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Dan23
Mar 22nd, 2007, 03:41 AM
The arena has been transformed for the swimming champs and there is a custom built 50m swimming pool weighing 794 tonnes (without water) sitting on the court...amazing how they built it. :cool:

http://img135.imageshack.us/img135/3610/00000139imageba7.jpg http://img300.imageshack.us/img300/4575/20070316000031521457004xi5.jpg http://img300.imageshack.us/img300/2307/20070216000029901156mlbxu9.jpg

A video of construction is here:
http://melbourne2007.com.au/_content/document/00000143-src.mpg

xin_hui
Mar 22nd, 2007, 03:44 AM
world swimming championships :bounce:

John.
Mar 22nd, 2007, 03:44 AM
:eek:That looks awesome

aussie12
Mar 22nd, 2007, 03:55 AM
its called the susie o'neill pool, im glad they named it after her, shes a legend. it must suck for victoria though having a pool named after a queenslander inside an arena named after a queenslander.

star
Mar 22nd, 2007, 04:06 AM
that's so cool! :D

Sharapova's_Boy
Mar 22nd, 2007, 04:15 AM
:yeah:

klok
Mar 22nd, 2007, 04:26 AM
The pool looks great, hopefully Aus wins a bunch of gold medals in it.

drake3781
Mar 22nd, 2007, 04:30 AM
Wow. :eek:

azmad_88
Mar 22nd, 2007, 04:31 AM
The pool looks great, hopefully Aus wins a bunch of gold medals in it.

they will surely dominate!

RJWCapriati
Mar 22nd, 2007, 04:37 AM
:eek:

MisterQ
Mar 22nd, 2007, 04:38 AM
An amazing transformation! :cool:

SelesFan70
Mar 22nd, 2007, 04:39 AM
I thought Australia was in a very severe drought. I hope they use Yarra River water. :tape:

MisterQ
Mar 22nd, 2007, 04:44 AM
I thought Australia was in a very severe drought. I hope they use Yarra River water. :tape:

It's runoff from the U.S. Open... :rain:

Hingiswinsthis
Mar 22nd, 2007, 04:57 AM
...well...as long as they clean it up for the Australian Open lol ;)

switz
Mar 22nd, 2007, 05:12 AM
I thought Australia was in a very severe drought. I hope they use Yarra River water. :tape:

yes the drought is so severe that we can't spare enough water to fill a swimming pool :lol: drought is breaking as well :) The competitors would die instantly if they used the water from the Yarra.

tomasandLucie
Mar 22nd, 2007, 05:14 AM
I was held the flag for germany woo!!!
It looks really cool

CrossCourt~Rally
Mar 22nd, 2007, 05:20 AM
That looks really awesome. :bounce:

Marcus1979
Mar 22nd, 2007, 05:21 AM
Dan do we get coverage of the championships on free to air?

tomasandLucie
Mar 22nd, 2007, 05:22 AM
Um the coverage in on 11.20 at night but maybe when the pool events are on they will be in a more suitable time slot

klok
Mar 22nd, 2007, 05:35 AM
I am almost certain that when pool swimming satrts (25th March I think) we will get live coverage of the night sessions.

Brett.
Mar 22nd, 2007, 05:37 AM
yes the drought is so severe that we can't spare enough water to fill a swimming pool :lol: drought is breaking as well :) The competitors would die instantly if they used the water from the Yarra.

Lol

lecciones
Mar 22nd, 2007, 08:16 AM
WoW! thats heavy engineering!

A'DAM
Mar 22nd, 2007, 10:46 AM
Cool two of my fave sports combined :lol:

Martian Stacey
Mar 22nd, 2007, 11:19 AM
Well it looks good, but i still think they should have used an actual swimming complex instead of making a temporary one from a tennis arena :p

DutchieGirl
Mar 22nd, 2007, 11:25 AM
:cool: Too bad I can't afford to go to the swimming. :sad:

Marcus1979
Mar 22nd, 2007, 11:36 AM
Well it looks good, but i still think they should have used an actual swimming complex instead of making a temporary one from a tennis arena :p

Sydney has one to use :angel:

SloKid
Mar 22nd, 2007, 12:25 PM
Rod Laver Arena was also used for gymnastics world championships two or so years ago.
I think it's really cool how they transform it and use it for other sports as well.

How much is it used otherwise outside of the AO?

