Is Houston still interested in Summer Olympics?

Is Houston still interested in Summer Olympics?
February 21, 2013, 5:00 pm
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If Houston's leaders say yes, Olympic fever could grip the city once again.

The United States Olympic Committee sent out letters to the mayors of nearly three dozen cities, soliciting interest in bidding to become the United States nominee for the 2024 Summer Olympic Games.

The letter spelled out expected costs and logistical demands for hosting the event, including a budget of $3 billion, housing facilities for the Olympic Village and workspace for support staff and media.

A decision from the USOC whether to submit a city for the 2024 Olympics is still more than a year away. The USOC nominated Chicago for 2016 in its most recent bid to host the Games. The International Olympic Committee chose Rio de Janeiro instead.

The United States, which has hosted four Summer Olympic Games, has not hosted the Games since Atlanta in 1996, though the Winter Olympics in 2002 were held in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Houston has long sought to host major sporting events. The city has hosted three baseball and basketball All Star Games and two Super Bowls. The city’s civic leaders have long held ambitions to host a Summer Olympic Games, dating back to when the city welcomed the U.S. Olympic Festival in 1986. Despite repeated efforts, most recently for the 2012 and 2016 games, Houston has never become the USOC’s nominee to host the Games.

Now Houston is asked if it’s interested in trying again.

Austin, Dallas and San Antonio are the other Texas cities who received the letter from the USOC.

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