With less than ten days to go to the opening of the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal, construction work is still continuing on the main stadium.
GV Construction work going on outside stadium (3 shots)
SV Construction workers with wire on trolley
LV Heavy construction machines at work outside stadium (3 shots)
SV INT Stadium with crane overhead
GV INT Stadium
SV Workers on seating
CU & LV Construction work inside stadium (3 shots)
GV EXT Queen Elizabeth Hotel
CU INT Hotel--guests searched with electronic equipment
SV Incoming parcels passing through electronic scanning machines (2 shots)
SCU Sniffers dogs searching laundry and incoming gods (2 shots)
GV & CU EXT "Teleglobe" building (2 shots)
CU INT Strike posters (4 shots)
LV & CU Radar dish beside "Teleglobe" sign (2 shots)
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Background: With less than ten days to go to the opening of the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal, construction work is still continuing on the main stadium.
SYNOPSIS: Great areas are being landscaped outside the stadium in an effort to complete the basic requirements for the official opening on 17 July. A new French-style metro service will help to reduce the major traffic problem that could otherwise block the roads in the surrounding area during the games. But although some of the original plans for the Olympics have now been completed, others have bene only half finished or totally abandoned.
The most spectacular and dominating feature of the main stadium was to have been the great olympic tower. Soaring over the stadium, the tower was to have supported a specially designed roof and house press offices. But a series of crises during the last two years put the entire construction programme behind and what was to have been a high tower has remained a diminutive stump.
Another feature of this year's Olympics will be the heavy security, which has now ben extended to the Queen Elizabeth Hotel, headquarters of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for the Games. People are searched as they enter the hotel and packages are scanned by special electronic equipment to ensure that no weapons or explosives are smuggled into the building. The Queen Elizabeth is in the same hotel group as the London Hilton where a bomb exploded last year. The management of the Canadian hotel is hoping it can avoid a similar event during the high risk period of the Games.
But even if the terrorists are kept away, there is yet another threat to the games. Hundreds of millions of television viewers around the world may not see the Olympics if a strike of satellite technicians goes ahead. The men are seeking a salary increase and have warned that if their demands are not met they will strike and boycott the Olympics.