Rybak asks Meet Mpls to look into a 2024 Summer Olympics bid

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Five U.S. cities -- L.A., D.C., Baltimore, Dallas and Tulsa -- are already pursuing a costly and competitive bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics. Now, Mayor R.T. Rybak wants to consider adding Minneapolis to that mix.

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"We ought to be a logical place for Super Bowls, Conventions, even Olympics," Rybak told KSTP's Jay Kolls. "We have world-class facilities, and we ought to use them."

"The Mayor admits it's a long shot," Kolls qualified, but then got into some of what could make it work. First, Rybak has tasked the CEO of Meet Minneapolis, Melvin Tennant, with looking into it.

"As we get closer to it we'll start hosting training events, we'll start making contact with all of the folks in Colorado Springs where a lot of those officials are," Tennant told KSTP. "It's a great goal for us to have."

Bids are due in 2015, which means that a decision on whether or not to go for the games will have to come soon.

Even the bidding process poses a steep financial burden, Rybak acknowledged. In 2009, Chicago spent an estimated $100 million just to make the shortlist for 2016, but lost out to Rio de Janiero.

The Summer games haven't been hosted on U.S. soil since they came to Atlanta in 1996. London snagged the most recent 2012 games, Rio's up next in 2016, and either Istanbul, Tokyo or Madrid will follow in 2020.




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sam02
sam02

Im going to disagree. My family can't even rent a room in this city to visit on a random weekend below $400 nor can Minneapolis sustain its own convention crowd with the Fortune 500 -1000 companies that live here. Im not sure creating a multi-million dollar publicity disaster with limited space for visitors is the way to expand the reach for a city that still does not have any place a person would take their family shopping. Waste of tax payers dollars and I do live downtown and am an advocate of reach initiatives.

jason.dorweiler
jason.dorweiler topcommenter

Why not? There are sustaining ways in which we could make this happen. Its doesn't have to be like China or any other host previous. 

Melissa Mj
Melissa Mj

Detroit has cheap lodging, real estate...and not much else. Perfect place.

webcelt
webcelt

How does it cost $100,000,000 just to apply? I wonder if it's one of those things where you've gotten this far in the selection process, what's a few million more?


And how much stuff would we have to build? If we have the facilities already, OK, or we're going to build it anyway, OK. But how much would we have to build that we don't already have and don't have a use for afterwords?

Paige Benda
Paige Benda

I want to see the 2024 olympics in Lebanon, Indiana

Dan Mason
Dan Mason

Rybak is going off the rails on a crazy train. Superbowls? We can't build a football stadium without a fiasco and he wants to host the Olympics. Someone needs to check his meds..

Joshua Elul
Joshua Elul

Not Minneapolis; just give it to Detroit they need something to do.

Joseph James Collis
Joseph James Collis

Have you seen what happens to some places that host the Olympics? I enjoy watching them for the most part; but there are better things for our city in my opinion - even that far down the line.

Swedish Fishtooth
Swedish Fishtooth

Yes, that's all we need. First the Republicans took a giant elephant shit on the city, let's welcome in these athletes next. No.

Chris Dahl
Chris Dahl

Easily? With what money? Or is this the other reason Dayton wants to tax clothing? We can barely get a Vikings stadium off the ground, I'd be shocked if we could pull off the Olympics. We have no business wasting money we don't have on the Olympics.

Jeffrey Fortson
Jeffrey Fortson

The twin cities could easily host an Olympics. I have been saying this for years!!

jason.dorweiler
jason.dorweiler topcommenter

@Svede Tüth Are you referring to the RNC? Because that actually helped our city.

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