The newspaper NRC reports that a preliminary finding of a cost-benefit analysis commissioned by the Sport Ministry shows that the Netherlands hosting the 2028 Summer Olympic Games could cost the state two billion euros.
Radio Netherlands reports the consulting agency that carried out the analysis weighed direct and indirect costs, including the cost of new infrastructure, against the proceeds that would likely accrue from ticket sales and the sale of broadcast rights.
Freedom Party MP Richard de Mos said the projected expense is “a lot of money in a time of crisis”, adding “it’s not really worth it”.
Socialist Party MP Rensk Leijten reportedly warned that it is far from clear whether the final cost might actually exceed the two billion euros currently estimated.
Meanwhile International Olympic Committee (IOC) member Prince Willem-Alexander recently told de Volkskrant that he thinks the current preparations by Olympic Vuur (Olympic Fire – the Dutch lobby platform for the 2028 bid) are good groundwork for a possible future bid.