Steps taken to improve cauldron visibility
In response to public outrage over the high fencing that surrounds the Olympic cauldron on Vancouver's waterfront, organizers on Wednesday opened a public rooftop viewing area on a nearby one-story building, moved back the fencing so people could get closer, and installed a viewing window at street level.
The issue had generated significant controversy here as throngs had been reduced to climbing on public benches and other objects to try to attempt to photograph the cauldron, which will remain at the site permanently.
"We were very happy with the remedy we now have in place," said John Furlong, the chief executive officer of the Vancouver organizing committee. "We believe we have a solution that's better than the one people were originally asking for."
The viewing window at street level stretches 98 feet and is at average eye level. The roof can accommodate up to 150 people at a time and is free. The cauldron remains surrounded by security fencing because it was erected inside the secure compound for the International Broadcasting Center.
February 17, 2010; 2:54 PM ET
Categories: Vancouver 2010
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