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[quote][i]Originally posted by NY NEWSDAY[/i]@ 05/14/04
[SIZE=3][b]City gets to ring Olympic bell[/b][/SIZE]
[b]As world’s media convenes in New York, planners for 2012 bid can provide them with all the right stuff[/b]
BY JOHN JEANSONNE
May 14, 2004
All ears for the latest news on Athens, journalists gathering in Manhattan today for a four-day Olympic media summit first will hear from officials shaping plans to stage the 2012 Games in New York City.
The timing is handy for all concerned. A Tuesday announcement at the International Olympic Committee's Lausanne, Switzerland, headquarters is expected to trim the list of nine contenders for the 2012 Olympics roughly in half, with New York a lock to remain in the running. That coincides nicely with the presence of more than 600 reporters, broadcasters, photographers and publicists -- from national and international outlets -- in Big Town to meet with scores of U.S. athletes likely to compete this summer in Greece.
"This is a unique and positive opportunity for us to acquaint a huge group of influential media with our bid," said Mike Moran, spokesman for NYC2012, the private group handling the city's Olympic proposal. Deputy mayor Dan Doctoroff, founder of NYC2012, will make a presentation with Mayor Michael Bloomberg (and possibly Gov. George Pataki). Plus, NYC2012 sports director Wendy Hilliard will provide current Olympians with the 2012 New York details, just in case the subject comes up during the summit's thousands of athlete interviews.
New York's "Olympic X" blueprint, created by urban planner Alex Garvin, already has been around for eight years, and NYC2012 is eager to argue its chances before the July 6, 2005, IOC vote that will award the 2012 Games. Countdown clocks on NYC2012 desks, at One Liberty Plaza across from Ground Zero, today show that 417 days remain until that IOC decision.
The "X" emphasizes public transportation -- trains and high-speed ferries -- and has at its heart two key locations, a 4,400-unit athletes village foreseen on the Queens side of the East River and a West Side stadium to be built in partnership with the Jets as part of a Jacob Javits Convention Center expansion.
Though early versions of the bid included a backup plan with a main stadium in Flushing, and despite some rumbling from West Side neighborhood groups and a few others opposing a stadium there, NYC2012 executive director Jay Kriegel said last week: "There is no backup plan. We're doing that [West Side] stadium."
[color=green][b]He said consideration of a "number of backup sites," including three in Queens, have been dismissed by NYC2012 because it is the Jets' interest in the West Side location -- "and not anyplace else" -- that "answers our question on how to finance the stadium." The Jets have committed $800 million to the project and, without them, "you would be left with an empty stadium that would have to be ripped down" after the Olympics, Kriegel said. "And white elephants are exactly what the IOC doesn't want."[/b][/color]
So the idea is to have a shovel in the ground on the entire Hudson Yards project, encompassing the Javits addition, the proposed stadium over the LIRR rail yards and the extension of the No. 7 subway, by the time the IOC votes next summer.
On May 27, an NYC2012 panel will declare the winner of an architectural design competition for the athletes' village. In June, a 1,000-page environmental impact study on the West Side project is due from the city. Doctoroff will attend Tuesday's IOC announcement in Lausanne, along with representives of the other eight candidate cities: London, Paris, Madrid, Moscow, Rio de Janeiro, Havana, Istanbul and Leipzig, Germany. Survivors must submit an updated bid plan to the IOC in November.
For NYC2012, already battle tested in a two-year, eight-city competition that won it the U.S. Olympic Committee's designation as the American candidate on Nov. 2, 2002, refinements will include the possibility of some venue shifts.
For instance, the intention of developer Bruce Ratner, new owner of the basketball Nets, to construct an arena in downtown Brooklyn could mean placing Olympic gymnastics competition there. In the current bid plan, gymnastics is scheduled for Madison Square Garden, which doesn't meet Olympic standards for warm-up space. Also, the presence of a new Brooklyn arena could preclude the need for NYC2012 to follow through with a planned 12,000-seat indoor volleyball site on Coney Island.
Between its domestic victory in late 2002 and its showdown vote in 2005, NYC2012 will spend $35 million just to finance its bid -- Kriegel said $31 million already has been raised, all privately -- and still the bulk of advisory work is being provided free of charge.
"We have 30 law firms advising us," Kriegel said. "Construction and engineering firms, accounting firms, real estate firms. We have hospital networks, hotel networks, all the unions involved."
Though NYC2012's full-time staff is fewer than 50 people, there are outside technical advisers -- for venue design, communications, ticketing, technology, etc. -- many with past Olympic experience, whose expertise goes into the completed 600-page bid book. Not only must competition and training sites be identified for use during the Games, but also additional facilities that could be offered to foreign athletes arriving in New York weeks before the competition to acclimate themselves.
In reality, the 2012 race won't come onto the IOC radar screen until the completion of this summer's Games in Athens. (Already set in future Winter/Summer cycles are Turin in 2006, Beijing in 2008 and Vancouver in 2010.) But NYC2012 can start spreading the news to the assembled Olympic media today. [/b][/quote]
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[quote][i]Originally posted by NY NEWSDAY[/i]@ 05/14/04
[b][color=green][b]"you would be left with an empty stadium that would have to be ripped down" after the Olympics, Kriegel said.[/b][/color][/b][/quote]is he saying [b]no one[/b] would find a use for a stadium in queens? could an intelligent person actually make that statement?
[quote][i]Originally posted by isired+May 14 2004, 02:07 PM--></span><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>[b]QUOTE[/b] (isired @ May 14 2004, 02:07 PM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> <!--QuoteBegin--NY NEWSDAY[/i]@ 05/14/04
[b][color=green][b]"you would be left with an empty stadium that would have to be ripped down" after the Olympics, Kriegel said.[/b][/color][/b][/quote]is he saying [b]no one[/b] would find a use for a stadium in queens? could an intelligent person actually make that statement? [/b][/quote]
[color=green][b]His asumption is based on the fact that it could only be used as a concert venue in the off season (Football). Though St. Johns could use the stadium for Basketball games. The very size of a domed stadium would not be as attractive as say a venue in Brooklyn.
A Manhattan location could be used for conventions, Auto/Boat/House shows...[/b][/color]
[quote][i]Originally posted by dickkotite[/i]@May 14 2004, 08:03 PM
[b] baumer arent u the fellow who swore the city would set aside 4 blocks for tailgating if they build a nyc stadium? [/b][/quote]
[color=green][b]No, That was Badness. You know, the guy who was on "THE BEST SPORTS SHOW EVER" on FoxSports.net.
I'm the guy who KNOWS that the CITY will NEVER put in a PARKING FACILITY for tailgating, let alone for PARKING![/b][/color]
At the 9 Avenue Food festival today there were demonstrations for both sides of the issue. If anyone's interested, I picked up a flyer touting this website: [url=http://www.westsidestadium.org]http://www.westsidestadium.org[/url]