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ryno4ever Apr 14th 2007 11:06 pm

Chicago wins the US Olympic Bid!
 
The 2016 Olympics may be held in Chicago! Chicago beat out LA today in the US Olympic bid...from here, they need to compete against many international cities in order to host the games. How exciting it would be to have the Olympics so close to home!

VanMan Apr 15th 2007 2:05 pm

Among the cities Chicago has to beat out are Rio de Jinero, Tokyo, Madrid, Prague, Rome and Doha, Qatar.

taz57 Apr 16th 2007 4:00 am

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Originally Posted by VanMan (Post 16059)
Among the cities Chicago has to beat out are Rio de Jinero, Tokyo, Madrid, Prague, Rome and Doha, Qatar.

It's a long way away, but I believe that Chicago has a good shot at getting the bid. 2012 Summer will be held in London, and three of the 2016 recipiants for the 2016 games are from Europe. I think that it will be between the United States and Japan.

bringbacktuffy Apr 16th 2007 3:18 pm

I think Chicago has a pretty good shot at it Tokyo Madrid and Prague I think are the front runners with us. Rio is hosting the World Cup in '14 plus their high crime and poverty rate will make it tough for them, Doha is in the middle east. THey have the finances to build whatever facilities they ned but given the world situation im not sure they will be jazzed about that. All the European cities are at a disadvantage since Europe will have hosted not sure how many times by then (London '12) Tokyo might get it.

VanMan Apr 16th 2007 7:17 pm

I don't think Tokyo will get it. Beijing will host the games next year, so Asia would be down a spot or two in the IOC's list, plus I don't think NBC would like to see another Olympics that is 15 hours ahead of New York. Since there haven't been any Olympics in South America, the front runner next to Chicago has to be Rio. Rio is in the same time zone as New York, maybe an hour ahead, and Chicago's only an hour behind, while Europe is six hours behind New York. NBC has quite a bit of clout with the IOC, so expect the games to be somewhere on this side of the Atlantic.

dundeecub Apr 17th 2007 9:17 am

To be honest Van, the market for the olympics is still bigger in Europe, and potentially much bigger in Asia (and we all know the IOC want to get in there, and may want to follow up on the Beijing games while people in the Far East still have the bug). Doha is an interesting shout, as you say they could spend vast amounts on it and the corporations would love it, as for 'middle eastern concerns' I'm not sure Qatar will be a problem, but whose to say in 9 years (ditto Rio, Brazil could pull off the world cup with aplomb - though i doubt it). I would certainly say Chicago has to be a favourite though.

But I'm not sure if you really ought to want it, it's a fun event for a summer and brings a load of money in but not as much as would have to be spent and the legacy looks pretty negligible.

"Chicago's Olympic Stadium, designed and built specifically for the 2016 Olympic Games, will rest in 100 acres of historic parkland in the Washington Park neighborhood. The stadium will host the opening and closing ceremonies, as well as the athletics competition. This facility represents both innovative and responsible construction; with the ability to accommodate crowds of 80,000 for the Games, and then being reduced to a community-friendly, 5,000 seat amphitheatre post-Games" (bid website)

If you look at the last (2012) bids, London surprisingly beat out Paris. Why? Because the Parisian officials realised that the olympics would be a huge and unnecessary burden, and got some of their 'lock' votes to switch in the last round, thus throwing the games to London. Personally, I'm furious (as are, literally, millions of Brits) about us 'winning' this, I'm damned if I want to be taxed .1p in the pound for a decade on an event that won't benefit me in the slightest and that no-one asked me about. Scotland might not even be part of Britain when 2012 comes but you can bet we'll still be paying for it.

Rant over - dc

bringbacktuffy Apr 17th 2007 12:04 pm

Here's a hypothetical for you- say we do get the Olympics and Chicago does build that stadium, and with the Cubs being sold, could they use tat stadium to replace Wrigley (god forbid, just playing devil's advocate) after the sale of the team and such?

dundeecub Apr 17th 2007 1:23 pm

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Originally Posted by bringbacktuffy (Post 16326)
Here's a hypothetical for you- say we do get the Olympics and Chicago does build that stadium, and with the Cubs being sold, could they use tat stadium to replace Wrigley (god forbid, just playing devil's advocate) after the sale of the team and such?

There will probably be lengthy discussions about it. London got the bid ages ago but still hasnt decided what will happen to the stadium, if a soccer team will get it or if it will be solely for athletics. So, until the stadium is built, don't count on anything other than the Sox, Bears and Fire certainly won't move in...


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