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Old August 10th, 2010, 01:17 PM   #1841
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That's something, I forgot about the o2 arena... now, London has the two ugliest basketball venues in the world. Also, Raptors vs. Nets? Thanks Mr Stern, your generosity knows no bounds. Might as well just wait for the olympics.
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I disagree about the 02 being ugly, and I think the 2012 Basketball Arena, although temporary, will be fantastic while we have it by night.
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what does the post say LONDON OLYMPIC VILLAGE DEVELOPMENT NEWS.If you wanna talk about the logo sod off somewhere else.
Read yesterday in some construction magazine that over 500 architects have registered designs for it with still 3 more weeks left to go!
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That's something, I forgot about the o2 arena... now, London has the two ugliest basketball venues in the world. Also, Raptors vs. Nets? Thanks Mr Stern, your generosity knows no bounds. Might as well just wait for the olympics.
How many basketball venues have you seen? 3?
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I have seen your message, it's great.
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From the Canadian press:

London landmarks for 2012 Games

The guts of the 2012 Olympics will take place at the sprawling Olympic park currently rising of the squalor that once was one of the most run-down areas of East London.

The glory will come from the legendary landmarks throughout the historic city, iconic images to beam out to the world as the Games travel to the United Kingdom for the first time in more than six decades.

Two years from now, London’s Summer Olympics will have just wrapped up, ending what will be an ambitious and expensive effort for the bustling metropolitan area of more than 13 million people.

From tennis finals at Wimbledon, to archery at the storied Lord’s Cricket Ground, to a marathon course winding past Buckingham Palace and many of the city’s historic sites, it promises to be a spectacular show.

Best yet, two years out organizers believe they are in a strong position to live up to their promises.

“Overall, we are in great shape,” said Lord Sebastien Coe, the two-time Olympic gold medallist in the 1,500 metres and now the chairman of the London organizing committee. “We have raised record sums of money in probably one of the most difficult economic climates there could possibly have been.”

Indeed, organizers are enthusiastically trumpeting their projections that the 9.3 billion pound ($15.2 billion) Olympic project is both on schedule and on budget.

Granted, original financial estimates almost tripled shortly after London was awarded the Games in 2005, beating out Paris and New York, among others. And once the budget was set, the global economy went into the loo, ensuring that finances would match logistics among the massive challenges to creating a successful Games in a city so old, complex and densely populated.

Though London will be the first city to play host to a Summer Games for a third time, it has been a while and the first time the city truly won a bid to do so.

The Olympics were first held here in 1908 as an emergency replacement for Rome, which had to bow out because of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 1906.

In 1948, London received the Games again, essentially as an act of good faith after losing the event in 1944 which had been cancelled because of World War II. The latter was the first Olympics to have any live television exposure, just one example of how the world and city will have vastly changed this time ‘round.

Transportation and security have the potential to be enormous headaches in a city where no significant new roads can be built and terrorism is an ongoing threat.

As well, any modern Games needs a concentrated area of facilities, difficult to construct in a city where wide expanses of available real estate disappeared decades ago. The solution was to seize a part of the city in desperate need of a facelift, which brings us to London’s Olympic Park, currently going up at a torrid pace.

A recent tour showed progress well ahead of schedule with more than 8,000 workers on site this day. In the promotional language of London organizers, it is the biggest build in the shortest period of time in British history.

The 80,000-seat Olympic Stadium already has 2,000 seats fitted and the basic structure in place. The aquatics centre has a roof, as does the cycling velodrome and all other major buildings. All this on a site that less than three years ago was an eyesore industrial wasteland rotting on contaminated soil.

“Construction is on time and it’s on budget, how often do you get to say that about builders?” Paul Deighton, the CEO of the London organizing committee (LOCOG), said at the recent World Press Briefing in London. “We’re two thirds done. It has transformed this part of London and it’s going to be a terrific destination.”

Helped by the optics of tangible progress in the great build, all signs point to it being just that. With Coe in charge, London 2012 has a very public face that resonates with what often can be a skeptical population and savage tabloid press.

“We have to put on a so show so we can (offer) a great experience with the sights and all the city has to offer,” said Deighton, who soon will oversee the initial phase of selling some eight million tickets.

