Planners under the clock; decision on July 6

NEW YORK -- Their Olympic dream suddenly revived and
drastically revised, New York planners were immersed Monday in the
tedious work of putting together technical proposals for the 2012
Games centered on a stadium in Queens.
NYC2012 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 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 NYC2012 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 new plan would put the Olympic stadium near the Olympic
village and the International Broadcast Center, also planned for
Paris, London, Madrid and Moscow are the other finalist cities
for the 2012 Games. IOC evaluations of the five bids released last
week appeared to give Paris the edge.
Kriegel and Bloomberg suggested on Monday that the IOC should be
impressed with the city's ability to make quick changes to
unforeseen circumstances.
"Faced with adversity, New York has gotten back up off the mat
very quickly and has demonstrated the capacity to put something
big, bold and incredibly complicated together in just a few days,"
Kriegel said.
Bloomberg said all New York City construction unions have signed
a no-strike pledge for Olympic-related projects, soothing an IOC
The mayor, appearing at an unrelated event in Queens, also said
New York could offer unmatched diversity, with hometown crowds
speaking the languages and waving the flags of the athletes.
"And they would have all gotten there by the subway," he said.
"No one else can possibly do that."