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Australian 2032 Olympic Bid Boosted By Successful Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games

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2 hours ago, Olympic Fan Darcy said:

 I also love the idea of the athletes village at Hamilton where countless apartment buildings are already being built. I think they should put some sporting venues there though, instead of loading up the CBD which will be a transportation nightmare. There's a lot of room in Hamilton/New Farm/Meeandah/Pinkenba for development. 

The road congestion around Hamilton in peak hours is awful - and with the river there is no where for rail or further road expansion. When Cirque du Soleil had their tent set up there it took over 60 minutes to get back to the city on a Sunday night - and their tent holds 2,800. Hamilton is so high density it'll be a nightmare.

I'd love an Aussie Olympics - but this plan is nearer to Sochi style spending than Sydney...

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Yoiks. They'd probably rather go to Melbourne in July than deal with that lot - did not realise how little existing venues Brisbane has. 

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1 hour ago, yoshi said:

Yoiks. They'd probably rather go to Melbourne in July than deal with that lot - did not realise how little existing venues Brisbane has. 

To be fair we have decent sports specific infrastructure - just very few Olympic calibre (and capacity) venues.  Rugby and cricket (and to a lesser degree tennis and Australian Rules Football) are the sports of choice here - so those few sports are well catered for venue wise. 

Brisbane is not a huge convention or cultural centre so those medium sized venues aren't really needed. Thus an Olympics will bring a lot of construction - the majority of which is un-necesary.

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Again to labour the point - this week its been announced about a $1 billion will be spent on further upgrading Melbourne (Olympic) Park percent that will enhance venues and further integrate it with Melbourne's downtown. This excludes the $225 million announced to upgrade Etihad (Docklands) Stadium (now about 20 years old) and an expected announcement to spend a few hundred million on an MCG refurb in the next few years. 

In addition to the city booming with its population expected to surpass Sydney in the next 20 years it sure is a shame the IOC is so blinkered by June/July hosting. :rolleyes: Their loss.

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The plan is to basically gut the Great Southern Stand right? Duplication of the newer stands?

Are they still planning on fixing up Rod Laver?

 

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4 hours ago, spiele said:

In addition to the city booming with its population expected to surpass Sydney in the next 20 years it sure is a shame the IOC is so blinkered by June/July hosting. :rolleyes: Their loss.

The problem is that either the IOC or its patrons would lose an enormous amount of money if they move the Olympics out of the northern hemisphere summer. It is easy to say that they shouldn't care about money, but the statement can easily be turned around and say that the host city shouldn't care about losing massive sums of money. And yet no one supports that idea and wants Brisbane to follow Montreal in taking on huge debts to host the Olympics.

Melbourne is the best potential host city in the world, but an agreement needs to be made far in advance along with the Olympic sponsors and broadcasters about how to handle the loss of revenue that would come with a Melbourne games.

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How would it cost the IOC money? Wouldn't viewing figures in the more populated northern hemisphere be higher in less-good autumn weather? Or is it that domestic sporting seasons would be on then, like the Premier League & NFL?

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1 hour ago, yoshi said:

How would it cost the IOC money? Wouldn't viewing figures in the more populated northern hemisphere be higher in less-good autumn weather? Or is it that domestic sporting seasons would be on then, like the Premier League & NFL?

The Olympics have a different viewing demographic than the Premier League and the NFL. Many committed sports fans do not care about the Olympics, while the Olympics attract viewers who normally do not care about sports such as mothers and children. The North American summer is convenient for family viewers because schools are out then.

Moreover there is indeed a scheduling conflict for sports fans. In Europe the football season takes a break in the summer, creating a void for broadcasters that is conveniently filled by the Olympics. In North America meanwhile an Olympics in March would compete with March Madness and April would be a total disaster as they would conflict with the NBA and NHL season-ending tournament while the Olympics only have to compete with the long and tedious baseball season in July and August. October would be even worse as all four North American leagues are playing then.

A spring or fall Olympics would be difficult for northern hemisphere broadcasters (and thus also sponsors and advertisers) with both casual sports viewers with families because of the school schedule and determined sports viewers because of the scheduling conflict with other sports events and leagues.

It is of course unfair that the northern hemisphere should dictate the schedule of the Olympics in the southern hemisphere. But if the IOC makes the decision to let Melbourne host outside of July or August either they or their corporate patrons will lose a lot of money.

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