Different Olympic cities accentuate their show in different ways, usually through key positioning of television cameras of various global TV rightsholders. In 2004, images of the Acropolis provided a stunning backdrop. In Beijing, it was the brilliant architecture of the Bird’s Nest Stadium and Water Cube aquatics facility, in Vancouver, the picturesque waterfront.

With other venues spread out around the city, London will sell itself away from the Olympic Park as well. A massive Shakespeare festival is planned during the Games while street parties and huge outdoor screens in public areas will allow locals and tourists unlucky enough to get tickets keep up on the action.

Two years may seem like an eternity, but with no Winter Games or World Cup in the interim, London is up next.

“The (goal),” says Coe, “is to have a memorable Games in the eyes of millions of people around the world.”

A SECOND HOME FOR CANADIANS

The tether to the British monarchy may be gradually loosening with time, but there’s no doubt that London 2012 will feel like an over ‘ome Games for many Canadians.

The Queen and the United Kingdom still resonate throughout the Commonwealth, ensuring that these Olympics will have a special appeal both for those watching in Canada and the athletes competing under the Maple Leaf.

“For Canadians going to London, in many ways it will be like going home,” said Vancouver Olympic organizing committee chairman John Furlong, who now heads up Canada’s Own The Podium program. “The culture, obviously, is very much like ours so it will be one of the easier countries for Canada to compete in.

“We have friends in London.”

London has plenty of acquaintances in Canada, as well.

As with most venues to inherit the Olympic flame, London organizers were close observers in Vancouver and Whistler. In particular, they took note of the closing of streets in downtown Vancouver as well as security and media operations.

In the transition, Furlong says several key figures in the VANOC operation have been employed by its London equivalent, LOCOG (The London Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games.)

MASCOTS A TRIBUTE TO BRITAIN

The ancient Olympics have their roots in Greece, but Brits aren’t shy about shouting out their role in the creation of the modern version.

Though the founding of the Games as we know them are widely attributed to Frenchman Pierre de Coubertin, he was said to be heavily influenced by a visit to the Much Wenlock Games in Shropshire, to the west of London.

Those Games, organized by Dr. William Penny Brookes, featured a mix of track and field events as well as local sports with the added flair of flag-bearers and other ceremonies so much a part of what we see these days at the Olympics.

Throughout his time helping create and grow the modern Olympic movement, De Coubertin was diligent to point out the role the quaint English event had in the evolution.

“If the Olympics exist today,” De Coubertin said later in his life, “the praise should go not to a Greek, but to Dr. Brookes of Wenlock.”

That heritage will be a theme trumpeted in the buildup to 2012 - in fact one of the official mascots for the London Games has been christened Wenlock.

The other mascot - Mandeville - is a tribute to Britain’s role in laying the early groundwork for the Paralympics. The UK was the unofficial founder of the movement in 1948 when a competition was held between World War II soldiers recovering from spinal chord injuries at Stoke-Mandeville Hospital.

“I speak with some emotion here ... one of the things we are very proud about in the United Kingdom is that the Paralympic Games were born in this country in 1948,’” said Sebastian Coe, the London 2012 chairman. “It has grown from that in an extraordinary way.”

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Old August 18th, 2010, 12:27 PM   #1847
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London 2012 Olympic Games stadium bidding begins

The stadium's capacity is set to be reduced after the Games The formal bidding process to take over the Olympic Stadium after the London 2012 games has begun.

The Olympic Park Legacy Company (OPLC), which is overseeing the process, said there were more than 100 companies interested in the east London arena.

Any organisations wishing to take over the Stratford site now have six weeks to make their formal bid.

West Ham Football Club and AEG, which runs the O2 Arena, are both in the running, the BBC understands.

The OPLC has said the winning bidder must retain the stadium as a "distinctive physical symbol" and support the regeneration of the area.

Once the bidding period ends on 30 September, the OPLC will select a shortlist.

Margaret Ford, chairwoman of the OPLC, said: "The stadium is at the heart of the Olympic Park and securing the solution is crucial to our long-term aspirations for the area.

"We aim to have selected a tenant by the end of the financial year."

