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Sunday, June 12, 2005

 

New York 2012 Announces Olympic Stadium At Queens Site

Posted 7:42 pm ET (GamesBids.com)

 

During a press conference at City Hall Sunday night (GMT -5), New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced that an agreement has been reached with the New York Mets baseball team to build a new stadium by 2009 that would be converted to an Olympic stadium in 2012, should NYC2012 win the Olympic bid.

 

On Monday New York 2012 will ask the International Olympic Committee (IOC) executive to modify New York's Olympic plan.

 

The stadium, to be located in the current Shea Stadium parking lot, would be funded by the Mets and the City would pay for the needed associated infrastructure.

 

At the end of the 2011 baseball season, the stadium would be converted into the Olympic stadium and the Mets could play in Yankee Stadium for the 2012 season (The Yankees have agreed with this plan).

 

The International Broadcast Center would be located at nearby Willets Point, and the Stadium would be only 16 minutes from the Athletes Village.

 

The Mayor said "New Yorkers aren't quitters, we just don't walk away from our future", and although he said NYC2012 could have withdrawn from the race, it was not a desirable option.

 

"We want to do what's right for New York City."

 

NYC2012 will ask the IOC Executive Committee for the unusual opportunity to change their plans on Monday.

 

The Mayor said, "we will move quickly to present our plans" to the IOC.

 

Although he admitted it will be a "tougher sell than if we had gotten our first choice", the Mayor said "we have to go and play the best hand we can get and play it as well as we can".

 

He added, "it wasn't our first choice but it sure was an awful good alternative".

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wow

 

the mets playing home games in yankee stadium

 

now that would would be weird, and suck to the extreme for the mutts

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Not really, the Mets have done it in the past. Isn't it going to be New Yankees Stadium?

 

All-New Ballparks in the NL East by 2010.

 

Turner Field - Atlanta 1997 (Former Olympic Stadium)

Citizen's Bank Park - Philadelphia 2004

New Nationals Ballpark - Washington Circa 2008

New Marlins Ballpark - Miami Circa 2008

New Mets Ballpark - New York Circa 2009

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wow

 

the mets playing home games in yankee stadium

 

now that would would be weird, and suck to the extreme for the mutts

807369[/snapback]

Not really, the Mets have done it in the past. Isn't it going to be New Yankees Stadium?

 

All-New Ballparks in the NL East by 2010.

 

Turner Field - Atlanta 1997 (Former Olympic Stadium)

Citizen's Bank Park - Philadelphia 2004

New Nationals Ballpark - Washington Circa 2008

New Marlins Ballpark - Miami Circa 2008

New Mets Ballpark - New York Circa 2009

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not for a whole year though, have they?

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The Mets started play at the Polo Grounds. New Mets fans found themselves torn if they once loved Ebbets and the Dodgers. The Polo Grounds were formerly thee home of the Giants and the Yankees rented it before Yankee Stadium was built.

 

METS FANS DON'T CARE!

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so no...

 

i knew all that

 

I feel so smart

 

:plain

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Just for the record, the Mets have never played any home games at YS. They have only played at YS when they face the Yankees during interleague games or during the 2000 WS. The Yankees did play home games at Shea during 1973-1975 and a couple of games during that infamous steel beam falling incident that forced them to close YS for a while.

 

The Mets have only had two home venues in their history: Shea and Polo Grounds.

 

Anyway, an article from the Times explains the new Olympics plan in more detail:

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/06/13/sports/o...ml?pagewanted=1

 

2012 Olympic Bid Survives as Mets Commit to Stadium Deal

 

By LYNN ZINSER

Published: June 13, 2005

 

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg committed last night to help the Mets build a stadium that could be converted into the centerpiece for the 2012 Olympics in an 11th-hour deal to salvage the city's bid for the Games.

 

The Mets would pay the cost of the stadium, which would open in 2009 and be built adjacent to the existing Shea Stadium in Queens. It would be converted for use for the Olympics if the city is chosen as the host for the Games.

 

The city and state would contribute $180 million for improvements to the infrastructure around the stadium and would pay an additional $100 million to convert the stadium to Olympic use.

