Nashville invited to make bid for 2024 Olympics

Nashville invited to make bid for 2024 Olympics (Image 1)

Nashville has been invited to participate in the bid process for the 2024 Olympic Games.

According to The New York Times, the United States Olympic Board sent letters to 35 of the largest cities in the country to see who has interest in making a bid.

The last two times American cities made a bid, New York in 2012 and Chicago for 2016, they spent over $10 million throughout the process.  

Both cities were eliminated in the voting process by the International Olympic Committee.

The requirements to be a host city are steep, with estimated operating costs exceeding $3 billion.

Cities need to have at least 45,000 hotel rooms, construct an Olympic Village to house 16,500 athletes and create operating space for over 15,000 news media members.

The letter from USOB also states that cities are required to have an extensive public transportation network and a work force of 200,000 people for the Games.

Should Nashville choose to partake, the odds would be against them.

According to the Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau, the city only has 35,950 hotel rooms, which doesn't meet the required amount of 45,000.

Though it may not seem entirely feasible, a group of young gymnasts from Let It Shine Gymnastics are still keeping their fingers crossed.

“I think that would be awesome because the state of Nashville having it here would be an honor,” Stachurski told Nashville's News 2.

Ryan Jandreski added, “I'd be proud to have the Olympics here because I really want to be in the Olympics and it would be really cool.”

“I really hope to be in the Olympics someday,” Stevey Joy Chapman said.

Nashville Mayor Karl Dean said in a statement, “We got the letter, along with 34 other cities, and it's nice they thought of us and asked. Hosting the Olympics is a massive undertaking and would be extremely expensive.”

The last American city to host the Olympic Games was Salt Lake City in 2002 for the Winter Games.

*The New York Times and the Nashville Business Journal contributed to this report.

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