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Only olympic host stadiums should have the right to be called "Olympic Stadium" 35 77.78%
It doesn't matter, all stadiums in the world could be called "Olyumpic Stadium" 10 22.22%
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Old July 24th, 2012, 12:16 AM   #1
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Olympic Stadiums

Some stadiums around the world are called "Olympic Stadium" though they have never seen and will never see an olympic cauldron nor an olympic ceremony.

My opinion is the IOC should protect the designation "Olympic Stadium" for the main stadium of Olympic Games. It should be a special honour for a stadium to be an "Olympic Stadium"

What do you think?
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Old July 24th, 2012, 06:34 AM   #2
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you only get the name if you have hosted an olympic games.
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Old July 24th, 2012, 06:43 AM   #3
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IMO Restriction for Olympic naming rights isn't necessary, since not all Olympics main stadium use "Olympic" calling.
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Old July 24th, 2012, 07:44 AM   #4
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IMO Restriction for Olympic naming rights isn't necessary, since not all Olympics main stadium use "Olympic" calling.
This doesn't make sense. The MCG, The LA Coliseum, Turner Field, ANZ Stadium etc are Olympic stadiums regardless if there administrators feel the need to include an Olypmic reference in their title.
Just because they don't doesn't mean that any stadium of varying pedigree should.
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Old July 24th, 2012, 09:22 AM   #5
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At first thought I mostly agreed, but at second thought I believe protecting that name probably doesn't necessarily legally work and wouldn't make that much sense much sense.

After all the name Olympia or olympic doesn't only stand for the Olympic games exclusively:
As everyone knows Olympia is a city in Greece, there is also the mount Olympus, the olympian gods, there are the Olympic airlines, the ship RMS Olympic, theaters like the Olympia Theatre in Dublin or the Liverpool Olympia, an egyptian soccer club El-Olympi .... and so on... there is even an Oyster named Olympia.

So an attempt to restrict the name olympic only to things connected to the official Olympic Games wouldn't really make that much sense and probably wouldn't really work that well either, since the origin of the name dates back far to long into ancient mythology, the Olympic Games are certainly not the origin for the name olympic.

So all in all I must ask:
If all these examples are named after Olympia without being in any way connected to the games, then why should any athletics stadium not be allowed to be named after Olympia as well and just as legitimately as the Olympic Games themselves?
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Old July 24th, 2012, 10:24 AM   #6
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What if it houses the NOC HQ of a country? What if it's in Greece? What if it's in a city which aspires to become an Olympic city some day?

It's just a name. By this logic, Olympic Airlines should change it's name because it has nothing to do with the Olympics other than being Greek and being the carrier for the Athens 2004 Olympics.
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Old July 24th, 2012, 12:02 PM   #7
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"Olympic stadium" should be a brand-name only for stadiums which hosted Olympic Games. Other stadiums can use names as "Olympia", if they want just to honor the ancient Olympia site in Greece.

Olympus mountain has nothing to do with Olympia village, apart from both being in Greece. Totally different names. As for Olympic airlines, I don't see why they shoudn t use this name.
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Old July 24th, 2012, 12:13 PM   #8
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Olympia stadium just doesn't sound right in English (I know it works as Olympiastadion in German and such, but not in English).

Not to mention, translation would bring it back to Olympic Stadium in English, or Stade Olympique in French, or the local language.
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Old July 24th, 2012, 12:18 PM   #9
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True, but IOC should do something to protect the stadiums which hosted Olympics as special places of athletism and world heritage. I cannot imagine every single low budget stadium everywhere to share this name... maybe it could be better to allow to adopt the name "olympiako stadio (ΟΛΥΜΠΙΑΚΟ ΣΤΑΔΙΟ)" in greek for the stadiums which really hosted the games.
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Old July 24th, 2012, 12:19 PM   #10
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What stadiums out there have the name "Olympic" that never hosted?
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Old July 24th, 2012, 12:26 PM   #11
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What stadiums out there have the name "Olympic" that never hosted?
In Russia or other former Soviet Union states you'll find plenty of athletic stadia named olympic stadium. To me it seems like there the name asset olympic is more or less simply just meant to point out that it's an athletic stadium and not a soccer specific one.
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Old July 24th, 2012, 01:59 PM   #12
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Baku wants to build a stadium named "Olympic Stadium",
Istanbul's Atatürk Olimpiyat Stadyumu is 11 years old.
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Old July 24th, 2012, 02:48 PM   #13
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Baku wants to build a stadium named "Olympic Stadium",
Istanbul's Atatürk Olimpiyat Stadyumu is 11 years old.
But there as well as in Kiev or other places with Olympic stadia that never hosted any Olympic Games, noone would ever associate the name Olympic Stadium with the strict idea of it having to be a host stadium for Olympic games, the way people in many western countries like England or Germany would, where Olympic Stadia are strictly only named that way when they are host stadia for the Olympic Games.

