The U.S. Olympic Committee on Friday named four cities in the running to seek the 2024 Summer Games. San Diego wasn’t on the list.
“We very much appreciate the high-quality proposal from San Diego, a city that truly embraces sport and has a long history of supporting Team USA,” said USOC CEO Scott Blackmun, who called San Diego a world-class city “committed to working with the USOC to enhance the Olympic Movement in the United States.”
The USOC maintains a training center in Chula Vista.
The International Olympic Committee will accept bids for the 2024 games next year, with a decision expected in 2017.
“We’re extremely pleased with the level of interest U.S. cities have shown in hosting the Games,” Blackmun said. “Boston, LA, San Francisco and Washington have each given us reason to believe they can deliver a compelling and successful bid, and we look forward to continuing to explore the possibilities as we consider 2024.”
The U.S. hasn’t served as an Olympic host since the Salt Lake City winter games a dozen years ago. The last summer games in this country were in 1996 in Atlanta.
San Diego based its bid on the region’s beauty and climate, and also touted a innovative economy, diverse population, tourism infrastructure and location on the Pacific Rim. Bid organizers noted that San Diego has hosted Super Bowls, the World Series and an “iconic” U.S. Open golf tournament.
But San Diego is a finalist to host the 2017 America’s Cup sailing race. U-T San Diego reported.
“San Diego is reportedly battling Chicago and Bermuda for the event, which will probably be held in June 2017, with the finals ending around July 4. The list of candidates will be trimmed to two by the end of the month,” the U-T said.
“The Port of San Diego is the official applicant to host the 2017 America’s Cup, although the base proposal has support from a wide range of government and private organizations.”
In April, it was reported that San Diego’s pursuit of the 2024 Games might hinge on raising $2.8 million.
Vincent Mudd, chairman of the San Diego 2024 Exploratory Committee, said his group was self-funded but would need the money “should it make the impending USOC cut,” the U-T said.
But Mudd appeared ready to settle for 2032, according to Inside the Games.
The San Diego group submitted an 80-page document produced by a team of more than 700 volunteers.
“We have excellent momentum,” Mudd was quoted in the U-T as saying. “San Diego has something that doesn’t exist in other cities – a youthful culture and an active lifestyle.”
At one time, San Diegans hoped to partner with Mexico for a transnational Games, but that idea was dropped for 2024 because of “economic and infrastructural” difficulties, Mudd told Inside the Games.
Mudd also contends that most of the venues needed to host the Olympics and Paralympics exist and and that “Fiesta Island would become a key site for the Games.”
Price tag for hosting a San Diego Olympics has been put at $4 billion.
Here is how the USOC shared the news from Colorado Springs, Colorado:
Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington, D.C., were [Friday] identified by the United States Olympic Committee as candidates for a potential U.S. bid to host the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
“We’re extremely pleased with the level of interest U.S. cities have shown in hosting the Games, said USOC CEO Scott Blackmun. “Boston, LA, San Francisco and Washington have each given us reason to believe they can deliver a compelling and successful bid, and we look forward to continuing to explore the possibilities as we consider 2024.”
“We would like to express our gratitude to the cities of Dallas and San Diego, which will not be moving forward in the bid process,” said USOC Chairman Larry Probst. “Dallas had a great bid and matching leadership, along with a well-established sporting community. We have no doubt about the ability of Dallas to host the Olympic and Paralympic Games, and look forward to working with them in the future to enhance the international awareness of the city.”
The decision came after a 16-month process that began with the USOC reaching out to approximately 35 U.S. cities to gauge interest in a bid. USOC leaders then spent the last six months focusing on discussions with a smaller group of interested cities that met the initial requirements of hosting the world’s largest sporting event.
“Simplifying the domestic bid process has been a major priority for us,” said Blackmun. “We were able to have exploratory conversations with a greater number of cities while avoiding unnecessary costs. We’re hopeful that through this new process, we can be successful in hosting the Games on U.S. soil, and in turn, have our nation and the world be inspired once again by all of the positive aspects that are truly unique to the Olympic and Paralympic Games.”
From here, the USOC will continue in-depth discussions with each of the cities. In early December, the International Olympic Committee Extraordinary Session will take place, during which time the Olympic Agenda 2020, which will shape the future of the Olympic Movement, will be finalized. Following that meeting – likely in early 2015 – the USOC will make a decision on whether or not to bid, and will select a city if a bid is pursued.
The IOC deadline for 2024 bid submissions will likely be in 2015, while the selection of a host city will be made in 2017.
The U.S. has not hosted the summer edition of the Olympic and Paralympic Games since 1996 (Atlanta). St. Louis hosted in 1904 and Los Angeles held the Games in both 1932 and 1984.
The cost of hosting an Olympic Games could exceed $3 billion, USOC Chief Executive Officer Scott Blackmun said last year when the organization sent out feelers to mayors of 35 U.S. cities considered potential hosts.
Host cities are required to provide at least 45,000 hotel rooms, an Olympic Village with rooms for 16,500 people and a 5,000-person capacity dining area, space for 15,000 media and broadcast representatives, an international airport able to handle thousands of international travelers per day, public transportation to venues and roadway closures.
In 2011, the USOC declined to submit a city for the 2020 games, despite interest from several cities including Los Angeles, New York and Las Vegas. It cited an inability to agree on revenue-sharing terms with the International Olympic Committee.
— City News Service contributed to this report.