Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak has reportedly said the city wants to explore the possibility of bidding for the 2024 Summer Olympic Games. The Mayor said Minneapolis already has world-class facilities and offers unique possibilities that are worth looking into.
He said the cost of bidding on the Summer Games is expensive, so he told the city’s convention and visitors office, “Meet Minneapolis”, to do its homework to see if the possibility of making a bid makes sense.
“Meet Minneapolis” CEO Melvin Tennant said, “it’s very early in the process but I think we certainly want to be in the game when the time comes”.
Tennant’s office has reportedly talked with the U.S. Olympic Committee about what the bid process entails.
He added, “we have to, of course, put together a very strong local host committee and I think we have the corporate and civic support to really make that happen”.
Tennant said the Twin Cities have the hotel space needed for the Games, some venues already in place, and will have a first-class light rail transit system in place to make a strong bid.
The deadline for a 2024 bid is 2015 and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) will select a host city in 2017.