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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old July 16th, 2006, 16:17 Thread Starter
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Olympic Stadium to host U20 Games

Tks to mtlfan at Vs for headsup. Thought it was a joke but it's legit.

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Le Stade olympique est choisi
Martin Smith Le Journal de Montréal
16/07/2006 07h13
http://www2.canoe.com/sports/nouvell...16-071301.html



Ô surprise! Les huit matchs du Mondial junior 2007 prévus à Montréal ne seront pas disputés aux stades Percival-Molson ou Claude-Robillard, mais bel et bien dans l'enceinte du Stade olympique.

L'annonce officielle en sera faite demain, journée choisie tout spécialement parce qu'on y commémorera le 30e anniversaire de la cérémonie d'ouverture des Jeux olympiques de Montréal.

Jacques Rogge, président du comité international olympique et membre de la délégation sportive belge en yachting lors des J.O. de 1976, doit d'ailleurs être présent à Montréal en tant qu'invité de marque à une réception privée à l'hôtel de ville, animée par Richard Garneau, à laquelle environ 200 personnes ont été conviées.

La nouvelle du choix du Stade olympique comme enceinte retenue pour le déroulement de matchs de la deuxième compétition en importance de la FIFA fera sans doute plaisir à Rogge comme à de nombreux autres invités, y compris à d'anciens athlètes olympiques comme Sylvie Bernier et Pierre Harvey, pour qui la destruction d'infrastructures sportives ou leur utilisation à d'autres fins constituent des sacrilèges.

«Les dirigeants de la Régie des installations olympiques sont des parte-naires très enthousiastes», a révélé Francis Millien qui a succédé en juin dernier à Pari Arshagouni comme président du comité organisateur, section Montréal, de ce Mondial junior.

«Ils veulent consolider la vocation sportive du Parc olympique et de ses infrastructures, entre autres par l'organisation d'événements sportifs d'envergure.»

Budget, température et prestige

Bonne nouvelle, mais on se demande encore comment le Stade olympique a pu devancer les stades Percival-Molson et Claude-Robillard, seul choix par rapport au futur stade Saputo mentionné dans le document initial de candidature de Montréal.

«Parmi les nombreux facteurs, il faut mentionner qu'il n'y a pas une très grande différence dans les coûts de base et de fonctionnement entre tenir l'événement au stade olympique ou à Claude-Robillard», a mentionné Millien.

«Par contre, la capacité d'accueil est tellement plus élevée au stade olympique qu'elle nous permet de diminuer de moitié le prix des billets les moins chers pour les fixer à 10 $. Un coût très abordable pour un événement qu'on destine beaucoup à une clientèle familiale.»

Autre aspect qui a fait pencher la balance en faveur du stade olympique, celui d'une protection garantie contre les éléments.

«Montréal a accueilli un groupe du championnat du monde U-17 de la FIFA en 1987 et avait dû reporter deux matchs parce qu'il était tombé 80 centimètres d'eau sur le terrain du stade Claude-Robillard, a rappelé Millien. C'était la fameuse inondation du 14 juillet. En choisissant le stade olympique, on s'assure de ne pas avoir à répéter cette expérience.»

Et puis, pour une métropole qui a déjà eu «la fierté a une ville» comme slogan, ça augure mieux de tenir un événement d'envergure internationale au Stade olympique plutôt qu'au complexe Claude-Robillard.

«Ça nous facilitera la vie à bien des égards, a reconnu Millien. On peut citer les besoins des médias, la sécurité, l'installation des caméras tout comme le fait qu'on y trouve déjà un tableau indicateur électronique moderne», a indiqué Millien.

«Et puis, au comité national d'organisation de cette Coupe du monde, les gens sont très contents de notre choix d'aller au Stade olympique qui se veut la meilleure solution pour tous.»

La Coupe du monde U-20 de la FIFA 2007 deviendra la plus importante manifestation unisport jamais organisée au Canada avec son auditoire cumulatif de 750 millions de téléspectateurs et ses 520 000 spectateurs sur place.

Basically the announcement will coincide with the 30th anniversary of the opening of the 1976 Olympic Games.

The Big Owe was chosen for its size, they are able to scale a $10 lowest ticket price and it's protection from the elements. Montreal accomodated a group in the U-17 FIFA world championship in 1987 and had had to defer two matches because 80 centimetres of water had fallen on the turf at Claude-Robillard.

Also the operating costs would be about the same as CCR.


Other articles pertinent info
http://www2.canoe.com/sports/nouvell...16-071302.html
http://www2.canoe.com/sports/nouvell...16-071300.html

Hosts looking for crowds of 25,000 with tickets scaled at $10, $20 and $30. They are also looking to host Brazil or Argentina.

The decision on the type of surface hasn't been made yet and there are issues with the replacement of the roof that will have to be decided.

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Tks to mtlfan at Vs for headsup. Thought it was a joke but it's legit.

Basically the announcement will coincide with the 30th anniversary of the opening of the 1976 Olympic Games.

