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RE: Are the Olympics worth it?
It's clear these countries can't afford nor have any use for these facilities whenever the games are done. Like I said, just hold it in Greece every time and be done with it or the US since we're the only country that has them in place already and in constant use before and after the games.
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03-27-2017 08:56 PM
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(03-27-2017 05:06 PM)PirateTreasureNC Wrote:  
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Rio spent over $6 billion on the summer Olympics and 6 months later much of the facilities are abandoned. I know Huffington Post isn't the best source but there have been lots of articles like this recently. The London Olympics may be an exception but I remember reading about Russia spending a ton of money to revive an abandoned mining town only to abandon it again 2 weeks later when the Olympics finished.

I'm leaning towards a NO in the aftermath....

But I wonder what the actual economic impact is for those cities...

IN other words... are most of the bidding cities in need of infrastructure upgrades--even non-event traffic? Do they need new arenas to replace outdated ones? Are they willing to rent them out for post-Olympic things like concerts, office spaces, ect... Do the athletic villages get converted over to housing for residents after the Olympics are over?

The article doesn't address infrastructure upgrades. I can see how that would be hard to access. Rio metro has a population of 12 million. I doubt much infrastructure was changed.

The article did address the stadium and Olympic village - both unused since the Olympics. I've read similar articles bout China. The venues are falling down because they are not being used or even maintained.
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(03-27-2017 08:56 PM)_C2_ Wrote:  It's clear these countries can't afford nor have any use for these facilities whenever the games are done. Like I said, just hold in Greece every time and be done with it or the US since we're the only country that has them in place already and in constant use before and after the games.

Greece is an interesting option but can they afford it? Every year or two they are on the verge of bankruptcy. The EU comes in at the 11th hour and bails them out. As a country, their population is smaller than Rio metro.

Even if the IOC paid all the construction, maintenance, and operating costs, there is still the security and other government costs that would cripple a small country like Greece.
03-28-2017 01:06 PM
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Then the IOC would have to cover that too.
03-28-2017 11:46 PM
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RE: Are the Olympics worth it?
(03-28-2017 12:57 PM)Wolfman Wrote:  
(03-27-2017 05:06 PM)PirateTreasureNC Wrote:  
(03-26-2017 09:53 PM)Wolfman Wrote:  Link

Rio spent over $6 billion on the summer Olympics and 6 months later much of the facilities are abandoned. I know Huffington Post isn't the best source but there have been lots of articles like this recently. The London Olympics may be an exception but I remember reading about Russia spending a ton of money to revive an abandoned mining town only to abandon it again 2 weeks later when the Olympics finished.

I'm leaning towards a NO in the aftermath....

But I wonder what the actual economic impact is for those cities...

IN other words... are most of the bidding cities in need of infrastructure upgrades--even non-event traffic? Do they need new arenas to replace outdated ones? Are they willing to rent them out for post-Olympic things like concerts, office spaces, ect... Do the athletic villages get converted over to housing for residents after the Olympics are over?

The article doesn't address infrastructure upgrades. I can see how that would be hard to access. Rio metro has a population of 12 million. I doubt much infrastructure was changed.

The article did address the stadium and Olympic village - both unused since the Olympics. I've read similar articles bout China. The venues are falling down because they are not being used or even maintained.

It's almost incomprehensible how these places don't have plans for their venues once the Olympics end, especially outside North America. London built a ton of temporary venues, so at least they knew their venues wouldn't be used but for places like China and Brazil to not have plans them makes little sense.
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