UBC involvement sought in Winter Olympics bid

UBC is seeking input from the campus and local community prior to making a decision on whether or not UBC should participate in efforts to bring the Winter Olympics to Vancouver and Whistler in 2010.

A second public meeting will take place on Tuesday, June 23, from 7-8 p.m. in UBC's Student Union Building (SUB), Rm. 216. The first meeting was held June 9.

The bid society is looking to the university as a possible location for a proposed 2,500-bed athletes' village and speed skating venue. Following the games the athletes' village would be used as UBC student housing. The speed skating venue could be converted into a multi-purpose facility following the games. Several possible uses have been suggested including a community sports centre.

The Vancouver Whistler bid is one of three Canadian bids for the 2010 games. The Canadian Olympic Association will make a decision Nov. 21, 1998 on which of those three bids will go forward to the International Olympic Committee for consideration.

Meetings have been scheduled on the UBC campus to inform community members about the Olympic bid and the form of UBC's possible participation, as well as to hear community concerns regarding UBC's participation in such a major event.

Further information on the public meeting can be obtained by calling UBC's Public Affairs Office at 822-3131.