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Old August 30th, 2004, 11:56 PM   #1
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These were the facilities that were used during the hosting of the Sydney 2000 Olympic games. Most of the facilties still remain in their current shape today while some have had recognfigured (eg Olympic Stadium) or have been demolished. Events were held at Sydney Olympic Park, Darling Harbour in the city centre and at Satellite Venues across Sydney.

I’ll start this thread by focusing on the facilities at Sydney Olympic Park at Homebush Bay, 13 km or 8 miles west of the city. Where possible, I have listed the sports that used the facilities.

Sydney Olympic Park
Eighteen sports were played here across the various facilities.

Here's an aerial of Sydney Olympic Park



Stadium Australia (Olympic Stadium)
Capacity: 110 000 (85 000 post Olympics)
Sports: Athletics, Football



Post Olympics



Sydney Superdome
Capacity: 20 000
Sports: Basketball, Gymnastics





Sydney International Aquatic Centre
Sports: Swimming, Diving, Synchroised Swimming, Water Polo





Sydney Showgrounds
Sports: Baseball, Basketball



Main Arena – Baseball



Sydney International Archery Centre -Archery



Sydney International Tennis Centre – Tennis.



Hockey Stadium - Hockey
Capacity: 10 000



State Sports Centre


I'll next post images of Facilties at Darling Harbour.
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Old August 31st, 2004, 01:50 AM   #2
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Yes, hardly "a car boot sale"
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Old August 31st, 2004, 08:09 PM   #3
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i dont know if this thread was intended to compare sydney with any other recent olympcs so i wont compare... ill just say that the sydney ones are prety good but ive seen better...
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I just loved the Stadium, i think it looks crap now, drove past it a few weeks back and it didnt impress, but it was really awesome at the time.

I was surprised at how much was still there at the park and being used, I dont think anything has gone has it?
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I just loved the Stadium, i think it looks crap now, drove past it a few weeks back and it didnt impress, but it was really awesome at the time.

I was surprised at how much was still there at the park and being used, I dont think anything has gone has it?
I agree with you. I wonder if Athens' is gonna look 'not so great' in 4 years as well.
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Old August 31st, 2004, 11:28 PM   #6
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Sydney maybe had better facilities but those of Athens were really unique and romantic.I was happy to see the Olympics returning to the land of its birth.The opening show was spectacular even though it was short.I was totally amazed.
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Old August 31st, 2004, 11:32 PM   #7
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I just loved the Stadium, i think it looks crap now, drove past it a few weeks back and it didnt impress, but it was really awesome at the time.

I was surprised at how much was still there at the park and being used, I dont think anything has gone has it?
I think it looks better Post Olympics. It looks even better without the temporary stands. The extension of roof over the northern and southern ends has improved the visual appeal of the stadium. I'm happy with the stadium even though I wished the 110 000 capaity should of stayed.

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i dont know if this thread was intended to compare sydney with any other recent olympcs so i wont compare... ill just say that the sydney ones are prety good but ive seen better...
Were not here to compare it with other host cities.

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Yes, hardly "a car boot sale"
Agreed. I wonder what Gocaps thoughts are on this?
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Old August 31st, 2004, 11:47 PM   #8
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First off I never called anything a "car boot sale" so I do not know where you are getting that from. Neither did I say that I did not like Sydney's Olympics because I did very much. Everything ran perfectly, and was great, and I cannot take that away from you. Your venues were great expecially the Olympic Stadium, the Gymnastics arena, and the swimming center. But they were the greatest venues in 2000. But if you are trying to compare them to those of Athens there is no comparison, in general Athens had better and more modern venues than Sydney. You can't really compare a brand new venue to one built 4 or 5 years ago, not to mention it looks like they put that archery stadium together in 5 minutes.

