Olympic Stadium for athletics and Opening Ceremonies & Closing ceremonies
A bid city does not have to have a stadium built before entering the bid process. A bid city only needs to propose an Olympic stadium, and more importantly, what the city will do with the Olympic Stadium after the games are over. The city does not even need to keep the stadium – the stadium can be completely torn down after the games and closing ceremonies.
One of the largest temporary stadiums built was for the Albertville Winter Olympics. The temporary 35,000 seat stadium was used only for the opening ceremonies and closing ceremonies, then the stadium was torn down and relocated 2 years later for use in the Barcelona Olympics.
The London2012 Olympics used a temporary 12,000 seat basketball arena. It will be demolished and recycled in 2013.
The Atlanta1996 Olympics Committee built the $200 million Centennial Olympic Stadium with over 85,000 seats for the games, and opening ceremonies and closing ceremonies, and then reduced the seating after the games to 50,097 seats for the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field. The removed stadium seat were reused for area high schools.
Because Olympic Stadiums do not need to be permanent, they can be designed ahead of time, for their use after the games are over, so that they are a positive economic engine for the region.
The 2016 IOC Working Group Report lists on page 39 a minimum seating requirement for the opening ceremonies and closing ceremonies, as well as the track and field events, to be a minimum of 60,000 seats. This is much less than the 90,000 seats number that is mythically mentioned when discussing Olympic Stadiums.
The Tulsa2024 Exploratory committee believes that Tulsa could copy the Atlanta1996 model by building an Olympic stadium of at least 75,000 seats, and right-size the facility after the games for an economically viable business engine for downtown Tulsa.
The US Olympic Committee recommends the 2024 bid cities strive for a 75,000 seat stadium, or larger.
Tulsa could build a 60,000 to 75,000 seat stadium in order to bid for the Games and opening ceremonies and closing ceremonies, however, The Tulsa2024 Exploratory Committee would like to have a dialog with Tulsa to come up with a plan for a stadium after the 2024 games are over, so that the remaining facility will have a positive economic engine for the Tulsa region.
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The 19,000 seat BOk Center is incrementally larger than the pre-existing venues and arenas, and as a result, brought in larger acts that previously bypassed Tulsa. However, the BOk Center is too small to serve as the Olympic Stadium.
Would reducing the Olympic stadium after the Games are over from 75,000 seats to 40,000, or 30,000 seats be the best fit for Tulsa? What is the next larger size area Tulsa needs in order to attract more acts? Would this new stadium bring in more business to downtown, and revitalize Tulsa? We’d like the City of Tulsa to think about what size an arena needs to be to be economically viable that is the next step above the BOk center.
To recognize Native America, the Olympic stadium could be constructed to represent a symbol common to all Native American tribes.
During the Atlanta games, 1,134,558 athletics tickets were sold. 68,047 tickets were sold for the opening ceremony, and 55,796 were sold for the closing ceremony.
There are 2,000 athletes for the Track & Field events. The 2,000 athletes & coaches could be accommodated at Olympic Villages at the University of Tulsa, or Oral Roberts University.
Tulsa has land available for a proposed Olympic Stadium, and has offered it for development. Tulsa2024 proposes using the River West bank land for the Olympic Stadium and Olympic park.
The Tulsa River West land could be used for: