Could the Olympics be coming to Baltimore?
Charm City is one of 35 major U.S. cities that got letters on Tuesday from the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) evaluating interest in bidding for the 2024 Summer Games, according to the Baltimore Sun.
“I’m excited that Baltimore is being considered and that we’ve been invited to bid,” Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said Tuesday afternoon. “It’s way too early to say what we’re going to do. But I think it’s a testament to the work that we’re doing, shining a spotlight on Baltimore as a sports city.”
USOC CEO Scott Blackmun’s letter was sent to the mayors of cities in the country’s 25 largest markets – and 10 other cities have also expressed an interest in hosting the Olympics.
“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 Blackmun in the letter. “Our objective in this process is to identify a partner city that can work with us to present a compelling bid to the [International Olympic Committee] and that has the right alignment of political, business and community leadership.”
Blackmun went on to add that the Olympic Games is “an extraordinary undertaking for any city.” The event has an operating budget in excess of $3 billion.
He wrote that a potential host city would need an airport, 45,000 hotel rooms, an Olympic Village, operations space for more than 15,000 media members, adequate public transportation, and a workforce of up to 200,000.