stryker Posted September 29, 2017 Report Share Posted September 29, 2017 Eric Garcetti had IMO the most noteworthy quote after L.A. was officially awarded the 2028 SOGs: Make the Olympics fit your city, not the city fitting the Olympics. The ideas have been discussed ad nauseam when it comes to venues but I'm going to take a shot at what is perhaps the most problematic SOG venue that often sidelines otherwise viable prospective candidate cities like New York, Chicago, and Boston: the troubled Olympic Stadium. In the case of Los Angeles and Paris, both had stadiums ready to go, but for others, it's a hindrance. If you don't have a tenant prepared to take over the stadium after the SOGs you're left with a white elephant. The much talked about temporary stadium has been a disaster though London eventually founda permanent tenant but others such as Incheon's stadium for the Asian Games was a failure in that it was never scaled down capacity wise afterwards. Other proposals have been downright ridiculous (Hamburg's proposal to turn their Olympic Stadium into housing would've cost more in renovations than the actual construction cost to build the stadium in the first place) So what's the solution? IMO, the IOC and the IAAF need to pay close heed to Eugene's hosting of the 2021 IAAF World Championships where the track stadium in Eugene will be expanded to 30,000 (possibly 40,000) and Birmingham's CWG proposal that expands Alexandria Stadium to 50,000 including 25,000 temporary seats. If this is acceptable for the IAAF, then it ought to be acceptable for an Olympics. Insisting on a 60,000-80,000 capacity stadium for athletics isn't going to increase the number of bidding cities. Accepting a smaller athletics stadium, with a larger football stadium hosting the ceremonies, is more economical and affordable. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
Join the conversation
You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.