 

The Mets' principal owner, Fred Wilpon, said he would not know the cost of the stadium until a design was selected, but he estimated that it would be $600 million.

 

Mr. Wilpon has previously prepared plans for a stadium that would be modeled after Ebbets Field, the home of the Brooklyn Dodgers, but few details were given about this new plan. Mr. Bloomberg said the stadium would have a capacity of about 45,000, which would temporarily be expanded to 80,000 for the Olympics.

 

The deal was put together in 72 hours after long-held plans to construct an Olympic stadium on the West Side of Manhattan were killed last week.

 

The new plan seems free of the political problems that were fatal to the West Side plan and will enable the organizing committee, NYC2012, to meet today's deadline to respond to a report by the International Olympic Committee's evaluation commission in which New York's lack of a stadium was specifically noted as a concern.

 

Mr. Bloomberg had long talked down the idea of putting the Olympic stadium in Queens, saying it lacked the glamour of Manhattan, where the city skyline would add drama to the Games. "This was not our first choice," Mr. Bloomberg said last night at a news conference at City Hall. "But when you don't get your first choice, you find what you do have and fight harder to win with that one."

 

The host city for the 2012 Games will be chosen in a little more than three weeks, on July 6, when the I.O.C. meets in Singapore to select the winner among the five finalists - New York, Paris, London, Madrid and Moscow.

 

The I.O.C. gave NYC2012 permission to alter its bid last week after the proposal to finance the West Side stadium plan was derailed when state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and state Senate Majority Leader Joseph L. Bruno refused to approve it. The planned $2.2 billion stadium project, for which the Jets were to pay $1.6 billion, would have required a $600 million public subsidy, half of which was to come from the state.

 

Mr. Bloomberg said the new stadium proposal would have to go through the normal budget process, including approval by the City Council and the state, not to mention reaction from the surrounding community.

 

Mr. Bloomberg, however, said Mr. Silver and Mr. Bruno had already endorsed the new plan, which changes the focus of the Olympic bid from Manhattan to Queens. Not only would the Olympic stadium move there, but Mr. Bloomberg said the main press center and the International Broadcast Center would also be located in Willets Point, adjacent to the new stadium and part of a redevelopment of that area, now filled with junkyards and auto shops.

 

"I'm glad that the mayor could put together an alternative so fast and that we will be competitive for the 2012 Olympics," Mr. Silver said in an interview last night.

 

Mr. Silver said that he and Mr. Bruno would join Gov. George E. Pataki in giving Mr. Bloomberg a signed letter committing to the deal, which the mayor could give to the I.O.C. Mr. Silver said that the state's contribution to the plan, $75 million, would not need to go before the Public Authorities Control Board, the board that Mr. Silver used to thwart the West Side stadium.

 

Also excited about Sunday's development was the United States Olympic Committee, which had initially warned against any impulse to pull out of the bid altogether. Doing so would have damaged hopes for any American city to win a Games in the coming years.

 

"We applaud Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Deputy Mayor Dan Doctoroff and the entire NYC2012 team for the determination and resolve they have shown in developing an alternative plan for the Olympic Stadium," the U.S.O.C. chairman, Peter Ueberroth, and its chief executive, Jim Scherr, said in a statement.

 

The Mets seemed to emerge as biggest winners in the latest twist in the Olympic bid. In a matter of days, they leaped from overlooked to the front of the pack in a regional stadium derby that seems to involve every major league sports franchise.

 

The Jets, who once shared Shea Stadium with the Mets, have said they still intend to go through with their $250 million deal for the development rights for the West Side stadium, but they are also interested in pursuing a possible deal with the Giants, who are building a new stadium in the Meadowlands.

 

The Mets would have to play the 2012 season in a different location while the stadium was being converted to Olympic use, but that would happen only if the city won the Games. Mr. Bloomberg said the Yankees had agreed to let the Mets play at Yankee Stadium if necessary.

 

Mr. Doctoroff, who is the architect of the NYC2012 bid, said the benefit of the Queens alternative was that the security and transportation plans already in the Olympic bid would not have to be altered because five sports were already slated for that area, including tennis at the National Tennis Center.

