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NEW YORK: Venue plans get a tweak,financial pledge on hold

Site reconfigurations were the biggest changes in NYC2012's revised bid, as the group trying to bring the Olympics to New York redrew its plans for the Olympic Village and Stadium.

While the locations did not change, the stadium now is designed more as part of a new convention center, so when not in use for athletics, the sports facility could be used by conventioneers. The village, located in Queens, was altered to improve sight lines for the local neighborhood.

"While our bid is fundamentally the same ... we provided greater detail for certain events, and a new plan for the southern extension of the [Jacob K.] Javits [Convention] Center that would serve as the Olympic Stadium, and some site modifications to the Olympic Village," said Dan Doctoroff, president of NYC2012.

The village is in the center of what's been dubbed the "Olympic X" plan. The plan puts the majority of the venues that would be used for the Games along ferry and rail lines in an X shape.

Perhaps the biggest omission from the original bid remains blank in the revised one: a financial guarantee from the local government, as required by the U.S. Olympic Committee. NYC2012 Executive Director Jay Kriegel said the group is still working with the city and state governments to obtain the guarantee, which would cover cost overruns. Resolution of the matter is expected later this year.

Other venue adjustments include providing additional details about the planned site of the Games' rowing competition in Queens, and some physical plan changes for Baker Field in Manhattan, where field hockey would be played. Greater detail is provided for the road races, like cycling and mountain biking, Kriegel said.

"Before, we just had route maps," he said.

The group is moving forward on planning several events this year, including the world wrestling championships in September at Madison Square Garden. NYC2012 hired sports marketer Scott Lange, the former marketing officer for the New York City Marathon, to sell sponsorships for the event, and promoter John Korff to sell tickets.

NYC2012 will host archery and triathlon championships this summer, as the group looks to build support for the Olympic effort through hosting other amateur sporting events.   

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