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On the home straight… new time-lapse video shows construction of Rio 2016 Games venues almost complete With test events in full swing, work at Barra and Deodoro Olympic Parks, and athletes’ village, nears an end
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The Carioca Arenas will host 10 sports during the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Photo: Rio Muncipal Government)

With less than nine months until the Rio 2016 Olympic Games begin, construction of the new sports venues is in the home straight. A week after the Rio city government declared three more facilities ready, it has released a time-lapse video showing progress at the two main venue clusters and athletes’ village.

When compared to a similar video released in July, it is clear that work at Barra Olympic Park is nearing completion, with the three Carioca Arenas (all more than 95 per cent complete), the Future Arena (100 per cent), the Olympic Aquatics Stadium (96 per cent) and International Broadcast Centre (100 per cent) highlighted.

At Deodoro Olympic Park, the second largest venue cluster, the video shows the completed canoe slalom course, which will host the sport’s test event this week, and the finished BMX track, which hosted its test event last month. The nearby mountain bike course is also ready and was warmly praised by riders after its test event.

Find out which sports will take place where with our venues map

The video ends with footage of the Olympic and Paralympic Village, which will host about 15,000 of the world’s top athletes next year, and is now 97 per cent complete.

Rio 2016

http://www.rio2016.com/en/news/on-the-home-straight-new-time-lapse-video-shows-construction-of-rio-2016-games-venues-almost-co

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Rio hosts Olympic tennis test event

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The Rio Olympic Tennis Centre will become the first venue in the Barra Olympic Park to stage an Olympic test event when the Brazilian Tennis Federation (CBT) hosts the Correios Brasil Masters Cup on 10-12 December. The Masters will serve as a test event for both the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic tennis competitions.

A total of 72 competitors are taking part in Brazilian tennis’s year-end finals that will be staged on six of the ten match courts that will be used at next year’s Olympic Tennis Event, including the 10,000-seat Centre Court. Brazilian internationals Guilherme Clezar and Teliana Pereira head the men’s and women’s entries, while there are also junior events in the 16, 14 and 12-and-under age groups, plus wheelchair events for men, women and quads.

Two exhibition matches will also be held at the venue, with Bruno Soares and Joao Souza facing Marcelo Demolioner and Andre Sa in a doubles match on Friday, and Brazilian No. 1 Thomaz Belucci taking on Rogerio Dutra Silva on Saturday.

The test event will allow officials from Rio 2016 and the ITF to take a look at all the facilities in competition mode, with the centre in its final stages of construction. The Rio Olympic Tennis Event will be held on 6-14 August 2016, with the Paralympic Tennis Event taking place on 9-16 September.

At next year’s Olympic Games, there will be a total of 16 hard courts in use, with ten match courts and six practice courts. Alongside the Centre Court, two temporary courts will be able to seat 5,000 and 3,000 spectators respectively.

The Centre Court stadium at the Barra Olympic Park will be part of the legacy to the city after the Games together with seven additional courts. In addition to hosting future events, the tennis centre will be used for the training of high performance athletes, as well as for young people who are part of social projects linked to sport.

ITF

http://www.itftennis.com/news/220537.aspx

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I feel like the white metal structure wasn't "necessary" at least visually. It's taking away from the colors, just too busy to look at. Is the venue concluded?

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Introducing Carioca Arena 1… the new home of Olympic basketball First new Rio 2016 venue to be unveiled this year is also the largest in Barra Olympic Park and will host first test event this week
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Carioca Arena 1 in the foreground, with arenas 2 and 3 attached, the velodrome behind and tennis centre top left (Photo: EOM)

It will host the likes of LeBron James, Stephen Curry and Pau Gasol in August, and on Tuesday (12 January) Carioca Arena 1 became the first Rio 2016 venue to be unveiled this year. The 16,000-seat arena, the largest in Barra Olympic Park, will host its first action this Friday, when the basketball test event begins.

Two members of the Brazilian women’s team who won silver at the Atlanta 1996 Games helped inaugurate the venue and predicted emotional scenes after the curtain comes up. “Brazilian fans always get very involved in live sport and I’m sure they will create an electric atmosphere during the Games, “ said Janeth Arcain. Hôrtencia Marcari added: “The most important thing is that an arena inspires players, and this place makes me want to return to the court.”

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The court was built with two types of wood and has a shock-absorber system (Photo: Rio 2016/Alex Ferro)

The first of eight new venues to be inaugurated this year, Carioca Arena 1 will host basketball during the Olympic Games and wheelchair basketball and wheelchair rugby during the Paralympic Games. It will get a taste of the demands of Games-time this month, as it hosts the basketball (15-17), powerlifting (20-23) and wrestling (30-31) test events, followed by taekwondo and wheelchair rugby in February and judo in March.

