• Short Summary

    The cost of staging the Olympic Games in Munich is now estimated to have reached a staggering 240-million pounds sterling -- four times as much as Munich's original estimate when it applied for the honour in 1966.

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    The cost of staging the Olympic Games in Munich is now estimated to have reached a staggering 240-million pounds sterling -- four times as much as Munich's original estimate when it applied for the honour in 1966.

    But Munich has got a lot for its money: several ultra-modern sports stadia, new and attractive pleasure parks, improved city transportation and some architectural experiments which will themselves be a major tourist lure after the competitors return home.

    The new Olympic city was literally born out of the rubble of World War Two. The rolling hills which separate the different areas of the Olympic site are in fact rubble left behind in Munich during the heavy bombing of the last world war.

    But Munich now rises out of that rubble into a city of tinted glass and steel towers. A space age fantasy in which one of the dominant features is a huge plexiglass roof that soars and swoops over the main stadia in a series of eccentric curves. Transparent panels will protect spectators from glare, without affecting the light for colour television pictures.

    The adventurous structure rises more than two-hundred feet (66 metres) at its highest peak, which is just above the deep diving pool.

    Opinion about the roof, which alone has cost 20-million pounds sterling, is divided. Some Bavarians have called the concept an engineering miracle - others less complimentary, have compared the 92-thousand square yard roof (74,800 square meters) to a collapsed circus tent.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA2DNV119HFSZ7EB74I3L7XG60U
    Media URN:
    VLVA2DNV119HFSZ7EB74I3L7XG60U
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    15/08/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:52:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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