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  • As to the seating capacity, face the facts, the WC in large stadiums has not sold out and empty seats look bad on television. Thank goodness the seating will be reduced in the Olympic Stadium in London by 2017.

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    • Originally posted by AS View Post
      In an AirBnB-world (and whatever has evolved beyond that in 6 years time) hotel space is less and less of a constraint. If a few thousand equivalents to Atticus' sister decide to rent out their spare rooms/floorspace/backyards/ driveways in Eugene, accommodation shouldn't be a problem.

      The bigger challenge might be getting folks to the city by plane... More tricky than Edmonton I presume.
      I imagine a lot of folks will fly into Portland and drive down to Eugene - perhaps stopping at a winery or two to stock provisions along the way.

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      • Originally posted by Halfmiler2 View Post
        As to the seating capacity, face the facts, the WC in large stadiums has not sold out and empty seats look bad on television. Thank goodness the seating will be reduced in the Olympic Stadium in London by 2017.
        I suspect London is that rare bird which would have (at least for all intents and purposes) been able to fill the Olympic Stadium for the WC.

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        • Originally posted by norunner View Post
          maybe we should let Walmart buy the 2024 games to be held in Bentonville.
          Works for me, though they'd have to move it down to Fayetteville, which has a nice, expandable facility, a fine indoor facility and a track fan base second only to Eugene's (with all their NCAA titles, NW Arkansas fans have been following the sport a long time).

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          • Originally posted by gh View Post
            I suspect London is that rare bird which would have (at least for all intents and purposes) been able to fill the Olympic Stadium for the WC.
            Not only would it sell out but it would do so 2 years in advance.

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            • I think hotel rooms are a bigger problem than stadium seats. As noted earlier, adding another 10-15k via stands at the ends at Hayward Field should be adequate (though perhaps not fully meeting demand). I'm guessing there will be a lot of busing to and from Portland and other points north.

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              • Originally posted by berkeley View Post
                I'm guessing there will be a lot of busing to and from Portland and other points north.
                That's a 2-hour bus ride. Do you really think a lot of people are going to do that every day? I dunno.

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                • As mentioned above, there is already a big presence of AirBnB; think what changes in products and services we are seeing in such a time frame. Also as mentioned, the Ducks football games draw a lot more people than will be at the WCs, while it is true many are local, a lot come from afar and want to party so stay overnight.

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                  • Originally posted by 26mi235 View Post
                    Also as mentioned, the Ducks football games draw a lot more people than will be at the WCs, while it is true many are local, a lot come from afar and want to party so stay overnight.
                    I doubt the number of people actually staying overnight for a football game is higher than what we're going to see for the WC. And those who do, will usually come for one night only, and will be more willing to rough it than the folks who will be there for 9 days.
                    And for the total number of visitors, we're not just talking fans - think how many participants and team members are there for a football game vs for the T&FN champs. Add the journalists etc. and you're talking thousands of people before you can even start thinking about the fans.
                    Było smaszno, a jaszmije smukwijne...

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                    • Originally posted by gh View Post
                      I suspect London is that rare bird which would have (at least for all intents and purposes) been able to fill the Olympic Stadium for the WC.
                      No doubt. If I remember correctly, the 2013 DL meet there sold out in a couple of hours and that was for two days. What I don't understand is why they would need to tarp the upper deck. I look at London as one of the toughest WC tickets in many years.

                      To those Europeans complaining about what a tough ticket Hayward will be, where were you when the event was held a short plane ride away in Moscow? I doubt if more than a few thousand fans from Western Europe attended every day, based on the nearly empty stands for AM sessions.
                      Last edited by bruce3404; 04-19-2015, 06:36 PM.

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                      • And you know, none of the national media cover Oregon football these days. And, the more years that they are at the top the more hotels and other accommodations will be built. Eugene/Springfield (they are essentially one city) is 250,000 - small but not tiny, and growing fairly rapidly. Accommodations will be adequate for everyone except those wanting 5-star hotels, and I really feel sorry for them -- not.

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                        • Yes, there is one hotel in town that I would consider 5 star-like, but it only has about a dozen rooms, if that. Surrounding communities within 30 minutes drive (Cottage Grove, Creswell, Coburg) offer more rooms and you've got Corvallis and Albany about an hour away (though I sure wouldn't want to drive that far twice a day with nowhere to rest between sessions). A good answer would be high speed rail between Eugene and Portland, but the US government seems to have no interest in HS rail outside the Boston/NY/DC corridors and they're sure not going to build one for a track meet.

                          In past years, the dorms across the street from Hayward have been available for fans during the Olympic Trials. Not sure if they'll be reserved for athletes and/or other credentialed people during the WC. So much to sort out over the next few years, but Eugene will get it done.
                          Last edited by bruce3404; 04-19-2015, 07:11 PM.

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                          • Originally posted by tandfman View Post
                            That's a 2-hour bus ride. Do you really think a lot of people are going to do that every day? I dunno.
                            Not normally, no, but I'm not sure there will be any other option, since I don't know what developer would build enough hotel capacity in Eugene. Maybe they'll co-opt all the student housing at UO and make that available to anyone willing to stay there.

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                            • I assumed that the athletes and team staffs would be staying in the student housing, as they did at the World Juniors last year.

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                              • Originally posted by bruce3404 View Post
                                A good answer would be high speed rail between Eugene and Portland, but the US government seems to have no interest in HS rail outside the Boston/NY/DC corridors and they're sure not going to build one for a track meet.
                                Haha. California can't even get one built between two giant metro centers, with all the economic incentives behind that.

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