass by her castle?  Won't all the runners have to stop and bow/curtsy before continuing on?  :hmm:  

:laughlong:

She could invite George Bush to lunch on the balcony and all the runners could salute and say "god bless america" on their way past.

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There is a story in today's Sunday Mirror that says Tottenham are looking at moving to the Olympic Stadium or the new Wembley, as there isn't enough room to redevelop White Hart Lane and they don't want to be left behind by Arsenal's new ground at Ashburton Grove.
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Arwebb, I think you could be on the right track here. Despite all the fine sentiments in the Bid Book about down-scaling the stadium and having a "home" for British athletics, etc, etc, I can't help but suspect that, if London were to win the right to hold the Olympics that the stadium plan post-games would be "adjusted" with Spurs and/or West Ham moving in as tenants. Why?

1. Economic sense - it costs money to both down-scale and then maintain a stadium, and the old Golden League meeting, or European meeting isn't going to cut it.

2. Planning sense - Both clubs, especially Spurs right now in few of West Ham's current plight, need to build or move. And remember that Ken's planning and transport departments have repeatedly snubbed Spurs' efforts to extend the tube to WHL and thereby make an expansion on the present site more feasible. If they don't move to the Olympic Stadium, where?

3. Domestic "political" sense - in the UK in general and in London in particular, the Ghost of White Elephants Past still haunts this bid - aka the Dome - so a strong post-games use would make it more palatable, even for Arsenal fans like myself.

4. IOC "political" sense - I don't buy this thing about the IOC or IAAF wanting the UK to have an athletics home, for a start a 20,000 seater hardly appeals to the IAAF from a World Champioships standpoint, and the Golden League meetings are already held in major stadiums in Berlin and Paris. A downscaled London stadium? Not that appealing, thank you. Also, does the IOC knock the Madrid bid for wanting to install Atletico Madrid en la Peineta post-Games?

The only people who would grumble would be a few athletics anoraks and, possibly, a few die-hard Spurs or Hammers fans. But, guys, take a look at Man City, who wouldn't have swapped Maine Road for their new stadium?

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Wouldn't London weather be a little chilly for "beach volleyball" -- esp. under the eyes of Buckingham Palace?  Or would Philip enjoy it particularly?   :rolleyes:

once a twat - always a twat! plus ca change!

Pretentious pedophile!!

pedophile?!?! - that's a new one on me and the english language!

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Wouldn't London weather be a little chilly for "beach volleyball" -- esp. under the eyes of Buckingham Palace?  Or would Philip enjoy it particularly?   :rolleyes:

once a twat - always a twat! plus ca change!

Pretentious pedophile!!

pedophile?!?! - that's a new one on me and the english language!

maybe Baron is the type of person that also mistakenly attacks paediatricians!

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Wouldn't London weather be a little chilly for "beach volleyball" -- esp. under the eyes of Buckingham Palace?  Or would Philip enjoy it particularly?   :rolleyes:

once a twat - always a twat! plus ca change!

Pretentious pedophile!!

pedophile?!?! - that's a new one on me and the english language!

maybe Baron is the type of person that also mistakenly attacks paediatricians!

Attack?  Uhmmm... I didn't call anyone names in the original post.  It was adriane -- with some phony frog-ese thrown in.  OK, I meant pederast then.   :)

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