According to this CityPages article, Minneapolis Mayor Rybak has discussed a possible ‘long-shot’ bid for the 2024 Olympics to be hosted in Minneapolis’ ‘world-class’ facilities. While the financial burden just to be considered is high, the benefits could be huge.
From the article:
“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.”
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.
While Minneapolis may have fine facilities, getting the city ready to host an Olympics would be a huge burden on top of the other financial obligations the city already has due to sporting venues. Minneapolis would really need to beef up its sports and hospitality infrastructure enough to support such a bold venture and it may be time to tell Mayor Rybak, “enough!”
What do you think about this one? Could Minneapolis be ready to bid in 2015 and host in 2024? Is this something the city should even consider knowing that it could cost $100 million just to bid and they could still very well lose out to many other American cities, let alone foreign? Have those in Hennepin County and the surrounding areas spent enough on sports infrastructure already? Will these investments truly benefit those living here? Whatever you have to say about this one go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear your thoughts.