Quentinsburgh 2016 Summer Geolympiad Proposal

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Geolympiad Stadium Spectrum Geoathletic Stadium map

The event commonly referred to as the Quentinsburgh 2016 Summer Games was an pancontinental sporting event held from October 7th, 2016 to October 23rd, 2016 in Quentinsburgh, Freedemia. Most venues were centered within the Spectrum Geoathletic Complex in the Keystone Spectrum neighborhood in eastern Quentinsburgh, with Spectrum Geoathletic Stadium being home to the opening and closing ceremony. The event was Freedemia's first time hosting the games after they went global, and was seen by many as the nation's official step into global significance.

While referred to as "Summer Games" due to the differentiation in the types of sports from "Winter Games", due to Quentinsburgh's southern hemisphere location, the event took place during Freedemia's spring. However, this was not an issue considering the year-round tropical climate of the city.

Keystone Spectrum area redevelopment

The majority of the venues and the were located in eastern Quentinsburgh in a neighborhood now known as Keystone Spectrum, after the adjacent mall and athletic complex. The area was originally mostly suburban industrial, car dealerships, vacant lots, and stadiums and malls with large areas of parking. The summer games were used as a long-term strategy to redevelop the area into much more of a secondary urban center.

Keystone Spectrum Mall especially saw significant rework. While the mall existed before the bid, at that time it was a typical suburban mall with seas of parking sprawling outward, an unpopular layout even compared to Quentinsburgh's other major malls. Work on the Athlete's Village for the games transformed most of the mall's western parking into mixed-use apartment towers with ground-level shops facing inward onto a new promenade street (Lockwood Drive), while also adding a new outdoor walk of shops around the northern end of the mall. The plan also saw the completion of the Quentinsburgh Metro line 3 extension to stop at the north end of the mall, one of the main connections between the area and the rest of the city.

Spectrum Geoathletic Complex also saw significant changes. Many of the venues in the complex were preexisting, including the Spectrum Cricket Stadium, Spectrum Geoathletic Stadium, Spectrum Geoathletic Aquatic Center, Spectrum Tennis Center, Ultraviolet Arena, and the Spectrum Field Hockey Park. The complex partially existed in partnership with nearby Redson University, which hosts many of Freedemia's top sports medicine, marketing, facilities management, and therapy programs. The stadiums also hosted several of the city's area sports teams. However, at that time the majority of the space between the venues was mostly just seas of unnecessary parking, with some forest in the south. Redevelopment for the bid saw much of the space in the center and west of the area turned into landscaped parks, promenades, and new venues and hotels, and much of the area in the south turned into new parking decks to serve the complex and apartments at the heart of the Athlete's Village. Existing venues (particularly the main Geoathletic Stadium) also saw major renovations and rebuilds to hold more people and be transformed into modern venues worthy of The Games.

List of Venues

Spectrum Geoathletic Complex

Venue Events Capacity Transit Status Notes
Spectrum Geoathletic Stadium
  • Opening and Closing Ceremonies
  • Field Hockey (finals)
  • Athletics (track/running)
TBD Metro, Streetcar, Regional Rail, Bus Renovated/Expanded
Spectrum Cricket Stadium
  • Athletics (shotput, discus, javelin, etc)
  • Football (finals)
TBD Metro, MetroBus (BRT), Bus Existing Known as "the Avocado"
Spectrum Geoathletic Aquatic Center
  • Aquatics (diving, swimming, sychronized swimming, water polo)
  • Modern Pentathlon (swimming)
TBD Metro, MetroBus (BRT), Bus Existing
Ultraviolet Arena
  • Ringbowl
  • Table Tennis
  • Foosball
TBD Metro, MetroBus (BRT), Bus Renovated/Expanded
Infrared Center
  • Basketball
  • Wrestling
  • Boxing
TBD Streetcar, Metro, Bus Newly constructed
Redson University Ballpark
  • Cricket
TBD Streetcar, MetroBus (BRT), Bus Existing University stadium built for both baseball/softball and cricket
Redson University Stadium
  • Rugby (preliminaries)
TBD Streetcar, MetroBus (BRT), Bus Existing University stadium
Redson University Burlett Athletic Center
  • Weightlifting
  • Fencing
  • Handball
TBD Streetcar, MetroBus (BRT), Bus Existing University stadium
Redson University North and South Fields
  • Football
  • Rugby
TBD MetroBus (BRT), Metro, Streetcar, Bus Existing/Temp. Expanded Temporary additional seating
Spectrum Velodrome
  • Cycling (track)
TBD Streetcar, MetroBus (BRT), Bus Newly constructed Built as expansion of Geoathletic Complex
Spectrum Tennis Center and additional courts
  • Tennis
TBD MetroBus (BRT), Metro, Streetcar, Bus Existing
Spectrum Field Hockey Park
  • Field Hockey (preliminaries)
TBD Metro, MetroBus (BRT), Streetcar, Bus Existing
Mito Field
  • Baseball
TBD MetroBus (BRT), Streetcar, Regional Rail, Bus Existing

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Rivermouthe Zone

Venue Events Capacity Transit Status Notes
Quails Field
  • Softball
TBD Metro, Regional Rail, Bus Existing Home of Quentinsburgh Quails, Temporarily adjusted for softball
Swift Field
  • Football
  • Rugby (finals)
TBD Metro, Regional Rail, Bus Existing Home of Quentinsburgh Swift
Quetzals Field
  • Field Hockey (preliminaries)
TBD Streetcar, Bus, Metro Existing Home of Quentinsburgh FHC Quetzals
Quentinsburgh Convention Center
  • Volleyball (Indoor)
  • Badminton
TBD Streetcar, Metro Existing Home of Quentinsburgh FHC Quetzals
Stepstone Center
  • Basketball (finals)
  • Ringbowl (finals)
TBD Streetcar, Metro Existing Home of Quentinsburgh FHC Quetzals
Windross River
  • Aquatics (marathon swimming)
  • Triathlon
TBD Streetcar, Metro Temporary Viewing platforms set up along river
Shellback Square Marina
  • ?
TBD Streetcar, Metro Temporary Viewing platforms set up along sides

