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USOC evaluating 35 cities for potential 2024 bid

Feb 19, 2013, 3:22 PM EDT

Olympic Rings Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports via US PRESSWIRE

The USOC sent letters to 35 mayors Tuesday in order to gauge interest and begin the process of hosting its first Olympics since 2002.

“Our objective in this process is to identify a partner city that can work with us to present a compelling bid to the IOC and that has the right alignment of political, business and community leadership,” USOC CEO Scott Blackmun said in the letter.

“This letter does not guarantee that the USOC will bid for the 2024 Games, but rather is an initial step in evaluating a potential bid.”

The letter detailed the necessary requirements for hosting the Games, including 45,000 hotel rooms, an international airport, public transit, and workforce of more than 200,000 people.

The cities that have already expressed interest include Dallas, Tulsa, New York, San Francisco, Chicago, and Los Angeles, which hosted in 1932 and 1984. My vote still goes to Phoenix.

Paris is seen as a favorite to host its third Olympics, but first in a century. Rome, Dubai, Doha, and Durban, South Africa are also strong contenders to host. The final vote won’t take place until 2017.

The USOC failed to secure bids for New York in 2012 and Chicago in 2016, which was blamed on disagreements regarding revenue sharing between the IOC and USOC. Those disagreements have since been patched up through negotiations.

Here’s a full list of the 35 cities that recieved the letter:

Phoenix, Arizona
Los Angeles, California
Sacramento, California
San Diego, California
San Francisco, California
San Jose, California
Denver, Colorado
Washington, D.C.
Jacksonville, Florida
Miami, Florida
Orlando, Florida
Atlanta, Georgia
Chicago, Illinois
Indianapolis, Indiana
Baltimore, Maryland
Boston, Massachusetts
Detroit, Michigan
Minneapolis, Minnesota
St. Louis, Missouri
Las Vegas, Nevada
New York, New York
Rochester, New York
Charlotte, North Carolina
Columbus, Ohio
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Portland, Oregon
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Memphis, Tennessee
Nashville, Tennessee
Austin, Texas
Dallas, Texas
Houston, Texas
San Antonio, Texas
Seattle, Washington

  1. 69jaredallen69 - Feb 20, 2013 at 1:40 AM

    I have total confidence the USOC will find a way to screw this up and choose the worst possible city to bid for the games

  2. jammers11 - Feb 20, 2013 at 12:37 PM

    Why is the USOC not looking at 2022?

  3. rajbais - Feb 20, 2013 at 1:15 PM

    Phoenix should not get it. Particularly when their officers could pester the Latin American countries’ athletes.

  4. rklepadlo - Feb 20, 2013 at 1:48 PM

    What? They forget Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, PA! NEPA and the Valley should be the front runner by far!

  5. vbarkley39 - Feb 20, 2013 at 3:05 PM

    Pittsburgh, definitely. They have enough athletic fields, public transportation, a new international airport, rivers, lakes and whitewater for all the events. Plus a friendly, multi-cultural population.

    Just DO NOT award coverage to NBC! No more Mary Carreras and BobCostas! No more minimal coverage of only American-only Athletes! UGH! Let a network cover the Olympics who can truly do justice to the Olympic sports, athletes, spirit and the host city.

    • Matthew Kitchen - Feb 20, 2013 at 3:11 PM

      You do realize you’re reading this on NBC OlympicTalk, right?

  6. hudsomania - Feb 20, 2013 at 5:43 PM

    I live in Pittsburgh and there is NO WAY that this city could handle it. The public transportation is horrendous and downtown turns into a ghost town after 6pm. There is absolutely nothing to do and that’s why people tend to live around the city (where there are places to go and things to do) as opposed to in it. The IOC could do much better than here.

  7. rklepadlo - Feb 20, 2013 at 6:12 PM

    Well if public transportation is a the main issue for Pittsburgh, bring it to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. The LCTA, Posten Taxi, and all the others will be up to the tax! Even Lolley the Trolley will pitch in for sure!

    • rklepadlo - Feb 20, 2013 at 6:12 PM


  8. Preston - Feb 20, 2013 at 6:19 PM

    San Francisco would be a fantastic venue for the Summer Games! Capable of hosting the people, lots of venues both current and under construction, and just imagine all the great shots of the bridges from the air!

  9. chucksports - Feb 21, 2013 at 7:52 PM

    Rochester NY baby

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