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Ron Judd, an Olympics junkie and Seattle Times columnist who has covered Olympic sports since 1997, will use this space to serve up news and opinion on the Summer and Winter Games -- also inviting you to chime in on Planet Earth's biggest get-together.

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May 16, 2008 5:06 PM

B.C. Place will get retractable roof -- after 2010 Games

Posted by Ron Judd

Word today that B.C. Place Stadium, the home of opening and closing ceremonies, and nightly medal celebrations, for the Vancouver 2010 Games, will get a retractable roof to replace its raggedy fabric top. But that work, part of a major overhaul of the B.C. Lions home stadium, won't be complete until a year after the 2010 Games.

See the Vancouver Organizing Committee's response here, and coverage in the Vancouver Province here.

No budget estimate yet, but the work will be done by the province and won't be considered part of the Olympic budget. Officials said replacing the stadium with a comparable new building would cost more than $1 billion.

Any way you look at it, that's a lot of Timbits.

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www.olympic.org: The official International Olympic Committtee site, with news releases, a searchable Olympic medals database and other archival information.
www.nbcolympics.com: Olympic news site from one of the Games' primary sponsors.
NBC Olympics columnist Alan Abrahamson's column/blog
Chicago Tribune Olympic sports writer Philip Hersh's blog
www.usolympicteam.com: U.S. Olympic Committee's athlete web site.
www.aroundtherings.com: Ed and Sheila Hula's Olympic News Service (subscription).
www.wcsn.com: News service with audio, video and text coverage of Olympic sports, during and between Olympics. Free, but charges for live video feed subscriptions.
www.beijing2008.com: Beijing Organizing Committee Web site.
www.vancouver2010.com: Vancouver Organizing Committee's 2010 Winter Games site.
www.london2012.com: London 2012 Summer Games site.
www.sochi2014.com: Sochi, Russia's 2014 Winter Games site.
www.chicago2016.org: Candidate city Chicago's summer 2016 bid committee site.
Olympic swimmer Tara Kirk's highly entertaining WCSN blog
Bellevue Olympian Scott Macartney's WCSN alpine ski-racing blog
Other WCSN Olympic athlete blogs.