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So why can't Paris 2024 use London's modular basketball venue . . .


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Remenber this?

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That was London 2012's "temporary installation: for a basketball arena which they hoped could have been used elsewhere?  Why couldn't Paris 2024 have used it for its Indoor Volleyball stadium?  Wasn't that the point of London 2012 installing a temporary "basketball venue"?  Instead, Paris planned for a permanent IV venue at Le Bourget; and when it got too expensive, are moving the IV venue to Lille.  Shipping that stadium to Paris is NOT like shipping an entire stadium to Doha or to Durban.  So where are the French Olympic planning geniuses?  

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Wasn't London's basketball arena originally going to be sent to Glasgow for the CWGs? My understanding was it was simply too expensive to ship and rebuild. While it worked for London, it's still cheaper to use an existing arena and at least Lille has the rail connections with Paris. France and the rest of the EU are going to be digging out of the wreckage economically from the Covid-19 recession for years to come. They have to save money every chance they get. 

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4 hours ago, stryker said:

Wasn't London's basketball arena originally going to be sent to Glasgow for the CWGs? My understanding was it was simply too expensive to ship and rebuild. While it worked for London, it's still cheaper to use an existing arena and at least Lille has the rail connections with Paris. France and the rest of the EU are going to be digging out of the wreckage economically from the Covid-19 recession for years to come. They have to save money every chance they get. 

Covid recovery infrastructure projects of all shapes and sizes will also stimulate jobs and economic recovery coming out of the pandemic.  In the Covid light, spending money to building a permanent venue and stimulate jobs, sport and regions makes sense.  

Yes, lots of countries are going to have budgets in deficit, but it’s absolutely vital that governments do not now hold on to the purse strings tightly but instead spend big on economic recovery stimulus projects.   …. and that is what is happening in many countries, USA and Australia included.

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On 6/2/2021 at 2:17 AM, AustralianFan said:

Covid recovery infrastructure projects of all shapes and sizes will also stimulate jobs and economic recovery coming out of the pandemic.  In the Covid light, spending money to building a permanent venue and stimulate jobs, sport and regions makes sense.  

Yes, lots of countries are going to have budgets in deficit, but it’s absolutely vital that governments do not now hold on to the purse strings tightly but instead spend big on economic recovery stimulus projects.   …. and that is what is happening in many countries, USA and Australia included.

Infrastructure spending as part of Covid recovery is a start, but it has to be able to generate jobs in the private sector. If government spending can do so, it's a success. If not, it's only a short term fix. The problem in Europe is (France has just entered a double dip recession) is countries such as Italy and Spain, whose economies were already in dire straits prior to the pandemic, have had to spend so much fighting the pandemic, they are in debt that will never be able to be paid off. The debt will have to be forgiven and the EU will have to guarantee it to keep those banks holding the debt from collapsing. Australia and the USA (the USA has its own debt problems) are in much better shape and can afford to spend on those stimulus projects.

Paris has no need for another new arena. They are already building a mid-size arena that will be the new home of Paris Basketball. Beyond that, it makes no sense to build yet another new sports arena that has no clear tenant after the Olympics. The new theme is use what you have, and the stadium in Lille with its transportation connections to Paris is a far more cost-effective option that either a new arena or a temporary one. I can't imagine the IHF is too happy about it, but it's well past the time for the host cities to tell these sports federations no to these shiny new venues that have no clear tenant ready to take over. Tokyo, Pyeongchang, Athens, Beijing, and Sochi have countless examples of white elephants.

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