PITTSBURGH - Imagine the Olympic flame burning at the Point.
Mayor Luke Ravenstahl is. The United States Olympic Committee this week sent him a letter to gauge whether Pittsburgh is interested in hosting the 2024 Summer Olympic Games.
“It wasn't long ago that we hosted a safe and successful G-20 Summit, and now, we may have the opportunity to bid for the 2024 Olympics,” Ravenstahl said Wednesday. “Pittsburgh should feel very proud and honored to have come this far.”
The letter, from committee CEO Scott Blackmun, outlines the infrastructure and venue requirements for a host city. They include having at least 45,000 hotel rooms, room for an Olympic Village that sleeps 16,500 people and a local workforce of up to 200,000.
Hosting the Olympics would require an operating budget of more than $3 billion, Blackmun wrote, not including costs for venue construction and infrastructure improvements.
“Certainly there would be extraordinary obstacles and challenges to meet in putting a bid together,” Ravenstahl said. “We will reach out to community members to gauge their interest.”
The committee sent letters to cities that have expressed previous interest in hosting the games, plus cities in the largest 25 U.S. markets. The committee has about two years to decide whether to submit a bid for the games.
“While the games require a formidable commitment, they also provide an unparalleled opportunity for a city to evolve and grow,” Blackmun wrote.
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