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SBD/May 4, 2012/Olympics
LOCOG Puts Finishing Touches On Olympic Venues, Keeps Structures Within Budget
Published May 4, 2012
FINISHING TOUCHES: NBC's Michelle Kosinski Thursday on "Today" discussed London's efforts to get ready for the upcoming Olympic Games. Kosinski said the big venues "are impressively -- even eye-poppingly -- constructed. Only finishing is needed.” LOCOG CEO Paul Deighton said after some of the test events, there had to be some “tweaking” to some of the venues. Deighton said, “That’s the point” of having test matches at the venues. Deighton: “It’s always interesting when you talk to (people), ‘Did you find anything wrong in the test?’ ‘Well, of course we did.’” Kosinski asked Deighton, “Do you feel like you have to top the last one or outdo Beijing?” Deighton: “Every city brings something completely different.” Kosinski added, “Even though this Games could cost $17 billion, organizers say it’s been very important that every dollars goes toward the future, whether it’s reusing these venues or simply marketing England” (“Today,” NBC, 5/3).
TOURIST DESTINATION: Bloomberg TV's Mark Crumpton noted one of the "major issues" during the Games will be transportation, as half-a-million “extra visitors are expected to arrive in the U.K. by air" and around "80% of those visitors will be landing at Heathrow." Bloomberg TV’s Louis Beale said Heathrow is building a new terminal “exclusively for London 2012’s Olympic athletes and although many haven’t even arrived yet, it’s been put up for when they leave as 65% of those coming to London for the Games will all pack up and fly home the day after" the Games are over. Beale said the terminal “is pretty big.” The terminal will “only be open for 72 hours after the Closing Ceremony," but the British Airport Authority says its "vital to help keep Heathrow moving" ("Bloomberg Bottom Line," Bloomberg TV, 5/2).