The Big Owe was chosen for its size, they are able to scale a $10 lowest ticket price and it's protection from the elements. Montreal accomodated a group in the U-17 FIFA world championship in 1987 and had had to defer two matches because 80 centimetres of water had fallen on the turf at Claude-Robillard.

Also the operating costs would be about the same as CCR.


Other articles pertinent info
http://www2.canoe.com/sports/nouvell...16-071302.html
http://www2.canoe.com/sports/nouvell...16-071300.html

Hosts looking for crowds of 25,000 with tickets scaled at $10, $20 and $30. They are also looking to host Brazil or Argentina.

The decision on the type of surface hasn't been made yet and there are issues with the replacement of the roof that will have to be decided.
It better be a natural grass surface. They should host Italy if they want the big crowds. Would have preferred percival molson stadium for its more intimate atmosphere. I just hope its a succes and not have to watch games listening to the echos of a small crowd. Brings back Expos memories in its final days.
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Why installing turf will be difficult

Installing turf will be difficult in the Big Owe because of the one time costs, lack of sunlight, lack of drainage?? and the wear and tear of more than one game.

The article below describes the pitfalls for installing turf for one game in one night, let alone twelve games.

SkyDome gets auld sod
Fans finally get their long-awaited grass so European pros can strut their stuff

http://www.utsc.utoronto.ca/~mgta02/...ticles/17.html

By ERIN POOLEY
Friday, July 30, 2004 - Page A8

The SkyDome fans will finally be getting the green grass they've always wanted -- if only briefly.

Yesterday, more than 50 people worked at a furious clip to put the finishing touches on a 110,000-square-foot grass lawn that was specially grown and trucked in to the Toronto venue for two days of international soccer matches.

It's the first time U.S.-based promoter ChampionsWorld has brought its summer soccer tour to Toronto, and organizers were kicking into high gear yesterday hoping to attract some of Toronto's most avid soccer fans.

"For the tens of thousands of Toronto soccer fans who were enthralled by Euro 2004, this will be the next best thing to being there," said SkyDome executive Silvio D'Addario. "And it will be a wonderful preview of the European soccer season."

Scott Clark, whose New York-based Clark Companies laid its first natural grass surface at the Pontiac Silverdome in 1993, said the SkyDome venue presents a particular challenge because the grass needs to be laid on concrete.

Because the SkyDome uses artificial turf for its professional baseball and football teams, it does not have a proper drainage system.

That means the massive lawn, which will be composted after tomorrow night's game between Italy's AS Roma and Glasgow Celtic, needs to be hand-watered and carefully monitored to prevent wilting.

"One touch of rain and the sod would turn to snot, if you will," Mr. Clark said. "On this concrete it would just be grease. We can't chance any kind of water or the field would be unplayable in a matter of minutes."


Mr. Clark, dubbed the "guru of grass" by event organizers, said a decision to open the SkyDome's roof during the matches will depend on the weather.

In preparation for the event, Princeton, Ont.'s Manderley Turfgrass, a company that also supplies turf grass for golf courses, trucked more than 2,800 rolls of Ontario-grown Kentucky blue grass into the SkyDome late Wednesday night.

Each roll of sod -- almost double the thickness of normal sod -- weighs about 2,000 pounds and is nine to 12 metres long, 1.2 metres wide and 3.8 to five centimetres thick.

Mr. Clark said the sheer weight of the soil means it does not have to be anchored to the floor.

Approximately 16 hours of work is required to ensure the grass is "soccer ready" for tonight's kickoff between FC Porto and Liverpool. The total cost for installing the grass was about $500,000, he said.

ChampionsWorld spokesman Jim Trecker said yesterday that the massive effort and cost involved in bringing the natural turf to the SkyDome were undertaken because the players refused to play on an artificial surface.

But for Toronto fans and players who are hoping that the giant lawn might serve as a permanent replacement for the SkyDome's much-maligned artificial turf, organizers say it's unlikely.

Other teams in the 10-day 2004 ChampionsWorld series include Manchester United, Chelsea, AC Milan and Bayern Munich. The matches will be in seven North American venues.

Laying it on thick

A team of more than 50 people was scheduled to work for 16 hours straight to install the first real grass soccer field in the SkyDome. After the grass has been rolled out and aligned on the concrete floor, the crew is relying on the sheer weight of the sod to hold it in place.

Timeline

(as of 4 p.m. yesterday)

Wednesday night: Removal of the SkyDome's artificial turf. At a nearby turf farm, crew began cutting the sod and loading it onto trucks.

Yesterday, 6 a.m.: First trucks arrived with sod, installation began

Yesterday, 7 p.m.: All sod was scheduled to be down and in place. A multiple-step treatment process was to start, which included top-dressing the grass, grooming and trimming it, correcting any flaws in the seams, rolling and packing the sod extra flat, mowing it, then cutting aesthetic patterns into it.

Today, 6 a.m.: The field was to have been ready to have the lines painted.

The grass surface

The sod used for the field has a deep base which is a whole inch thicker than normal sod. The cross section below shows its actual dept.

Grass: 3.2 cm.

Dirt base: 4.45 cm.
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