Carioca Arena 1, which is 33m tall and has a floor-space of 38,000m², has a facade inspired by the mountainous Rio landscape. Construction followed Rio 2016’s sustainability guidelines with features such as metallic covering that reflects sunlight, therefore reducing energy consumption (on air conditioning) during the day. The venue – which has 282 rooms, 49 bathrooms and eight changing rooms – was designed to be accessible for people with a disability.

The 608m² court was constructed with two types of wood, one for the playing area and another for the out-of-bounds areas. It has a support system that uses rubber shock absorbers to guarantee the best conditions for athlete performance.

Legacy

After the Games, Carioca Arena 1 will form part of the Olympic Training Centre (OTC), along with three other new venues: Carioca Arena 2, the Olympic Tennis Centre and Rio Olympic Velodrome. The OTC will provide top-level facilities for sports including tennis, wrestling, weightlifting, badminton, fencing, taekwondo, judo and athletics, as well as being available for the school children and social projects.

Rio 2016 venues to leave sporting, educational and social legacy

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A plan of the venue in legacy mode (Source: Rio City Government)

An Olympic-standard athletics track and two beach volleyball courts will be added, as well as a dormitory with 166 twin bedrooms for athletes, which will be built from materials used in the nearby International Broadcast Centre. This new post-Games park will also allow Rio to host major international sports events , concerts and exhibitions.

Carioca Arena 3, which during the Games will host fencing, taekwondo and Paralympic judo, will remain intact but become an Olympic Experimental School (GEO in Portuguese) after the Games, with space for 850 full-time students.

Rio mayor Eduardo Paes said: “The main thing we wanted to avoid is white elephants, so everything was planned with the future in mind.”

http://www.rio2016.com/en/news/introducing-carioca-arena-1-the-new-home-of-olympic-basketball

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Even though it's temporary, does anyone know if they're going to tile the aquatics center or would that be kind of worthless given that they're going to tear it down anyway?

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I know I've said it before - but those wide open paved spaces desperately need some green. I understand that a lot of the site will change as it moves into legacy mode, but it can't be too much to bring in some trees (or even canopies) to provide shade.


It almost reminds me of Sydney Olympic Park in its early days - quite open (although 16 years later its maturing quite well).

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I know I've said it before - but those wide open paved spaces desperately need some green. I understand that a lot of the site will change as it moves into legacy mode, but it can't be too much to bring in some trees (or even canopies) to provide shade.

It almost reminds me of Sydney Olympic Park in its early days - quite open (although 16 years later its maturing quite well).

Yes- I asked the same thing here last week.

Sydney Olympic Park had trees growing on much of the site for 3 to 4 years by Games time because of its early finish at least, and the huge figs down the boulevard was the biggest tree move in Australian history.

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Yes- I asked the same thing here last week.

Sydney Olympic Park had trees growing on much of the site for 3 to 4 years by Games time because of its early finish at least, and the huge figs down the boulevard was the biggest tree move in Australian history.

Don't give up hope! Amazing things can be done with nursery-grown trees these days, and it's quite possible that some surprisingly mature specimens will be introduced as late as a few weeks before opening day.

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22/01/2016

Rio 2016 confirms that preliminary water polo matches will be played at Maria Lenk Aquatics Centre
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The Maria Lenk will host water polo, diving and synchronised swimming (Photo: Getty Images/Buda Mendes)

The water polo tournament at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games will contested entirely in Barra Olympic Park, the main venue cluster, after organisers confirmed that the preliminary matches would take place in the Maria Lenk Aquatics Centre. The knockout phases had already been confirmed to take place in the Olympic Aquatics Stadium in the second week of the Games, after the swimming competition (6-13 August) has finished.

The preliminary water polo matches will be played between 6 and 14 August, with the knockout stages starting with the quater-finals on 15 August and ending with the men's medal matches on 20 August.

With diving (7-20 August) and synchronised swimming (14-19 August) also taking place in the Maria Lenk Aquatics Centre, four of the five aquatics disciplines will be held in Barra Olympic Park (marathon swimming is at Copacabana beach).

“With three sports at the Maria Lenk, we are optimising our financial, planning and operational resources in one place, in addition to offering the spectator a better experience, with a concentration of the aquatic sports,” said Rio 2016 excutive sport director Agberto Guimarães.

The water polo preliminary matches were orginally scheduled for the Julio De Lamare Aquatics Centre, next to the Maracanã Stadium, but it was decided to relocate them after a review of the Games projects with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) last May. After considering the Deodoro Aquatics Centre, which will host the swimming section of modern pentathlon, Rio 2016 and International Swimming Federation (FINA) agreed at the end of 2015 that the Maria Lenk was the best option.

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This is the pool that will host the early stages of the Rio 2016 Olympic water polo tournament (Photo: Getty Images/Buda Mendes)

http://www.rio2016.com/en/news/rio-2016-confirms-that-preliminary-water-polo-matches-will-be-played-at-maria-lenk-aquatics-cen

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