Olympic dreams? Indy on list of possible host cities

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INDIANAPOLIS – As host of the Super Bowl and multiple NCAA championships, the Circle City knows all about handling large crowds for major events. But could the city do it at an Olympic level?

The United States Olympic Committee has sent letters 35 cities to gauge their interest in hosting the 2024 Olympics. Indianapolis is one of those cities, though a spokesman for Mayor Greg Ballard said the office hadn’t received the letter yet.

The requirements are steep and resource intensive. They mandate 45,000 hotel rooms, an international airport, public transportation and a workforce of more than 200,000 people. According to a report in the New York Times, the USOC projects that the operating budget for the Olympics would exceed $3 billion. Host cities would also have to build an Olympic Village to accommodate thousands of athletes and journalists.

A spokesman for Mayor Ballard said the city is honored to be included on the list, adding that Indianapolis doesn’t meet some of the requirements laid out by the USOC.

Salt Lake City was the last U.S. city to host the Olympic Games. Since then, the USOC has submitted bids for the 2012 (New York) and the 2016 (Chicago) Games. The International Olympic Committee eliminated each city early in the voting process.

According to the Times, the following cities received the letter:

  • Phoenix
  • San Jose, Calif.
  • Los Angeles
  • Sacramento
  • San Diego
  • San Francisco
  • Denver
  • Washington
  • Jacksonville, Fla.
  • Orlando, Fla.
  • Miami
  • Atlanta
  • Chicago
  • Indianapolis
  • Baltimore
  • Detroit
  • Minneapolis
  • St. Louis
  • Las Vegas
  • New York
  • Boston
  • Rochester
  • Charlotte, N.C.
  • Columbus, Ohio
  • Tulsa, Okla.
  • Portland, Ore.
  • Philadelphia
  • Pittsburgh
  • Memphis
  • Nashville/Davidson County
  • Austin, Texas
  • Dallas
  • Houston
  • San Antonio
  • Seattle

 

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