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Date: Tuesday, September 12, 2000

Release #343-00

Contact: Sunny Mindel/Curt Ritter (212) 788-2958
  Kathleen Lobb 212-953-2012 x236 (NYC2012)


NYC2012 Launches Official Olympic Website at

Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani and NYC2012 President Daniel L. Doctoroff today unveiled a plan outlining the proposed sites and facilities that would be used if New York City is chosen to host the 2012 Olympic Games.

The plan calls for competition venues in the City's five boroughs and the New Jersey Meadowlands to be located along an "Olympic X," comprised of two intersecting transit axes. Ferry terminals would be built along the waterfront at the Olympic venues which on the north-south water axis of the "Olympic X," would follow the Harlem and East Rivers and then cross the Hudson Bay to Staten Island. The east-west rail axis would follow the Long Island Rail Road commuter rail line from Flushing Meadows, across Queens and Manhattan, and link to New Jersey Transit to the Meadowlands in New Jersey. The plan would allow athletes to reach their events by traveling on high-speed Olympic Ferries and an Olympic Rail line that would eliminate any travel on City streets or highways.

In addition, NYC2012 announced the launch of its official website located at The site features maps and photographs of the Olympic venues along the "Olympic X," as well as additional information about New York City's Olympic bid.

"This plan for the 2012 Olympic Games in New York makes use of our City's greatest assets - its waterways, mass transit, wonderful parks, world-class facilities and scenic vistas," said Mayor Giuliani. "This would be an exciting event, set in spectacular venues and an international city that would spotlight the extraordinary feats of Olympic athletes and the ideals of the Olympic movement. These Olympic Games would also bring lasting benefits to communities in all five boroughs. I want to thank Dan Doctoroff and his staff at NYC2012 for their efforts and hard work in submitting the City's proposal to the United States Olympic Committee."

NYC2012 President Daniel L. Doctoroff said, "We are making this plan and our website public on the eve of the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney. As New Yorkers
watch the extraordinary feats of Olympic athletes in Sydney's stunning Olympic venues, this information will help them visualize how exciting and dramatic an Olympic Games in New York in 2012 would be.

"We remain grateful to Mayor Giuliani and the many City officials who continue to provide support for our efforts," Mr. Doctoroff continued. "On behalf of NYC2012, I would also like to thank Governor Pataki and various State officials, as well as New Jersey Governor Whitman and her staff, who have also been constant sources of assistance in the development of this plan."

The plan calls for an Olympic Stadium - to be used for track and field events, as well as for the opening and closing ceremonies - to be built on the West Side of Manhattan, over the Long Island Rail Road yards.

Proposed sites along the "Olympic X" include:

Most spectators would reach events using the City's subway system, which NYC2012's transportation studies have concluded can easily handle the hundreds of thousands of spectators expected to attend daily Olympic events. The Olympic Games are scheduled to take place from July 27 through August 12, when the number of daily commuters is estimated at more than 800,000, well below the autumn high of 4.2 million daily commuters.

NYC2012 will submit its 600-page bid, including details on each competition site, to the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) by December 15, 2000. In the fall of 2002 the USOC will select the U.S. Candidate City from eight competing bids. In 2005, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) will select the Host City for the 2012 Games.

The Mayor and Mr. Doctoroff were joined at today's press conference in City Hall by former Olympians Aliane Baquerot, Rhythmic Gymnastics 1996; Otis Davis, Track & Field 1960; Gail Marquis, Basketball 1976; and Dominick Minicucci, Gymnastics 1988 and 1992.

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