Jacksonville, FL - It’s a big investment, but with potentially big rewards.
We’ve learned Jacksonville is being vetted as a U.S. Olympic Committee choice for the 2024 games.
“We want the Olympics. I mean, I don’t think there’s a city in the world that would say they didn’t want it,” says Jacksonville’s Sports and Entertainment Director Alan Verlander.
The U.S. Olympics Committee asked Jacksonville, Orlando, Miami and 32 other major cities if they have an interest in hosting the games. The USOC is not currently guaranteed the 2024 games, but are gauging the interest of making a bid.
Verlander says there are some obstacles, like the cost and infrastructure.
“There would have to be major investments in to the Jacksonville market for us to even attempt to do something like this,” he says.
He says they'll spend the next two years weighing all factors at play.
"We would like to begin having discussions with interested cities about possible bid themes as well as the infrastructure, financial resources and other assets that are required to host the Games," wrote USOC chief executive Scott Blackmun.
It cost New York and Chicago $10-million just to enter a bid for the 2012 and 2016 games. The cost of hosting the Olympics would be in excess of $3-billion. The city would also have to host 16,500 athletes and officials, maintain 45,000 hotel rooms, have space for an Olympic village and employ 200,000 people.