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stadiumThe 2006 Winter Olympics will take place in Turin, Italy, from Feb. 10 to 26. But the venue preparation has been long under way. Here's a peek at the facilities, sans the 1 million spectators expected to descend upon the city known in Italian as Torino.
The opening and closing ceremonies will be held in the Stadio Olimpico, a renovated 1930s soccer stadium that used to be called Stadio Comunale. The facility normally seats up to 26,000, but temporary stands will be erected for the ceremonies to increase capacity to 35,000.
The bobsled, skeleton and luge events will take place in Cesana Pariol, a winter and summer tourist destination known for its snow-covered slopes and trekking routes. The 1,435-meter run has a drop of 114 meters and 19 bends.
The Oval is a new covered structure that will host the speed skating events for men's and women's specialties. The track frozen for the rink is 400 meters long and 12.6 meters wide. The stands hold about 8,500 spectators.