N.Y. scrambling to save 2012 bid

Olympics

June 10, 2005|By CHICAGO TRIBUNE

CHICAGO - New York's 2012 Olympic bid team apparently is trying to remake the Miracle on 34th Street.

NYC2012 founder Dan Doctoroff called the International Olympic Committee yesterday to ask the procedure for changing the Olympic stadium plans outlined in its candidature file and was told the bid could be submitted with adjustments.

A New York state board's Monday decision to reject $300 million in state funding for the planned $2.2 billion stadium project just south of West 34th Street imperiled the New York Olympic bid. There have been suggestions New York might withdraw before the IOC members vote July 6 for the 2012 Summer Games host city.

One option to revive the bid would be to replace the $300 million with private funding. Another would be to build a stadium in Queens, which is considered highly unlikely.

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