San Diego First American City To Present Bid For 2024 Olympics
SAN DIEGO, California, April 4. THE contest for the privilege to host the 2024 Olympics and Paralympics began in earnest this week, as San Diego became the first city this week to submit a formal bid to the U.S. Olympic Committee.
With the USOC expected to name three cities in May that will be heavily considered as the one city submitted to the IOC as the American bid for the prestigious competition, San Diego is getting out front with its 80-page proposal. According to an article from Inside the Games, San Diego is counting on using many existing venues for the Olympics and Paralympics, thereby lessening the financial burden of erecting new facilities. The article states that San Diego organizers expect the Games to cost $4 billion.
In terms of swimming, San Diego does not the type of facility needed for an Olympic Games, so a new aquatic center would need to be constructed. Specifically, an arena big enough for at least 17,000 spectators would be required that contains two 50-meter pools for competition and warm-up/warm-down.
San Diego has been interested in hosting the Games for many years, and had been one of the cities beaten out by Chicago in the bid to have the 2016 Olympics in the United States. The U.S. Olympic Committee sat out the 2020 bid process to prepare a stronger candidate city for 2024. San Diego had also hoped to create a unique bidding situation by teaming with Mexican city Tijuana to be a co-host. But International Olympic Committee rules forbid two cities from separate countries to be co-hosts, and Tijuana was removed from San Diego’s campaign.
Though no other American cities have officially announced their bid submissions, it is well known that Los Angeles and Baltimore are also interested. Though the USOC is planning to announce its official candidate city this May, the International Olympic Committee will not pick a host for the 2024 Olympics and Paralympics until 2017.