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Thursday, 18 November 2004

New York Does It Large!

New York unveiled its detailed plans for its bid for the 2012 Summer Olympics yesterday.

It is promising to beam the Olympic Rings into the night sky over Manhattan, to illuminate the Empire State Building with the national colors of competing countries and to cover every available surface with Olympics advertising.

The latter point will definitely please the judges, given the fact that the Olympics are now entirely the plaything of the marketing men from the corporate world.

The triathlon event would use Central Park, whilst baseball and basketball would be played at Yankee Stadium and Madison Square Garden respectively.

New York would construct new sites including; an aquatics center in a 35-acre waterfront park in Brooklyn and a park for equestrian events on the Fresh Kills landfill on Staten Island.

The Olympic village would be built in Queens, and would accommodate the 4,400 athletes.

Ticket prices will be extortionate; between $550 and $1,500 for the opening ceremony, whilst ordinary tickets would cost around $50.

The IOC will visit New York in February 2005, and announce the winner in July.

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