Other Venues

Venue Events Capacity Transit Status Notes
Santoni Field
  • Football (preliminaries)
TBD Metro, Streetcar, Bus Existing University stadium
Mathers Bay
  • Sailing
TBD / Natural, Temporary
Terrapin Park Beach
  • Volleyball (beach)
  • Petanque
TBD Streetcar, Bus Existing Temporary additional seating/infrastructure
Quentins River Cycleway
  • Cycling (road)
TBD / Existing Part of the larger cycling road route
Terrapin Park Watersports Center
  • Canoe (sprint)
  • Rowing
TBD Streetcar, Bus, Metro Newly constructed
Quentins Haven Country Club
  • Golf
TBD Bus Existing
Freedemian Global Exposition Center
  • Gymnastics
  • Taekwondo
  • Judo
TBD Metro, Bus Existing
Belle Grentens Park
  • Shooting
  • Archery
TBD Metro, Bus Existing Temporary dedicated facilities
Historic Ball Grounds
  • Equestrian
TBD Bus Existing + Temporary Old Equestrian/Polo Grounds from old Lycene Games, now normally used for woman's baseball and Geare-rules hockey

Non-Competition Venues

Venue Purpose Transit Status Notes
Athlete's Village
  • Athlete and family residences
Streetcar, Bus, Metro, Regional Rail Newly Constructed East part turned into mixed-use housing and retail as part of Keystone Spectrum Mall; West part turned into mixed income & affordable housing
QuentinsMed Athletic Medical Specialty Center
  • Medical Treatment
Streetcar, Bus, Metro Expanded Hospital with specialists in physical therapy, sports treatment, nutrition, etc. Opened in partnership with Redson University
Press Centre and Broadcast Centre
  • Press Coverage and Broadcasting
Streetcar, Bus, Regional Rail Newly Constructed
Spectrum West Promenade
  • Medal Plaza
  • Cultural Events
  • Live Site
  • Food and Hotels
Bus, BRT Newly Constructed
Spectrum Park
  • Park and Gardens
  • Freedemian Athlete Hall of Fame
  • Freedemian Geoathletic Museum
Bus, BRT Newly Constructed
Expo Plaza
  • Live Site
  • Cultural Events
Metro, Streetcar Existing

List of Sports

Main Sports

  • Aquatics
  • Diving
  • Swimming
  • Synchronized Swimming
  • Water Polo
  • Archery
  • Athletics
  • Badminton
  • Baseball/Softball
  • Basketball
  • Boxing
  • Canoeing
  • Sprint
  • Slalom
  • Cycling
  • BMX
  • Mountain Biking
  • Road
  • Track
  • Equestrian
  • Dressage
  • Eventing
  • Jumping
  • Fencing
  • Field Hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Artistic
  • Rhythmic
  • Trampoline
  • Handball
  • Judo
  • Modern Pentathalon
  • Rowing
  • Rugby Sevens
  • Sailing
  • Shooting
  • Table Tennis
  • Taekwondo
  • Tennis
  • Triathalon
  • Volleyball
  • Regular
  • Beach
  • Weightlifting
  • Wrestling
  • Freestyle
  • Arionic-Romantian

Demonstration Sports

  • Aspoño
  • Bowling
  • Cricket
  • Foosball (aka Table Football)
  • Petanque
  • Ringbowl (aka Freedemian Rules Basketball)
  • Roller Sports
  • Surfing

Public Transportation

Like with previous games, the bid and city of Quentinsburgh heavily encouraged use of public transportation to reach events to minimize the amount of parking that would need to be offered. Much of the public transportation was already well served by the existing expansive Quentinsburgh Metro, Regional Rail, and bus network, operated by QUARTA. However, some improvements were added alongside the building up of the main Keystone Spectrum neighborhood.

While it had been planned separate of hosting the event, the completion of the Quentinsburgh Metro's Line 3 to Keystone Spectrum was very important to public transit access to the venues. The main Spectrum Geoathletic Complex was served by the last two stops of the extension, Geoathletic Complex North and Keystone Spectrum.

The area is also served by a new station added to the L regional rail line just south of the Media Center. Track work around the new Spectrum Station and the Outer Loop Station park and ride double-tracked several formerly-one-track parts of the line to support more trains and terminate additional service at the Outer Loop park and ride. An additional event-only regional rail service was added between Sean Bond International Airport and the Spectrum and Outer Loop Stations, while additional service was added to the venue was added on the L line from downtown. The park and ride at Outer Loop Station was also expanded.

A streetcar was constructed and opened for the event, connecting the Keystone Spectrum metro station and the Spectrum Station commuter station to the Athlete's Village, Athletic Medical Specialty Center, and the southern part of the complex including the main parking decks. The increased density of housing and retail for the Athletic Village, now part of the Keystone Spectrum Mall and surrounding namesake neighborhood, allowed QUARTA to continue running the tram even after the event, with an extension to Redson University that had been planned to be opened before the Geolympiad but didn't successfully open until mid-2017 after construction delays.

Circulating bus shuttles to get between events around the Spectrum Geoathletic Complex were also created, along with express bus routes used to connect various park and rides and urban centers with the complex and additional service on some relevant local routes.