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  • Conor Dary
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    I just remembered that it is 50 years ago that the Pan Am Games were in Chicago. With tandf in Soldier's Field.

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  • Conor Dary
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    Originally posted by gh
    Didn't the most recent of plans call for basically tearing down the stadium once done, like Atlanta? :-(
    I thought the 'plan' was to reduce it to a smaller size stadium and keep the track. But with Daley who knows. Would be a shame to get rid of it.
    But if it had been in Soldier's Field it definitely would have gone. But apparently SF is not big enough for the Olys.

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  • lonewolf
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    Were you there, gm? Dunno what gave you that idea, I thought I was being ambiguous..

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  • gm
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    Originally posted by lonewolf
    Originally posted by Conor Dary
    [they will be still painting the lines on the track on opening day. .
    Semi-humorous incident: A few years ago a major university put in a sparkling new facility. Construction was delayed weeks by bad weather. They were literally painting the lane markings on the morning of first meet on the new track.
    In the first race on the new track, Mens Decathlon 100m, every runner broke the worlds record. After a 30 minute hiatus, they moved em back 10 meters and re-ran the race.
    They should have finished it SOONER! :wink:

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  • lonewolf
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    Originally posted by Conor Dary
    [they will be still painting the lines on the track on opening day. .
    Semi-humorous incident: A few years ago a major university put in a sparkling new facility. Construction was delayed weeks by bad weather. They were literally painting the lane markings on the morning of first meet on the new track.
    In the first race on the new track, Mens Decathlon 100m, every runner broke the worlds record. After a 30 minute hiatus, they moved em back 10 meters and re-ran the race.

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  • gh
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    Didn't the most recent of plans call for basically tearing down the stadium once done, like Atlanta? :-(

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  • Conor Dary
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    Originally posted by gh
    If by "track in Washington Park" you mean the Olympic Stadium, history (other than the Bird's Nest) would seem to tell us that they'll still be slapping the last coat of paint on it as the athletes begin the march-in at the Opening Ceremony!
    I am afraid you are right. And with the slowness that the Daley crowd moves they will be still painting the lines on the track on opening day.

    Still it should be a nice track after the Olys, which wouldn't be the case if it was in Soldier's Field.

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  • gh
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    If by "track in Washington Park" you mean the Olympic Stadium, history (other than the Bird's Nest) would seem to tell us that they'll still be slapping the last coat of paint on it as the athletes begin the march-in at the Opening Ceremony!

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  • Conor Dary
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    Originally posted by kevinsdad
    Depaul University would also be a potential host school
    I don't know anything about De Paul, except that their basketball team went 0-18 in the Big East. If they have a track team they sure keep it a secret. However, Loyola is a solid Division 1 team and having talked to the men's coach I think they would love to be the frontmen for an NCAA bid.

    If Chicago gets 2016 in October, the track in Washington Park would hopefully be in place for a meet by 2014 or 15.

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  • kevinsdad
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    Depaul University would also be a potential host school

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  • gh
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    If the Olympics is impending and there's a facility in place, I suspect it would take very little encouragement for Loyola to volunteer to be the frontman for what would probably end up being something run by the Chicago equivalent of the Sports Commission that did all the heavy lifting in Sacto.

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  • Conor Dary
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    Originally posted by gh
    Serious question: who would act as the host institution with Chicago and Northwestern not being in the game anymore? As far as I know, at least nominally the NCAA requires a specific school to be "in charge."
    Perhaps Loyola University on the North Side, where Tom O'Hara still holds the mile record (I, of course, had to ask). My nephew is being recruited by some schools and we went to visit Loyola a couple of weeks ago. They are in process of building a new outdoor track.

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  • Pego
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    Originally posted by gh
    Serious question: who would act as the host institution with Chicago and Northwestern not being in the game anymore? As far as I know, at least nominally the NCAA requires a specific school to be "in charge."
    What was that school in Sacramento? Sac State? What about Indianapolis? Indiana/[email protected]? There is a UofI-Chicago, just a stonethrow away from Washington Park. I didn't think Northwestern has a T&F program at all. Am I wrong? Too lazy to look it up.

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  • gh
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    Serious question: who would act as the host institution with Chicago and Northwestern not being in the game anymore? As far as I know, at least nominally the NCAA requires a specific school to be "in charge."

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  • Conor Dary
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    I know there have been oodles of stories on this topic, but this story had such a splashy title in the print edition and besides, the IOC is visting the Windy City today, and it is not looking good.

    However, I still believe Chicago will 'win' the 2016 games. Then Chicago will have a fancy track in Washington Park and we can then have the NCAA meet here again. :P

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