Alicia Rocks
Mar 22nd, 2007, 12:29 PM
Most major music concerts are held throughout the year, and they have held motocross events in there as well. Basketball is played in Vodafone Arena occasionly as well!

DutchieGirl
Mar 22nd, 2007, 12:33 PM
RLa is used alot, Vodafone too - Vodafone is also a velodrome, and RLA has concerts, motocross, and other stuff too. :)

SloKid
Mar 22nd, 2007, 12:41 PM
So it's basically similar to Bercy in Paris, they even had windsurfing in there.
This is a good solution instead of having objects that are used only a few times throughout the year or hardly needed after being built for a specific event.

ceiling_fan
Mar 22nd, 2007, 12:42 PM
how quickly can they do that!??!

tobi
Mar 22nd, 2007, 12:45 PM
Indeed it is great that they are using the arena for other sports too :yeah:

Dan23
Mar 22nd, 2007, 03:38 PM
how quickly can they do that!??!
It took 4 weeks from beginning of construction of the pool til when it was opened for swimming practice on the 11th

ImaVeggie
Mar 22nd, 2007, 04:39 PM
That's simply amazing. Anyone know if there is any coverage of the swimming in the U.S.?

Langers
Mar 22nd, 2007, 04:43 PM
:eek:That looks awesome
Agreed, does look quite good. A lot of seating too which isn't normally the case when it comes to swimming.

Langers
Mar 22nd, 2007, 04:45 PM
RLa is used alot, Vodafone too - Vodafone is also a velodrome, and RLA has concerts, motocross, and other stuff too. :)
Don't forget the Grand Final Footy Show! ;)

bourdu
Mar 22nd, 2007, 05:05 PM
Go Britta!
:worship: :worship: :worship:

Mark Spruce
Mar 22nd, 2007, 05:38 PM
Cool job done there:eek::cool:

It took 4 weeks from beginning of construction of the pool til when it was opened for swimming practice on the 11th

DutchieGirl
Mar 22nd, 2007, 09:26 PM
Don't forget the Grand Final Footy Show! ;)

Which would come under "and other stuff" or "concerts" - and I'm sure non Aussie's don't give a stuff about that anyway. :p

aussie12
Mar 23rd, 2007, 12:23 AM
Which would come under "and other stuff" or "concerts" - and I'm sure non Aussie's don't give a stuff about that anyway. :p

non aussies? try half of australians as well.

Brett.
Mar 23rd, 2007, 02:52 AM
Rod Laver Arena was also used for gymnastics world championships two or so years ago.
I think it's really cool how they transform it and use it for other sports as well.

How much is it used otherwise outside of the AO?

They did at Vodafone Arena but not Rod Laver Arena because i went there three times! :angel:

Brett.
Mar 23rd, 2007, 02:53 AM
And the swimming is on National TV tonight at 11:35pm on channel nine! ;) Woot!

DutchieGirl
Mar 23rd, 2007, 06:30 AM
They did at Vodafone Arena but not Rod Laver Arena because i went there three times! :angel:

umm no - they had WC gym in RLA...maybe they had commonwealth gym in Voda... that I dunno, but I watched WC gym on tv, and it was in RLA!

Martian Stacey
Mar 23rd, 2007, 06:41 AM
Sydney has one to use :angel:
So does Melbourne :lol: They used it at the Comm Games ;)

I assume RLA must have more seating than the Melbourne swimming complex :shrug: It still seems like a pretty big expense to go to in order to attract more spectators

Slumpsova
Mar 23rd, 2007, 06:43 AM
Go Michael! :rocker:

Dan23
Mar 23rd, 2007, 06:55 AM
So does Melbourne :lol: They used it at the Comm Games ;)

I assume RLA must have more seating than the Melbourne swimming complex :shrug: It still seems like a pretty big expense to go to in order to attract more spectators
the 2 temporary pools they bought cost nearly $3 million and that doesnt include the cost of installing them in RLA and the indoor practice courts.
I like the idea of trying something like this though....its cool the way things are made possible. But its one hell of a job fitting a 50m pool in RLA where the standard court area would barely be 40m long. They had to remove rows of seats etc though part of the south end is removable anyhow to allow for a concert stage.

