Their Olympic dream suddenly revived and drastically revised, New York planners were immersed earlier this week in the tedious work of putting together technical proposals for the 2012 Games centred on a stadium in Queens.
Bid committee executive director Jay Kriegel said he hoped documents outlining the new plan could go by next week to the International Olympic Committee, which will choose a host city for 2012 in Singapore on July 6.
“We have no question that this plan technically will be outstanding, will demonstrate the games will be an outstanding games,” Kriegel said in a telephone interview.
The revised bid hinges on a $600-million (US) stadium to be built by the New York Mets in Queens, next to the existing Shea Stadium, that would be converted into an Olympic stadium should New York City be selected. The city and state would provide about $160 million in infrastructure and $100 million to convert the stadium from 45,000 seats to 80,000 for the games.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s dream of a stadium on the West Side of Manhattan for $2 billion, including $600 million in city and state funding, died last week when powerful assembly speaker Sheldon Silver said he could not support it.
The new proposals the bid committee must submit to the IOC are highly detailed, described by a spokesman for the bid committee as even including where trash cans will be placed and how camera angles would be configured.
New York organizers also must work quickly with international federations for soccer and track and field to get them to sign off on the new plans before they go to the international committee.
The Associated Press