Could Orlando host 2024 Olympics?

Could Orlando host 2024 Olympics?

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The United States Olympic Committee has selected 35 cities to gauge interest in hosting the 2024 Summer Olympic Games, and Orlando is on that list.

Among Florida sites, Miami and Jacksonville are also on the list.  FOX 35 reached out to Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer's office on Tuesday, but they were not able to confirm if they have received the letter.

Back in 2000 Orlando and Tampa put in a bid together for the 2012 games.  The 2012 games, eventually went to London.

The letter sent this week to the 35 mayors spells out the "extraordinary undertaking" for any city, with budgets in excess of $3 billion, not including venue construction.  Clearly, Orlando would not have trouble with the hotel or airport requirements.

The letter is not a guarantee that the U.S. Olympic committee would bid on the Summer Games of 2024.  New York and Chicago had failed bids for the past two summer games.

While not on the list, it's possible Tampa could once again join Orlando to bid together again.  The Olympic Committee has a little over two years to decide which city, if any, they would select to bid on the 2024 games. 

The United States has not hosted the Summer Olympics since Atlanta in 1996.


Full list of the 35 cities that received USOC letter (in alphabetical order by state):

1 Phoenix Arizona
2 Los Angeles California
3 Sacramento California
4 San Diego California
5 San Francisco California
6 San Jose California
7 Denver Colorado
8 Washington D.C.
9 Jacksonville Florida
10 Miami Florida
11 Orlando Florida
12 Atlanta Georgia
13 Chicago Illinois
14 Indianapolis Indiana
15 Baltimore Maryland
16 Boston Massachusetts
17 Detroit Michigan
18 Minneapolis Minnesota
19 St. Louis Missouri
20 Las Vegas Nevada
21 New York New York
22 Rochester New York
23 Charlotte North Carolina
24 Columbus Ohio
25 Tulsa Oklahoma
26 Portland Oregon
27 Philadelphia Pennsylvania
28 Pittsburgh Pennsylvania
29 Memphis Tennessee
30 Nashville & Davidson County Tennessee
31 Austin Texas
32 Dallas Texas
33 Houston Texas
34 San Antonio Texas
35 Seattle Washington


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