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As some of you wanted to know more about the San Juan 2004 bid - here is the entire "evaluation report" (obviously precandidature) section for their bid.  Quite interesting.  Note the dates suggested for the Games - 13 days!!

SAN JUAN 2004

The candidature enjoys a high degree of public support which is confirmed by different city polls and surveys varying form 80% to 94% even though a considerable number of these supporters express some economic and social reservations.  The City and sports authorities fully support the candidature.

Puerto Rico is a Commonwealth of the USA.  The NOC of Puerto Rico is recognised by the IOC.  Puerto Rico enjoys a certain autonomy over its internal affairs.  Its external affairs, defence, federal security forces, immigration, custom regulations, currency and other matters are governed by the laws of the USA.  Therefore the candidature, according to the requirements of the Olympic Charter and in particular the Host City Contract, needs various guarantees from the relevant US authorities.  Of these, the guarantee from the US President only addresses the respect of the Olympic Charter and access to the host city of all accredited persons.

In the areas where Puerto Rico is legally autonomous, it is planned to establish a “San Juan 2004 Olympic Act’ which would partly facilitate the organisation from a legal point of view.

The recently re-elected Governor of Puerto Rico will call another referendum in 1998 regarding the status of Puerto Rico with the aim of fully joining the USA as its 51st state.  Should this referendum be successful, the decision would need acceptance by the US Congress based on further negotiation on the details of this transition.  Therefore the implication on Olympic matters cannot be evaluated at this time.

The sports concept is spread out with 33 competition sites ant 24 different locations.  Twenty-two of the sites would be within 35 minutes of the Olympic Village and the remaining 11 approximately 60 to 90 minutes.  There would be a central Olympic Village in the city with accommodation possibilities for all athletes, with a sub-village for rowing and canoeing if required, and a day-village for yachting athletes.

During the Commission’s visit, changes and improvements were offered without changing the overall concept in equestrian, rowing and canoeing and certain other areas such as accommodation, transportation and the Olympic programme.  However, further study is still required in these areas.

The 70,000 seat Olympic Stadium would be constructed 10 minutes form the Olympic Village.  After the Games the capacity would be reduced to 30,000 and the stadium used for Baseball.

The plans for the refurbishment of an existing equestrian venue are in the preliminary stage.  Further consideration will have to be given to the magnitude of the reconstruction and its environmental impact.

Two facilities for basketball, 10 minutes and 65 minutes respectively from the Olympic Village, are already under construction.  The venues would provide good conditions for athletes, media and spectators with a capacity of 18,000 and 9,000 respectively.  The primary venue provides excellent access for spectators as it is located in the centre of the city and will also host the handball finals.

Artistic and rhythmic gymnastics are planned in a 15,000 seat coliseum, 25 minutes from the Olympic Village.  The substantial upgrading of this facility, while somewhat complicated due to limited space, will leave an important legacy after the Games.  San Juan recently hosted the World Qualifier event for Atlanta.

As baseball is the most popular sport in Puerto Rico, athletes in this sport will enjoy very favourable competition conditions in two existing baseball stadiums seating 15,000 and 9,000 respectively.  Good training fields are also available near the Olympic Village.

Taekwondo and badminton would share a facility seating 6,300, 25 minutes from the Olympic Village.  Athletes in both sports would benefit from the numerous training halls situated within the Olympic Village.

The football competitions will take place in 4 stadiums, 2 to be built and 2 currently used for baseball.  This solution poses a major challenge due to the technical difficulties created by the conversion of the existing stadiums from baseball to football.  Further detailed planning is required to ensure that the technical requirements are met in the new stadiums.  The candidature indicated, that due to scheduling problems, it is considering moving the finals from the proposed Olympic Stadium to one of the other stadiums mentioned above.

Yachting would be held at an excellent venue offering reliable, medium to strong winds.  Situated approximately 60 minutes form the Olympic Village, the venue is easily accessed by good highways and day facilities will be made available to athletes.  Match races could be held within view of the marina and nearby hills that surround the bay, offering good spectator opportunities.

The main Olympic Village will be located 8 minutes from the city centre.  It is part of an urban renewal project and its 21 buildings will be mostly 4 – 7 storeys high, although two 15 storey buildings may be used.  The existing plans, which offer air-conditioned rooms for athletes and non-polluting vehicles, could be improved by utilising the experience of athletes and sports officials.  Certain aspects, such as the restaurant located outside the residential zone and inadequate transport pick up space outside the main village entrance, should be reconsidered.

There are stringent US planning and environmental protection regulations and standards in force, and in some areas Puerto Rican laws are even more stringent.  A joint government-private sector greening programme is envisioned, focussing on tree-planting.  The environmental programme of the candidature focuses on awareness campaigns and measures to minimise impact.  While the candidature has good access to public and private sector expertise and resources, much of this potential has yet to be utilised.  NGO’s, while they are not opposed to the bid, maintain certain reservations.  Environmental impact studies are available for the urban train system and the Olympic Stadium.  The total impact on the environment is difficult to assess due to the lack of accurate information.  Further studies would be required.

