By VeloNews Interactive, Copyright AFP2004
The delicate operation of putting the roof over the Olympic velodrome in Athens has been completed two days ahead of schedule, a spokesman for the structure’s Spanish designer, Santiago Calatrava, reported Sunday.
The spokesman said the roof’s success augured well for the controversial yet-to-be installed cover over the Olympic stadium, also designed by Calatrava.
“This represents a good test,” he said.
The Olympic stadium roof will be installed using the same technique as its cycling cousin, which weighed 4000 tons and measured 106 by 154 meters. It was slid into place along 135 meters of rails.
The velodrome’s opening is scheduled for the end of May.
Work on installing the Olympic stadium roof is due to begin on April 14, with experts predicting that it will be a “far more difficult operation.”
The International Olympic Committee has voiced concern over delays to the Olympic stadium and in particular its steel and glass roof, which is regarded here as a source of national pride.
Work is not expected to be finished on the stadium until three weeks before the opening ceremony on August 13.