Twenty years ago, Catherine Freeman, a proud Indigenous Australian athlete, lit the Olympic Cauldron marking the Opening Ceremony of Sydney 2000 – a Games that celebrated not only sports achievement but also unity, forgiveness, resilience and innovation.
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An online petition, which was posted on Change.org, opposing the plan to demolish and rebuild both Stadium Australia and the Sydney Football Stadium has attracted more than 130,000 signatures.
“We, the undersigned, respectfully call on the Premier of NSW, Gladys Berejiklian, and the NSW Cabinet, to reconsider their decision to knock down two perfectly fine sports stadiums – the Olympic Stadium and Sydney Football Stadium – at a staggering cost of $2Billion, to replace them with new ones, at a time when there is ZERO public demand to replace either.”
Thursday, the New South Wales government decided to push ahead with the plan to demolish both Stadium Australia and the Sydney Football Stadium. Both venues were used during the Sydney Olympic Games in 2000. The two stadiums will be replaced at a cost of more than $2bn. Read more about this story on Business Insider Australia.
Stadium Australia (ANZ Stadium)
Venue Stadium Australia Olympics Sydney 2000 Architect Populous Capacity 82,500 Seats (110,000 during Summer Olympics) Olympic Sports Ceremonies (opening/closing), Athletics, Football (final)
Sydney Football Stadium (Allianz Stadium)
Venue Sydney Football Stadium Olympics Sydney 2000 Architect Philip Cox, Richardson & Taylor Capacity 44,000 Seats Olympic Sports Football
Venue Stadium Australia Olympics Sydney 2000 Architect Populous Capacity 82,500 Seats (110,000 during Summer Olympics) Olympic Sports Ceremonies (opening/closing), Athletics, Football (final) More informationWikipedia
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On April 14, 2016, Mary Margaret Jones, President and Senior Principal of Hargreaves Associates, San Francisco and Cambridge, and Hargreaves Jones Landscape Architecture in New York, delivered the Public Lecture in Garden and Landscape Studies at the Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection in Washington, D.C. Titled “Olympic Landscapes: Green and Greenest,” Jones examined in depth her firm’s work designing Olympic parks for the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney and the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
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