According to available statistics, during the proposed period of the Games from the 15th to 27th August, there is a possibility of some days with high temperatures (approximately 34oC) combined with high humidity (70%).

The Olympic Family and sponsors will be housed in the 5,585 existing and 1,288 planned 4-5 star hotel rooms.  Overall, 40 projects are planned for the next 5 years, with an investment of US$735.4 million, twelve of which are currently under construction and a further 18 have been approved for construction.  The 15,000 media personnel will be totally housed in 3, 4 and 5 star quality rooms on cruise ships.  The judges and referees will be housed in 1,440 rooms in the expanded residential facilities of the University.  Out of necessity, the accommodation plan of San Juan is creative and uses a quantity of alternative accommodation.

San Juan has a good transportation infrastructure for its current needs but will need to make many major improvements to cope with an Olympic Games.  Significant improvements consisting of an airport expansion, heavy rail system, a light rail connection, new roads and improved motorways and access roads are underway or proposed and, if completed, should provide an adequate transport system.

Both MPC and IBC will be located in a new convention and exhibition centre which is to be built approximately 10 minutes from the Olympic Stadium, and within walking distance from the media village.  Facilities will cover a space of 100,000m2.  For the IBC basic floor space rental cost is US$700 per m2.  A dedicated transportation system, including a car pool, will be provided to transport media from the main media centre to and from various venues.  A project to provide transportation between venues in under consideration.

The candidature offers a very good concept for the cultural programme.  The torch relay will offer innovative technological elements using the torch to transmit a frequency that will simultaneously light torches on five continents.  Furthermore, an exhibition of pieces of art created by athlete artists, which has already started on the occasion of the Centennial Games, combines artistic and athletic talents.

The pre-financing of OCOG would be significantly facilitated through the co-operation of the Government Development Bank for Puerto Rico which will assist in obtaining a US$300 million bank credit line.

On the revenue side of the OCOG budget, the figures for local sponsorship and official suppliers (US$275 million) will only be achievable if the US market is properly exploited.

The figure of US$188 million included in the OCOG budget for the construction of the Olympic Stadium seems to be reasonable.  However, other figures such as US$11.75 million for the Ciudad Deportiva Roberto Clemente football venue and US$9.5 million for the Parque Equestre equestrian venue appear to be on the low side.

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Very interesting puppy...thanks.

San Juan has a good transportation infrastructure for its current needs but will need to make many major improvements to cope with an Olympic Games.  Significant improvements consisting of an airport expansion, heavy rail system, a light rail connection, new roads and improved motorways and access roads are underway or proposed and, if completed, should provide an adequate transport system.

This assessment goes to prove my point the Athens budget thread re the nature of big projects that an Olympic bidding city or host must take on to satisfactorily mount a games. The IOC expressly points out that infrastructure needs to be improved for an Olympics to take place (in this case, in San Juan), and there is an explicit link between government funding and maintenance of these projects and the expectations of the IOC.

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This is great information; I was wondering exactly how a bid from San Juan would get support from the mainland United States, and apparently it was still quite unclear.

Is this part of some larger document concerning all of the pre-candidates?  I would like to see what the lower-profile European cities had planned....and I assume that Rio's bid was something like the 2007/2012?

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It is my believe that San Juan could be an excellent host to the Olympic Games, i mean the city had hosted the PanAm Games, the Central And Carribeann Games ( by the way Ponce also hosted and Mayaguez will host in 2010), Gymnastics World Championships and many more sports events. Wouln't the Olympics be the next step???

Yes it might be a little different but having the Olympics come the Carribeann and have such a historical city like San Juan like host would be something the world would never forget.

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i looked at the San Juan 2004 Bid Book at the bid library and it looked like they were going to place the Olympic Stadium on the current site of the Hiram Bithorn Stadium. Had San Juan hosted an Olympic Games, capacity would at first be 65,000 and then be reduced to 35,000 afterwards, but I would not use the Olympic Stadium for Baseball, out of respect for Atlanta. Also, the Olympic Stadium should have been placed in a different site in San Juan.

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i looked at the San Juan 2004 Bid Book at the bid library and it looked like they were going to place the Olympic Stadium on the current site of the Hiram Bithorn Stadium. Had San Juan hosted an Olympic Games, capacity would at first be 65,000 and then be reduced to 35,000 afterwards, but I would not use the Olympic Stadium for Baseball, out of respect for Atlanta. Also, the Olympic Stadium should have been placed in a different site in San Juan.

Gosh, doncha think at this time, the WHOLE subject is moot? :blink:

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^^I am trying to do research on Olympic Bids, that is what the bid library is for. I don't care what's "moot" and what is not, we can learn from the mistakes of the candidate cities that failed in their bids to host the Olympic Games.

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