 

"We believe this plan meets, and even exceeds, I.O.C. requirements," Mr. Doctoroff said.

 

The plan gives Mr. Doctoroff something concrete to present to Olympic officials at a meeting this week in Ghana and to the I.O.C. when it makes its final choice on July 6.

 

The I.O.C. executive committee will have to approve the plan before NYC2012 is allowed to present it to the membership.

 

Three of New York's competitors - Paris, Madrid and Moscow - have existing stadiums, although Madrid's and Moscow's would need extensive renovation. London has approval to begin construction immediately if it is chosen. Paris has long been considered the favorite to win these Games and received the best review last week by the evaluation commission, but the I.O.C. is notoriously unpredictable in voting for its host cities.

 

New York's stadium drama has clearly hurt its standing just as most I.O.C. members are thought to be making their final decisions.

 

But Mr. Bloomberg was even trying to spin that into a positive. He said it would have been easy for the bid team to pull out of the race last week, but instead pulled together an ambitious alternative instead.

 

"Every bid city has its problems," Mr. Bloomberg said. "We've faced up to our problems, and we've come through it."

 

The Mets were more than happy to inherit their role as saviors of the bid. Mr. Wilpon said yesterday that he was disappointed when he heard the West Side plan was defeated.

 

"I want to see the Olympics here," Mr. Wilpon said. "I love this city."

 

His franchise has clearly come out the better for the decision. Before last week, the Mets had been pining for a new home since 1998, when they unveiled the model of a stadium reminiscent of Ebbets Field. At the time, Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani promised $600 million in tax revenue to help the Mets and the Yankees build new stadiums. The Yankees were aiming for the West Side location while the Mets said they had explored it before deciding to stay close to their current home.

 

"I'm not degrading the West Side," Mr. Wilpon said at the time. "Under certain circumstances, we'd have liked it."

 

Mr. Wilpon correctly predicted that winning approval for a Manhattan site would be nearly impossible. The Yankees eventually gave up on it as well, despite a hard push from Mr. Giuliani, and are only now close to unveiling their plans for a new ballpark, which will be built next to Yankee Stadium in the Bronx. The Yankees are paying for the cost of the stadium with the city spending about $300 million on infrastructure and parking garages, from which the city will receive the revenue.

 

But the Mets have had little hope of building something, because Mr. Bloomberg has been less willing to promise public money than Mr. Giuliani was. Mr. Bloomberg had said the Mets did not have enough money of their own to seriously discuss a proposal.

 

The Mets were further disappointed when the NYC2012 organizers showed little interest in working with them on an Olympic stadium project.

 

That all changed last week, when West Side plan collapsed and the Mets saw a window of opportunity.

 

While NYC2012 organizers needed a quick resolution to their plight, the Mets pressed for something more concrete than a plan whipped up just to give NYC2012 an 11th-hour alternative. Mr. Bloomberg stressed yesterday that this plan would go ahead with or without the Olympics being awarded to New York next month.

 

Under this scenario, the city and state would provide direct funding to the Olympic effort - the $100 million required to convert the baseball stadium to Olympic use and back - that was not necessary with the West Side stadium. But Mr. Bloomberg said it was worth the investment because of increased tax revenue and also because the city would have had to pay for improvements to Shea, which he said would have run into the range of $212 million over the next 30 years.

 

Michael Cooper contributed reporting for this article.

 

 

 

Images of what the proposed Mets/Olympics plan might look like: http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2005/0...IUM_GRAPHIC.gif

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wow

 

the mets playing home games in yankee stadium

 

now that would would be weird, and suck to the extreme for the mutts

807369[/snapback]

Not really, the Mets have done it in the past. Isn't it going to be New Yankees Stadium?

 

All-New Ballparks in the NL East by 2010.

 

Turner Field - Atlanta 1997 (Former Olympic Stadium)

Citizen's Bank Park - Philadelphia 2004

New Nationals Ballpark - Washington Circa 2008

New Marlins Ballpark - Miami Circa 2008

New Mets Ballpark - New York Circa 2009

807377[/snapback]

 

... if all goes well

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