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The Playing Fields
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Students of the University of Houston. Houstonian 1987 - The Playing Fields. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. April 17, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/25027/show/24769.

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Students of the University of Houston. Houstonian 1987 - The Playing Fields. Houstonian Yearbook Collection. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/25027/show/24769

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Students of the University of Houston, Houstonian 1987 - The Playing Fields, Houstonian Yearbook Collection, Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries, accessed April 17, 2014, http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/25027/show/24769.

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Title The Playing Fields
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Transcript The unprecedented success of the U.S. Olympic Festival this summer proved that Hous- ton has the facilities and the ability to host such events and what the community can and will react to such dynamic chal- lenges. The USOF could not have ome at a better time for the ity of Houston, giving a large oost to the city's image and its conomic outlook across the ummer. Houston was selected to host the USOF over such cities such as Austin, Detroit, Boston and Philadelphia. Organizers were, however, forced to overcome the prob- ems that became inherent as a result of the financial fiasco that resulted when the festival was held in Baton Rouge. Houston had some definite advantages as a host city: ♦Strong corporate sponsorship Targe buying public ♦Good location/easy accessability. Corporate backing was quite vident with at least 31 companies donating more than 10,000 each, and several companies who did not make cash ontributions provided much needed materials and services, such as Brown and Root, a locally based construction company, who donated over 100 2- way radios to the event. Although the over $350,000 in corporate sponsorship helped to ease some of the burden of the $5.5 million operations budget, organizers knew that the majority of the operating cost of the USOF would have to be covered by ticket and souvenier sales. Advance ticket sales of over $1.7 million indicated that organizers could realistically expect to meet their budget if the weather allowed spectators to attend the outdoor events. Luckily good weather prevailed throughout the ten days of the USOF and virtually no event was postponed for longer than a few hours. This allowed for a new overall attendance record of almost 350,000, breaking the previous record of 250,000 that was set in Indianapolis in 1980. Gymnastics was the biggest seller, with an overall attendance of over 47,000. But volleyball — a surprise seller — sold over 5,000 tickets in advance. New USOF attendance records were set in 15 sports, including track and field and fi gure skating, and new American records were set in the increasingly popular sports of rhythmic gymnastics and taekwondo. All tolled, the 34 events held at this year's USOF attracted over 4,000 athletes, most of whom were housed in the dormitories at the University of Houston and at Rice University. The USOF is credited with bringing over 20,000 out of town visitors to Houston, and pumping over $40 million into the ailing Houston economy, with the average spectator spending $200 to $300 while in Houston. Local merchants credited the USOF. along with the All-Star baseball game as saving them from what would have otherwise have been a disasterous summer. Even the smaller merchants managed to catch the "Olympic Spirit" brought about by the festival, with only a handful of merchants — who were usually located some distance from any events — complaining that they could see no noticeable increase in business during the festival. Over 100 hours of events were broadcast live by ESPN during the USOF. This helped show the rest of the U.S. that Houston had not blown away, and that the city was more than capable of hosting an event of enormous proportion. The high cost of hosting the USOF, was due to such factors as: ♦The financial shortcoming of the festival in Baton Rouge: forcing organizers to put down large deposits on arenas. ♦Over $250,000 spent on security. ♦Distance between arenas; events held from Lake Conroe to Galveston Island, escalating transportation costs and complications. ♦Unexpected expenses, like the $4,000 worth of ice that was used to cool down the pool for the water polo competition. If nothing else becomes of it, hosting the USOF improved Houston's chances of someday hosting the real thing — the Olympics. — Shawn Collier Competition was hot at the water polo matches. In fact, $4,000 worth of ice had to be delivered to the Spring Branch Natatorium to cool the pool. It was a Texas sized hot tub when the activities began in the Houston heat and humidity. Photo by Mark Lacy. Photos opposite by Shawn Collier. Ticket sales were good at the volleyball competition in Hofheinz Pavillion, with men's hosting a nearly full house. In the women's competition, UH freshman Julie Gates charged the audience, playing on the South team to win the silver medal. Photo by Shawn Collier. 141