Could Minnesota Host the Olympics?

Posted at: 02/21/2013 6:51 PM
Updated at: 02/21/2013 6:55 PM
By: Katie Eldred

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- Minneapolis is one of 35 U.S. cities to receive a letter asking if it would be interested in hosting the 2024 Olympic games.
They may not be training for the summer Olympics, but many that were working out at the Rochester Y say they would sure like to see them in person.

"That'd be awesome," said Lanse Kyle.

That is why just the thought of the Olympics coming to Minneapolis is 2024 is exciting.

"That'd be great to be close, so you could just see some of that," said Kyle.

"It be great for the twin cities as well as the state, so people could actually see that people live here," said Tony Deach.

Minneapolis received a letter from the U.S. Olympic committee asking if it would be interested in making a bid to host the 2024 Olympics.

"If you could expose the nation or the world to Minnesota in the Summer, it would make it much easier to sell Minnesota as a destination," said Brad Jones.

Jones is with the Rochester Convention and Visitors Bureau he says even Rochester would be affected.

"We would probably feel the effects indirectly more than directly, but it would be great for the state," said Jones.

And if the Olympics came to Minnesota we'd of course need new facilities like Olympic sized swimming pools. All of which would also create more jobs and boost the economy.

But even putting out a bid for the Olympics costs money, Chicago spent more than 10 million on its bid for 2016.

"You know just the travel logistics, the housing, let alone the site specific competitions that need to happen," said Jones.

The chances are slim. Especially if you take into account that last time two American that cities bid for the Olympics. Both Chicago and New York were eliminated early.

But it doesn't mean you can't dream.

"The excitement of it to be close to it," said Kyle.

"You’re talking about a world event that could come to Minnesota, it would put Minnesota on the map," said Deach.

Minneapolis was also a potential bidder for the 2020 Olympics. If Minneapolis is seriously interested, the city would need to submit its bid sometime in 2015. A decision will be made in 2017.