The stadium was designed to give future operators the option of reducing its capacity.
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London 2012 Olympics media centre revealed

Thousands of international journalists coming to London to cover the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games are to be housed in the centre of the city, Mayor Boris Johnson has announced. The One Great George Street conference centre will be available 24-hours a day offering live broadcasting areas, additional offices for photographers and in-house dining facilities. The Mayor hopes by accommodating journalists so centrally it will give London the chance to showcase itself to the world.



At each Olympiad the National Olympic Committees collectively accredit around 25,000 journalists and other representatives from international media organisations to cover the Games, giving them access to the Olympic Park Media Centre and International Broadcast Centre. However, thousands more journalists, without accreditation, will also descend on the capital to report on the Games and wider celebrations in London.

The London Media Centre will have workspaces for over 250 journalists, with press conference facilities to sit 200 members of media. Its location means journalists will be able to attend Olympic events as well as experience London as a place to visit, live, study and do business.

'Biggest party'

The media will be just a 10-minute walk from a host of London attractions, from its internationally renowned bars, clubs and restaurants, to its great museums and world class theatres. They are also a short journey to Games venues such as Horse Guards Parade and the Live Sites in Hyde Park and on the South Bank. Westminster Tube station is a five -minute walk, from where they can travel direct to the Olympic Park on the Jubilee Line.

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: "London has the best and most diverse leisure and cultural offering of any city in the world. Whether it is relaxing in one of our famous parks or squares or experiencing London's unrivalled nightlife all our guests in 2012, be they spectators, athletes, media or organisers, will be truly spoilt for choice. Journalists joining us for these historic days in the summer of 2012 are now guaranteed a central working base in the heart of all the action. A stone's throw from the London Media Centre lie some of the capital's most iconic shots and locations, ready to be beamed into homes across the globe. I look forward to welcoming our visitors in 2012 and joining with them for the biggest party London has ever seen."



Welcome the world

Christopher Wyld, Director of the Foreign Press Association, said: "The Foreign Press Association in London looks forward to working closely with the Mayor and Visit London to make sure that visiting journalists get every opportunity to see what a diverse and exciting city London is before, during and after the 2012 Games.

"London is one of the great media hubs of the world and the central location of the London Media Centre will provide yet another opportunity to welcome foreign journalists to the United Kingdom and help them gain access to the people they want to meet and the places they want to see".

To help all visitors to travel smoothly around the city up to 8,000 London Ambassadors will be located at key points across the city providing information and assistance to everybody needing help and support during their stay for the Games. These volunteers will be in addition to the 70,000 Games Makers that London 2012 organisers will be recruiting to help at Games venues.

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British urged to brush up on manners for visitors to London 2012 Olympics

The British, impolite? Golly gosh, what a thing to suggest!

Despite Britons' reputation as the politest people on Earth, some have decided it is time to give their compatriots a few lessons in manners so they are ready to extend a warm welcome to visitors at the London 2012 Olympics.

For the 2008 Beijing Olympics, a national campaign was launched to teach the Chinese good behaviour -- don't spit in public and don't clear your throat in a restaurant loudly were just two examples on a long list.

But surely such an initiative is not necessary in Britain, the birthplace of fair play and politeness where the visitor finds doors are always opened for him and his hosts refuse to let him pay for a round of drinks?

Sadly, such ideas are misconceptions in this day and age, insists Peter G. Foot.

The septuagenarian gentleman, who has the refined manners of an aristocrat, is the president of the "National Campaign for Courtesy," which was founded in 1986.

"Our manners must improve if we want those visitors to leave with a high opinion of this nation," Foot told AFP.

"Our behaviour is definitely worse than in the past.

"We used to queue at the bus stop but now it's just like a free for all. We throw litter on the ground.

"You get into stores where you're ignored, while two girls carry on chatting about the boys they dated last night. It's worse than it's ever been in the past."

All this might be of little concern if the 2012 Olympics were not heading to London.

In March, the British capital won the dubious accolade of "rudest city in Britain" in a study carried out by hotel chain Jurys Inn.

London is braced for a million visitors during the Olympic Games, and Foot's group has launched a campaign to ensure his country is not lambasted for its bad manners.

"We're starting our campaign now to ensure all foreign visitors are going to find they're treated with respect," he said.

With its minimal resources -- the group has just 900 members -- Foot is trying to "push the message out on radios and TVs" in order to "praise the good as well as knock the bad."