I never had anything against Sydneys Olympics or stadiums but the fact is the ones in Athens are better, and more modern, also they are made to last unlike they many in Sydney that were made just for the games, and were taken down right afterwards.
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Old September 1st, 2004, 12:25 AM   #9
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Imo the best stadiums in the world were built in Melbourne.. Geez they got some beautys there.
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nice i have a recopilation of the Barcelona venues
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Old September 1st, 2004, 02:12 AM   #11
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Some of the venues in Athens were better than in Sydney and some in Sydney were better than Athens.
The Olympic Stadium i by my opinion a little better in Sydney.
The Superdome i Sydney were also a little better.
The Aquatic Centre were much better i Sydney.
Most of the "small" indoor arenas in Athens were better than Sydney. (The Arenas for: Preliminary Basketball, Handball, Badminton, Teakwondo....)
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First off I never called anything a "car boot sale" so I do not know where you are getting that from. Neither did I say that I did not like Sydney's Olympics because I did very much. Everything ran perfectly, and was great, and I cannot take that away from you. Your venues were great expecially the Olympic Stadium, the Gymnastics arena, and the swimming center. But they were the greatest venues in 2000. But if you are trying to compare them to those of Athens there is no comparison, in general Athens had better and more modern venues than Sydney. You can't really compare a brand new venue to one built 4 or 5 years ago, not to mention it looks like they put that archery stadium together in 5 minutes.

I never had anything against Sydneys Olympics or stadiums but the fact is the ones in Athens are better, and more modern, also they are made to last unlike they many in Sydney that were made just for the games, and were taken down right afterwards.
My apologies. I just went back to the thread and found out it was Reaper the pure that made the comment.

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Old September 2nd, 2004, 05:38 AM   #13
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What was novel once, gets old fast.

Nothing changes faster than peoples taste in archtecture. Sydney was cutting edge in 2000. Today it looks like a bow tie on a double-lapel suit-no longer the standard by which things are measured. Athens is elegant today, but I have no doubt that it will look dated in 2008. The hand of time moves on!
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what are they doing right now with what used to be the International Broadcasting Center (IBC)?
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Old September 2nd, 2004, 02:33 PM   #15
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Our Olympic Stadium is way better than the Athens one...
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Another Aussie weighs in with his deepest thoughts!

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LOL. How predictably trite.
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Nothing changes faster than peoples taste in archtecture. Sydney was cutting edge in 2000. Today it looks like a bow tie on a double-lapel suit-no longer the standard by which things are measured. Athens is elegant today, but I have no doubt that it will look dated in 2008. The hand of time moves on!
Yes and Athens was akin to dressing up an old, overweight and useless maid in a glass tiara. The only thing that even made the athens stadium palatable was the roof. The basic stadium looked dated when it was built quite a few years ago. I do agree though that Sydney could have been designed with a little more flair and longevity of aesthetic but you have to understand that the stadium is very Australian in its style.
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u cant say its just a bowl...I mean the munich s stadium is much much more primitive than the athens one but it still looks up-to-date great and all...and that was just a bowl..if it wasnt for the roof nobody would mention it


Sydneys stadium was awesome at that time!! And looked very nice on tv also.....what i dislike about it is that now without the extra seats it looks like any other stadium they are building in asia..mainly china at the moment...it doesnt look that unique as it did with those extra seats.

Hey could i have some more info about the international aquatic center? and maybe a couple more pictures? ty!
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Avatar, you're boring us with your repetition.

We know you're not a fan of the Athens venues. You don't have to belabor the issue with constant repetition. Don't reinforce my image of you as a rigid personality, ok?

Sydney was a fine Olympics. It's a shame that you and many other Australians can't admit as much about the Athens games. But as I said, that would take a maturity of character that many Aussies, apparently, lack. Your self-image must be founded on putting others down to build yourselves up. Pity, really.

Dwell in your pool of bile down-under. The rest of the world will move on.
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Old September 3rd, 2004, 12:57 AM   #20
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I think the 2000 stadium looks better without the temporary end-zone bleachers. They may have provided great capacity, but they made the stadium look too much like something at a high school or college, in the midwest of America, for example. Only thing I can't figure out from the aerial before & after photos is where the stadium's Olympic torch was located.

As for 2000 and 2004, I think they're one big blur, mainly because recent Olympic organizers have pretty much followed the same format in outfitting their sites with lots of the same type of temporary canvas wall coverings, the ones imprinted with "Atlanta 1996" or "Sydney 2000" or "Athens 2004." However, I think the locations for 2000 had more oomphf because they more likely were full of spectators, whereas the 2004 games had several locations that weren't exactly SRO (at the soccer stadium in particular, which made it impossible to believe soccer is a popular sport in Europe).
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