So a confusion only then occurs, when the names are being translated or heard in those countries, where they're strictly associated to hosting the games.

So for an exclusive term or a protected namebrand one would probably have to look for something rather absurd like "Olympic Games Host Stadium", instead of just using the name "Olympic Stadium" which is very common for athletic stadia in numerous countries and thus sort of allready occupied with the meaning of it just being an athletic stadium.
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Old July 24th, 2012, 03:34 PM   #14
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Only main game venues should be called Olympic etc. If a country has a big athletic stadium that hasn't hosted the games yet it should have the prefix Athletic, not Olympic. Atatürk Athletic stadium etc
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Old July 24th, 2012, 04:16 PM   #15
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What stadiums out there have the name "Olympic" that never hosted?
Check out http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olympic...isambiguation) - there seem to be plenty of impostors listed there...
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Old July 24th, 2012, 06:07 PM   #16
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But there as well as in Kiev or other places with Olympic stadia that never hosted any Olympic Games,
It did. It hosted football games during the 1980 Olympics, including a quarterfinal.
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Old July 24th, 2012, 11:12 PM   #17
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It is odd, given how protective the IOC are of their brand (and they are very protective, each host city has to pass laws ensuring only sponsors, the IOC and the organising committee can use specific terms e.g. "Olympic", "London 2012", "Olympiad", "Gold medal" etc. etc.). You'd think they'd be more strict on any old stadium then taking the name "Olympic" given that it is their trademark. It's like you put bolts and security devices on all your doors and then leave the window open when you go out.
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Old July 25th, 2012, 01:41 AM   #18
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IOC can only trademark the term olympic only if it is followed by the date, 2012, 2008, 2004 etc. The word by itself cannot be trademarked just like the names for mountains and regions can't be trademarked, or it is up to the country they belong, in this case Greece.
My suggestion above can only be enforced as a gentlemen's rule and not officially.
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Old July 25th, 2012, 02:09 AM   #19
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IOC can only trademark the term olympic only if it is followed by the date, 2012, 2008, 2004 etc. The word by itself cannot be trademarked just like the names for mountains and regions can't be trademarked, or it is up to the country they belong, in this case Greece.
My suggestion above can only be enforced as a gentlemen's rule and not officially.
They forced the Gay Games to remove the word "olympics" from the original name.

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Event organizers were sued by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) under the U.S. Amateur Sports Act of 1978, which gave the USOC exclusive rights to the word Olympic in the United States. Defendants of the lawsuit contended that the law was capriciously applied and that if the Nebraska Rat Olympics and the Police Olympics were not similarly prohibited, the Gay Olympics should not be either.

Some, like Jeff Sheehy, coauthor of San Francisco's domestic partner legislation and former president of the Harvey Milk Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Democratic Club, believed homophobia to be a motivation behind the lawsuit. They cited the authorized use of the word "Olympics" by the Special Olympics and other organizations as evidence of this homophobia.

Others, like Daniel Bell, cite the IOC's long history of protecting the Olympics brand as evidence that the lawsuit against the "Gay Olympics" was not motivated by discrimination against gays. Since 1910 the IOC has taken action, including lawsuits and expulsion from the IOC, to stop other organizations from using the word "Olympics."[8] The Supreme Court ruled for the USOC in San Francisco Arts & Athletics, Inc. v. United States Olympic Committee.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gay_Olympics
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Old July 25th, 2012, 02:22 AM   #20
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They did it with the "Redneck Olympics" too. They were recently involved in a kerfuffle with a site called Ravelry about it, and Ravelry didn't even use the full word.
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