The organization already hands out certificates of good behaviour on a regular basis to people it regards as role models.

A bus driver who "sing songs and give sweets to passengers", a post office clerk who is "so very helpful", or receptionists "offering tea" to people waiting for appointments have all been the recipients of certificates, which Foot presents personally.

His message is simple: "smile, thank, say please", he said. "I'd like to think when visitors get off their plane, there's a big welcome for them. The same with taxi drivers, in shops, in restaurants, pubs."

VisitBritain, the country's tourism agency, also aims to extend "a warm welcome to overseas visitors in the run-up to the 2012 Olympics" and has just launched its own guide to avoiding gaffes when faced with visiting foreigners.

"Never call a Canadian an American," "don't snap your fingers if you are with a Belgian. It may be interpreted as impolite," and "don't ask an Emirati whether they want bacon with their eggs" all figure on the list.

Sandie Dawe, the body's chief executive, points out that "overseas visitors spend more than $25 billion a year in Britain.

"So giving our foreign visitors a friendly welcome is absolutely vital to our economy."

Equally conscious of the financial gains to be had, Mayor of London Boris Johnson intends to recruit 8,000 volunteers to greet visitors during the Games in airports, train stations, and at touristic and Olympic sites.

The main quality that these "ambassadors" must possess is to "be the smiling, happy, proud face of London," said Johnson at the launch of the initiative in July.

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Plan to create green space on Olympic village site


More than 2,000 trees will be planted as part of the landscaping

Plans to create parks and play areas for residents who will move into homes in the Olympic Park after the 2012 Games have been unveiled.

Work on almost 3,000 homes in the Athletes' Village in east London will start once athletes and officials have moved out.

Ten hectares of parkland and wetlands, with more than 2,000 trees and 100,000 plants, will complement the properties.

There will also be new cycling facilities, play and picnic areas.

Wildlife habitats

The Athletes' Village, which is adjacent to the Olympic Park, will accommodate athletes and officials during the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The first stage of landscaping works in the village is under way to create a 2.5 hectare wetlands park that will feature ponds and marshlands with pathways and seating areas.

Extensive planting and new trees will create a "green canopy" through the area and help create new wildlife habitats.

This is in addition to landscaping in the Olympic Park to create the largest urban park in the UK for more than a century.

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Wild flowers add golden hue to London Olympics meadow

This riverbank meadow is the first of more than 10 football pitches worth of nectar-rich wild flower meadows in the Olympic Park, which will provide a colorful setting for the Games and be a habitat for wildlife for years to come.

The meadow includes cornflowers, marigolds, Californian poppies and prairie flowers, all especially chosen and sown so that they flower gold just in time for the London 2012 Opening Ceremony.

Olympic Delivery Authority Chief Executive David Higgins said: ‘The wild flower meadows, wetlands, woods and lawns in the Olympic Park will provide a green and colorful setting in 2012 and a new great park for people and wildlife after the Games.

‘With two years until the Games, the parklands are already taking shape. The site is going from brown to green with meadows blooming, hundreds of trees and thousands of wetland plants being planted. We are doing everything possible to ensure this is a great park for Games and legacy and a showcase for British park design.’

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Here are some pics from the webcam, the olympic park is coming along very nice:








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Water polo

Plans for the temporary London 2012 Water Polo Arena, with a distinctive sloping roof, have been approved.

The 5,000-seat Water Polo Arena will host the Water Polo competition during the Olympic Games.
Key information

Sport: Water Polo, Olympic Games
New or existing venue: New
How many seats in 2012: 5,000
Temporary or permanent: Temporary

The 5,000-seat venue will host Water Polo during the London 2012 Olympic Games. Its rippling roof will be made of recycled PVC cushions inflated with air that will provide extra insulation.

The lightweight venue has been designed to complement the adjacent Aquatics Centre. Its design will open up views towards the Olympic Stadium at the end of the bridge that the majority of the pedestrians will use to enter the Olympic Park.

Olympic Delivery Authority Chief Executive David Higgins said: ‘The Water Polo Arena is a distinctive and dynamic addition to the entrance to the Olympic Park. Its innovative shape and lightweight structure will look great and work well for spectators and athletes alike, and it can be reused or recycled after the Games.’

