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Olympic bid marred by MSG opposition.

As state and local dignitaries stood among thousands of New Yorkers on the Brooklyn Bridge to send off the city's bid for 2012 Olympics, Madison Square Garden officials advertised their opposition to the building of Jets stadium that will become home to the games.

The filing of the 600-page Olympic Candidature File, the "Bid Book", launched the final stage of the international competition for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

But Madison Square Garden officials, who have not been supportive of the Jets' plans to build a sports and convention center on the far West Side, took out a full-page ad in metro newspapers that featured a letter from MSG Chairman James Dolan to Mayor Michael Bloomberg stating MSG's stance.

Garden officials disagree with the city's conclusion that the Olympic bid is contingent on the construction of the $1.4 billion Jets stadium, but support the state and city's plan to expand the Javits Center.

"No host city has begun construction of a new stadium before winning the Olympic bid," said Dolan's letter. "We should not hold Javits expansion hostage to a football stadium. And as for the football stadium, legitimate, unanswered questions demand a thorough review."

MSG also announced its plans for a $300 million upgrade to the home of the Knicks and Rangers and have hired Canadian firm, Brisbin Brook Beynon, to make changes to The Garden's arena, concourses, locker rooms and staging areas.

Meanwhile the Olympic Bid Book was due at IOC Headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland, on Monday and details every aspect of a proposed New York Games in 2012. It addresses the following themes as required by the IOC: Legacy, Politics, Legal, Customs, the Environment, Finance, Marketing, Sport, Paralympics, the Olympic Village, Medical, Security, Accommodation, Transport, Technology, Media and Olympism/Culture.

"New York City's Olympic Dream, now ten years in the making, has truly been a marathon, and for the next eight months, we're going to work harder than ever to win the bid for the Olympic Games in 2012," said Bloomberg.

"Getting the Olympics would be a huge boost for New York economically, developmentally, and spiritually. The most talented people in the world have always come to New York to prove they have what it takes, so it makes perfect sense for the best athletes in the world to come here for the same reason," U.S. Sen. Charles E. Schumer said.

New York's bid is the only fully privately-funded bid of the international Candidate Cities. During the U.S. phase of the competition, NYC2012 raised $15 million from corporations, unions, foundations and individuals.

New York City is competing with four other Candidate Cities for the fight to host the 2012 Games: London, Madrid, Moscow and Pads. An IOC Evaluation Commission will visit the cities in Spring 2005 (New York dates: February 21-24) and the Host City will be selected on July 6, 2005 in Singapore.
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Title Annotation:Construction & Design; Madison Square Garden
Author:Nelson, Barbara
Publication:Real Estate Weekly
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Nov 17, 2004
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