The Swim Center plans in the News & Record look pretty cool; BUT…..
The plans don’t seem to be TV friendly. If we are going to have regional or national events, these events will certainly be telecast as the sports channels are telecasting every sporting event possible. Those who retain long term memory will remember that the most recent Greensboro Coliseum renovation failed to include platforms for television cameras and spotlights. They also failed to have the proper number of handicapped seats. (Who can forget the ticketing snafu where hockey season tickets were sold only to arrive discovering the seats had been removed for wheelchair access.)
Did the architects consult with Fox Sports, ABC, NBC, or ESPN for advice to make the facility so easy to broadcast that these channels would broadcast everything ever offered? Is there under-water viewing ports for cameras? How can you cover all angles of competition, when the pool is against on exterior wall. The plans shown on the News & Record Friday edition (not available on-line) appear to provide viewing access (thus camera platforms) only on one side. TV wants in your face coverage – from the left, right, front, back, above and below!
Is there handicapped access to the pool? Not just the crane system used to lower folks into the pool; but a ramp so that folks could walk into the pool?
Given the city’s past record, I hope that regardless of the outcome of Tuesday’s vote; someone will ensure that we don’t have to go back again and again to correct basic omissions.