Also read that the "Bird's Nest' in Beijing is in disuse:
"The only confirmed event at the 91,000-seat stadium this year is Puccini's opera "Turandot," set for Aug. 8 — the one-year anniversary of the Olympics' opening ceremony. The stadium has no permanent tenant after Beijing's top football club, Guo'an, backed out of a deal to play there."The Olympics have become a big money pit, in which countries build things they don't have much use for, at the expense of their social safety net. In Athens, host of the 2004 Olympics:
"many of the venues are still vacant ... promised parks never materialized, and new transportation infrastructure has caused problems like flooding and increased traffic... Citizens question the event's $15 billion price tag – most of it paid for by the state."The Beijing Olympics were celebrated as a cultural milestone and, for this reason, the $ 40 billion cost was generally accepted by the mainland population. But, the U.K. population will not be so accepting for the 2012 Games, given that they are going into a major recession, and have hosted the Olympics before. Which is fine. Hopefully the Olympics will become more centered on the athlete, and less on the production value - with its resulting expense.