Brian Krolicki, director of the Reno-Tahoe Winter Games Coalition, promoted a Reno-Tahoe bid at the Governor’s Conference on Tourism.
Krolicki said, “I think there are many people who don’t realize that there are benefits beyond that three-week spectacle of competition. We’re talking about the opportunity to develop infrastructure that would benefit our state and building world-class winter sports facilities that would be used for decades beyond”.
He said Northern Nevadans are already talking about potential venue sites, including the ski resorts that ring Lake Tahoe that will be weighed to determine the best place for slalom and ski jump events, reports a Las Vegas website.
Locations around the Reno area reportedly will be scouted for potential ice rink locations that would host various skating events, including speed skating, performance events and hockey.
The Opening and Closing Ceremonies would likely take place at the Mackey Stadium, home of the UNR Wolf Pack football team.
Also, several important partners have signed on to help prepare a 2018 bid.
Krolicki said the biggest obstacle to a Reno-Tahoe Games could be a successful U.S. bid for the 2016 Summer Games. Chicago has been chosen by the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) as its candidate. If Chicago is chosen, he said the USOC might not even submit a winter bid for 2018.