• Short Summary

    SYNOPSIS: Under an unrelenting rhythm of construction the great Olympic complex moves ever closer to its moment of destiny - the stadium now quite finished in appearance,
    with roofing above the stands well over half-way installed.

  • Description

    SYNOPSIS: Under an unrelenting rhythm of construction the great Olympic complex moves ever closer to its moment of destiny - the stadium now quite finished in appearance,
    with roofing above the stands well over half-way installed.

    Two 40-ton electronic scoreboards await placement.

    The larger of the two scoreboards will be positioned at the top of the mast base.

    The hemispheres on either side of the mast base, which enclose a 10,000 square meter swimming pool complex, now have their sky domes installed.

    They generously admit daylight over stands where 10,000 spectators will witness the world's finest swimmers and divers perform.

    The swimming complex space will be reduced after the Games to make room for a five-lane 250 metre track.

    The multi-level diving platform stands ready for Olympic hopefuls.

    Within this vast area will be pools of every size and purpose and a host of other facilities such as a gymnasium, medical centre, a cafeteria and 1500 dressing cubicles for male and female athletes.

    Spectators will be kept well informed on athletes 'performance results by two 33 foot high and 10 foot thick electronic matrix scoreboards.

    Immensely complicated, they will be able to display any character as well as provide computer animation. They will also feature instant replay of an event with a complete video picture on its panoramic 33 foot by 65 foot screen even from remote Olympic sites. Each unit contains 19,200 40- Watt bulbs and varies through 16 shades of grey allowing for video reproduction.

    While the larger, 170 foot wide scoreboard awaits placement, the smaller 115 foot wide unit is already anchored to the cantilever beams above the stands at the Stadium's southern end.

    The task of hoisting many hundreds of roof slabs onto cantilevered beams which overhang the stadium seating by 50 meters, will soon be over for the giant cranes.

    Construction of the Velodnome is now long completed, both on its exterior, as well as its gracefully vaulted interior spanning an impressive 190 meters.

    An interesting architectural feature are the amazingly strong precast "Y" shaped beams which taper to a mere 4 inches at either end.

    Cooling and heating will be supplied through multi-conducted units overhanging the upper-most row of seats.

    Like great modern pyramids the striking 19 stories high Olympic Village buildings stand waiting to become a temporary home for 10,000 athletes from every nation.

    The summer of the '76 Games will soon be upon us, and Montreal's vast Olympic complex will be proudly on-stage to the whole world.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA3W83JQWNCJKR796HFFCMA2YIA
    Media URN:
    VLVA3W83JQWNCJKR796HFFCMA2YIA
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    22/03/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:04:14:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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