Venue News & Notes: Olympic-Scale Recycling

Topping the headlines in today’s venue news is a report that London’s Olympic Stadium, which will anchor the 2012 summer Olympic Games, might be torn down and rebuilt after the Closing Ceremonies to host a football club.

London mayor Boris Johnson has refused to rule out the possibility the Olympic stadium might be pulled down and rebuilt after 2012. The 80,000-capacity stadium will be the centerpiece of the venues to be built at the Olympic Park in
Stratford, East London, and will host track and field events. After the Olympics, it may be reduced to a 25,000-seat venue to host the West Ham, Leyton Orient, or Tottenham football club…
…The Detroit City Council has granted Tiger Stadium a stay of execution. The council voted 5-3 this week to reject a resolution that would have authorized the immediate demolition of the historic ballpark. Hopes for preserving and reusing the historic stadium have swirled since the last out on Sept. 27, 1999. But efforts gained new urgency when demolition of the ballpark began in late June…
…Columbus, Ohio, City Council is set for a vote before the end of the month on legislation that would clear the way for Arena District developer Nationwide Realty Investors Ltd. to begin the final $250 million phase of the area…
…A national TV audience got a look at Florida Atlantic University’s home stadium Tuesday night when the Owls hosted
Troy University in an ESPN2 game. The Owls are hoping they have to use Lockhart Stadium for only one more year before they move into a new stadium on FAU’s main campus in
Boca Raton. Progress is being made on plans for that stadium, according to FAU Athletic Director Craig Angelos…
…Jersey City mayor Jerramiah T. Healy, superintendent of schools Charles T. Epps Jr., and Hudson County executive Thomas DeGise were among those who cut the ribbon on a new field at Cochrane Stadium this week. The old field, an 11-year-old Astroturf carpet, was ripped out in April after concerns were raised about the amount of lead it contained…
…The city of Kent, WA, has signed a 10-year, $3.175 million deal with VisionOne Inc. to have the Kent Events Center renamed after VisionOne’s ShoWare ticketing service. Fresno, Calif.-based VisionOne’s ShoWare will also be the exclusive ticketing service for the facility’s main tenant, the Seattle Thunderbirds hockey team, and other events.