Their reason for building a disposable pool is that they want to: "do it for the children!"
That is to say, once the Olympics are done, they fold it up and put it in a park somewhere for kids to enjoy!
Frankly, I think that it is a tired, political, PR line they are floating here and it does not wash. I just don't believe that a temp pool will benefit Chicago kids for Illinois politicians, starting with the Governor's office, certainly don't have a history of credibility.
From the USOC: "...We worked very closely with international sports federations and national governing bodies,'' said Doug Arnot, Chicago 2016's operations chief. ``This plan is better for sport, better for the games and, perhaps most importantly, better for Chicago's youth sports legacy. This plan remains very financially responsible. ...'' [Link]
Well, Points-off, Chicago! You flunked miserably in my Olympic view of the world. I want a pool with artistic glory and a structure that is a de facto Olympic monument. Perhaps something so great that in a 1000 years it would even rival the Roman Coliseum. The Bird's Nest may be that monument that this century is remebered by but I prefer better one.
In the long run we are all dead. Let Chicago spend some money on an inspirational idea and leave it behind for us.
If Chicago's ideas are that uninspired then the IOC should pass the torch to Japan or Rio!
How bizarre that the richest nation on earth is considering building a temp-pool for the Olympics! That to me is indicitive that this nation is degrading both financially and artistically.
Boy, Japan and Rio are looking pretty good to me right now!