It has been designed to be taken down after the Games and reused elsewhere. Construction is on track to start in spring 2011 and be complete by spring 2012.

Location

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The Water Polo Arena is located in the south east corner of the Olympic Park, next to the Olympic Stadium and alongside the Aquatics Centre.

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Getting ready

Construction is expected to start in spring 2011 and completed in time for Test Events to take place before the 2012 Games.

During the Games

The Water Polo Arena will host both the Men’s and Women’s Water Polo competitions during the Olympic Games. It will contain a warm-up pool and a competition pool.

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It is expected nearly 70 per cent of spectators will arrive from the new Stratford City (just outside the Park).

The Aquatics Centre and Water Polo Arena will be adjacent to each other in one of the most compact areas of the Olympic Park. To make the best use of the space available, some back-of-house facilities, such as space for broadcasters, catering and security will be shared between the two venues so they run as efficiently as possible.

After the Games

The Water Polo Arena will be taken down after the Games. Elements of the venue are expected to be reused or relocated elsewhere in the UK.

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I wish i could Go London To Watch Olympics 2012... :-D
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How I wish Morley (the Water Polo people) designed the IBC/MPC.
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London 2012 Olympic marathon set to start and finish at the Mall

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The route for the marathon at the London 2012 Olympic Games is likely to start and finish at the Mall in a departure from tradition, though a final decision has yet to be made.

Several different courses are under consideration and it is hoped the consultation process will be completed by the end of the month. However, the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Locog) is understood to have a strong preference for the proposal that uses the Mall as its centrepiece. Running from Buckingham Palace to Trafalgar Square and featuring Admiralty Arch, Locog believes the ceremonial route will provide the marathon with an iconic backdrop.

Traditionally, the event has finished at the Games' main stadium and the original plan plotted a path from Tower Bridge to the Olympic Stadium in Stratford, east London. But Locog is eager to incorporate as many London landmarks as possible and favour the Mall, which is also the finish line for the annual London Marathon.

The Locog director of venues and infrastructure, James Bulley, however, today stressed discussions over the course are still ongoing. "No final decision over the marathon has been made at this point," he said. "We're still working with the international federation and various technical bodies to understand exactly what will be best for London 2012.

"A number of different routes and scenarios are being examined at the moment. We have some preferred scenarios and we're working those through with the international federations. We have to strike a balance between factors such as the implications for traffic and road closures on the day and getting people around to other events.

"We also want to use as many iconic locations in the route as possible and, of course, it has to work well for all the athletes. The fact it traditionally finishes at the stadium is a consideration. The stadium has been designed to accommodate it and finishing there remains one of the options."
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Jaw-dropping’ 2012 Olympics displays to dazzle visitors

Boris Johnson has revealed plans to deliver a “jaw-dropping” visitor experience during the Olympics.

Inflatable boxers will float over the capital's skyline; a giant arch in the shape of a high-jumper will cross the Westway and a zip-wire is proposed for Trafalgar Square to add to the party atmosphere.

The Thames will be transformed into a dazzling Olympic display with new lighting for Tower Bridge and along the river banks. And a new boardwalk is planned for Southwark to make the south bank more accessible in time for the Games.

The Mayor also hopes the Royal Barge commissioned for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee in 2012 will carry the Olympic torch on its final leg from Westminster to the Olympic Park in Stratford on the day of the opening ceremony.

Mr Johnson outlined his proposals at an Olympic summit attended by 2012 sponsors and marketing experts.

Keynote speakers at the summit, which was organised by the Evening Standard, were editor Geordie Greig and Sebastian Coe, chairman of the 2012 organising committee, Locog.

Mr Johnson said: “We are looking at the sort of things that are going to make the visitors' jaws drop and leave a lasting memory of the Games. Everyone knows this is the most exciting thing we are going to do in London in our lifetimes and we are incredibly privileged to be engaged in this project.”

About £30 million has been earmarked in the Olympic budget for dressing the capital but cash from sponsors, who have paid £600 million for promotional rights, could ensure a real impact — and perhaps leave a permanent legacy, he said.

Lord Coe said the Standard, which reported on the 1908 and 1948 London Olympics, would become the first host city newspaper to cover three Games.


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