Ben.
Mar 23rd, 2007, 06:56 AM
wonder if the tickets for the WSC's have been sold out? cause they had only sold like half of the tickets a few weeks going into the championships.

mind you the RLA as a pool facility looks terrific :D

Dan23
Mar 23rd, 2007, 06:58 AM
they could consider leaving the pool there for the AO so we can cool down on those 43'C days :p

Marcus1979
Mar 23rd, 2007, 07:02 AM
Dan I thought u loved extreme heat ;)

Martian Stacey
Mar 23rd, 2007, 07:03 AM
they could consider leaving the pool there for the AO so we can cool down on those 43'C days :p
:lol: good idea :p

Dan23
Mar 23rd, 2007, 07:06 AM
Dan I thought u loved extreme heat ;)
I do ;) but who doesnt mind a swim on a hot day? :p
you could probably fit 15000 ppl in that pool :lol:

Martian Jeza
Mar 23rd, 2007, 08:35 AM
Dan I thought u loved extreme heat ;)

Dan is a freak at this side : Loving extreme heat :help:

Langers
Mar 23rd, 2007, 09:26 AM
non aussies? try half of australians as well.
Only those from the retarded states.

DutchieGirl
Mar 23rd, 2007, 11:07 AM
So does Melbourne :lol: They used it at the Comm Games ;)

I assume RLA must have more seating than the Melbourne swimming complex :shrug: It still seems like a pretty big expense to go to in order to attract more spectators

Yeps, RLA would seat more people. ;)

aussie12
Mar 23rd, 2007, 11:45 AM
Only those from the retarded states.

:lol: :lol: :lol: but south australians like afl

Brett.
Mar 24th, 2007, 06:13 AM
umm no - they had WC gym in RLA...maybe they had commonwealth gym in Voda... that I dunno, but I watched WC gym on tv, and it was in RLA!

Hmmm, I'm pretty sure that i went to Vodafone Arena in Year 9 (2002), to watch World CHampionships! :shrug:

DutchieGirl
Mar 24th, 2007, 06:38 AM
Hmmm, I'm pretty sure that i went to Vodafone Arena in Year 9 (2002), to watch World CHampionships! :shrug:

Sure it wasn't to watch something else?

Calypso
Mar 24th, 2007, 07:35 AM
Amazing!

austennis
Mar 24th, 2007, 09:37 AM
I thought Australia was in a very severe drought. I hope they use Yarra River water

Lol we are but it rained in melbourne today all day for the first time in months..

Josh.
Mar 24th, 2007, 09:41 AM
im impressed.

i seen it on telly today and i was like wow! :eek:

sapir1434
Mar 24th, 2007, 11:02 AM
wow :eek:

Brett.
Mar 25th, 2007, 06:56 AM
Sure it wasn't to watch something else?

I am that positive sure!

DutchieGirl
Mar 25th, 2007, 08:28 AM
I am that positive sure!

And when did you say it was again? 2002? I thought we had gymnastics WCs in 2005 - the year before the Commonwealth Games to try out the venue?

DutchieGirl
Mar 25th, 2007, 08:29 AM
May I direct you to this site Brettles: http://www.gymnastics.org.au/2005worlds/ 2005 WC gymnastics in RLA. ;) So I dunno what you saw in 2002.

Mina Vagante
Mar 25th, 2007, 08:30 AM
weird :confused: but it looks sooooooooooooo cool :worship:

Lindsayfan32
Mar 25th, 2007, 12:27 PM
:haha:Yes and the aussie women's 4x100 relay team kicked American butt for the gold medal tonight. I couldn't help thinking about how it wasn't that long ago Roger won the Aussie open in the same place.

:woohoo::rocker:

shirley
Mar 25th, 2007, 12:37 PM
that's what you call an amazing transformation. Cool :yeah:

Brett.
Mar 26th, 2007, 07:51 AM
And when did you say it was again? 2002? I thought we had gymnastics WCs in 2005 - the year before the Commonwealth Games to try out the venue?

Lol, I wasn't at school in 2005! ;) I know i was in year 9 because i was on City Project with my school class, and we went to Vodafone Arena to watch it! ;)

DutchieGirl
Mar 26th, 2007, 09:52 PM
Lol, I wasn't at school in 2005! ;) I know i was in year 9 because i was on City Project with my school class, and we went to Vodafone Arena to watch it! ;)

Well then it wasn't WC's...check the website. It states cleary 2005 WCs RLA!