Mpls. Mayor Explores 2024 Summer Olympics Bid

Updated: 02/06/2013 8:52 AM KSTP.com By: Jay Kolls

Minneapolis Mayor, R.T. Rybak, tells 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS the Twin Cities would be a great place for any big event, including the Summer Olympics.

The Mayor wants the city to pursue a Super Bowl, the Democratic National Convention and explore the possibility of bidding on the 2024 Summer Olympic Games. Mayor Rybak tells 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS the Twin Cities already has world-class facilities for the Summer Games and offers unique possibilities that are worth looking into for hosting the Summer Games.

Mayor Rybak says just the cost of bidding on the Summer Games is expensive so he's told Meet Minneapolis to do its homework to see if the possibility of making a bid makes sense. Melvin Tennant, Meet Minneapolis CEO, tells 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS his organization has already had preliminary talks with the United States Olympic Committee, but a formal decision to seek the Summer Games is still undecided. Tennant says the Twin Cities have the hotel space needed for the Summer Games, some venues already in place and will have a first-class light rail transit system in place to make a strong bid.

Bids for the 2024 Summer Games must be in by 2015 and the International Olympic Committee will pick a host city in 2017. So, if the Twin Cities decide to make a formal bid, a decision would have to come in the near future.