With yesterdays announcement on the 2012 Olympics, the IOC released a report analyzing each citys bid, with scores for each factor. While New York City made the cut, it trailed Paris, Madrid, and London in the scoring. The IOC looked at several factors: government, infrastructure, venues, village, environmental impact, accommodations, transport concept, safety and security, experience from past events, finance, and overall project and legacy.
Gothamist skimmed the 98 page report, only reading the details on New York's bid. You can read the IOC's complete report here (.PDF file) and the HUGE 262-page candidate bid package here (.PDF file). The following is a summary of how New York did in the categories and their score range.
All levels of the government were found to support the bid, from the national level to the local level. Several agencies are on board with the plan and if New York were to win, they would provide many services. The IOC found that the existing laws supported the Olympic Movement and sport, but there would be some state legislation to facilitate some parts of the Olympics. There has been an effort to reach out to community groups and there is overwhelming public support, with 68% support in IOC polling, with the main reasons for opposition being overcrowding and traffic. Score 6.2-7.1
Many of the noted problems with infrastructure include things that are normal to the people in and around New York limited river crossings and the barriers in the city which are the Hudson and East River. There is mention of the X Plan in this section, which is the plan to have transportation in a north-south, east-west manner that intersects in the middle. The IOC notes that NYC has three major airports and one of the most accessible cities in the world. They also mentioned the Airtrain. Score 5.3-7.0
The New York proposal has 31 venues in it, with 19 new venues, two planned venues (an Olympic Stadium and an indoor sports stadium [Gothamist is wondering too]), 7 new permanent venues, and 3 new temporary ones. Estimated cost from 2005-2011 is a whopping $2.765 billion. Score 6.2-7.7
The idea for the Olympic Village is to have everything in the suburb of Queens, with additional housing near the equestrian venue. 4400 apartments are planed, with a training area near the village. The IOC is concerned about the atheletes experience within NYCs plan for the village. Development is to be funded by private and public sources. Score 5.3-7.7
The environmental plan was drafted with the help of volunteer organizations, with planned reclamation of riverbanks and the introduction of new housing standards. In a statement of the obvious, the IOC said, New York has considerable air and noise pollution from vehicular traffic. On the plus side, they say our waterways are polluted, but improving. Score 5.0-7.6
Hmm, Gothamist thinks this is a no-brainer, but apparently NYC doesnt need more hotels. New York actually rated higher than the benchmark. Score 10.0-10.0
The IOC likes the X-Plan in terms of distances for athletes and transport between venues and non-venues, but they dont think its necessarily feasible. The plan would call for multiple transfers between the modes of transportation. Score 4.5-6.7
Safety and Security
The IOC cites the multiple command and control structure of US security agencies as a problem, but also call the NYPDs plan to lead the security operation workable. The locations of the venues could also cause a problem as well as the transport of the athletes. Score 6.3-7.2
Experience from Past Events
New York has vast experience hosting world championships and other large scale events, like the US Open. The 1996 Olympics in Atlanta was also noted as favorable. Score 6.2-8.0
The city and state is committed to providing the venues, facilities, and services within their jurisdiction, but there will still be public and private financing independent of the operating budget for the games. The IOC reports that the city and state adopted an Olympic Games Guarantee Fund of $250 million to cover any shortfalls. The projected revenue that the NYC committee has projected is $1.834 billion, which the IOC calls feasible. Score 5.0-7.5
Overall Project and Legacy
New York scored in the range of 5.0-8.0 for this final category.