(WFI) The Vancouver 2010 Olympic cauldron will be visible during 201 Women’s World Cup broadcasts in the United States.
Fox Sports, who owns the United States rights to the tournament, will have their set at a seaside location near the cauldron, according to a planning update, unveiled on Apr. 15, by B.C. Event Management sport hosting manager Michelle Collens.
Fox will broadcast inside an elaborate two-level temporary building to be constructed at the north end of Jack Poole Plaza, next to the Vancouver Convention Centre’s west complex. The complex served as the international broadcast center during the 2010 Games. Included in the set is a large projector screen where fans will be able to watch World Cup matches.
City of Vancouver said it is spending $1.5 million of taxpayers’ funds, including $1.2 million on a fan zone at Larwill Park near B.C. Place Stadium.
Vancouver event producer Brand. Live and amateur sport umbrella group Sport BC will operate the fan zone, which will include a FIFA VIP hospitality area, food trucks, miniature pitch and, potentially, a pride house for gay and lesbian athletes and fans.
The city’s budget forecast expects to earn $118,000 in revenue, and claims to have “inquiries” from two unnamed parties that might rent space for hospitality at the fan zone. Canada 2015 has filled only three of its available six national sponsor slots with less than two months until the June 6 kickoff in Edmonton, Alberta.
The fan zone will operate for 12 days coinciding with the nine matches at B.C. Place Stadium, including Canada’s matches and national aboriginal day.
The Province of British Columbia has granted the National Organizing Committee $2 million, and is putting more than $800,000 into the $1.327 million cost of installing a new synthetic turf pitch in B.C. Place, which will host the July 5 final. Canadian Soccer Association and Rugby Canada are pledging $250,000 each for the new Polytan field.
FIFA, which reported a $338 million profit for 2011 to 2014, is contributing just $65,000 for a Live Your Goals festival and fan zone pageantry.
Collens said that the Australian national team will use Empire Fields as its pre-tournament training base. Empire Fields is the former site of Empire Stadium, built for the 1954 British Empire and Commonwealth Games. Trillium Fields, near the Pacific Central train station, will be a training site for referees.
Vancouver city hall is also contributing $250,000 under the host city agreement for a decoration program, road and traffic light maintenance, street cleaning, city beautification and access lanes.
Canada’s roster for the tournament will be unveiled April 27 at Robson Square in downtown Vancouver. The Coca-Cola-sponsored Women’s World Cup trophy tour comes to Creekside Community Recreation Centre in the former Olympic Village on April 27.
Organizers say tickets for the World Cup Final are sold out, and tickets for the June 16 U.S. versus Nigeria first round match are becoming scarce.
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By INSIDER writer Bob Mackin
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