New Mets ballpark would be converted into Olympic venue for 2012 Games
The Associated Press
Updated: 6:59 p.m. ET June 26, 2005
NEW YORK - The committee organizing New YorkÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s bid for the 2012 Olympics on Sunday released the first drawing of the proposed New York Mets stadium that would be converted into an Olympic Stadium if the city is awarded the games.
The Mets plan to build the stadium, and it would become the teamÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s new home by 2009.
The city revised its Olympic bid to include the 80,000-seat Queens stadium after the collapse of a $2 billion project on ManhattanÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s West Side that would have served as home to the New York Jets and the centerpiece of the cityÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Olympic bid.
The $600 million Queens stadium would host the OlympicsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ opening and closing ceremonies, as well as the track and field and soccer finals.
The rendering shows an airy and roofless stadium with space for advertising on its side and a plaza next to it.
The organizing committee, NYC2012, said in a press release that the stadium would meet the highest competition standards.
The new plan would put the Olympic stadium near the Olympic village and the International Broadcast Center, also planned for Queens. It would take athletes 17 minutes to travel from the village to the stadium, officials said.
After the Olympics, the stadium would be converted back to a baseball stadium, and the 25,000-seat outdoor track would be moved and installed permanently at the new Icahn Stadium on RandallÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Island, organizers said.
NYC2012 submitted a revised bid to the International Olympic CommitteeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s executive board on Friday, officials said.
The IOC will select the host city on July 6. The other cities competing for the games are Paris, London, Moscow and Madrid.
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