Before Really Getting Started, Dallas' Olympic Dream Is Over

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Raise your hand if you plan on hosting any of the 2024 Olympics. Not so fast AT&T Stadium.

The Associated Press is reporting the end of Dallas' nascent and somewhat quixotic bid to host the 2024 Olympic Games.

According to someone briefed on the U.S. Olympic Committee's decision making process, the committee has selected Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington to further compete to represent the United States in final bidding to the International Olympic Committee.

That list, of course, does not include our city, which means that Mark Lamster is probably very sad this afternoon.

It seems we'll have to suffer the surely even more oppressive 2024 heat without the additional traffic snarl, soon-to-be abandoned stadia and inevitable graft that the Olympics would bring.

Have no fear though, if that sort of thing is your thing. If swirling rumors are to be believed, Qatar, which won the right to hold the 2022 World Cup at the end of a hopelessly corrupt bidding process, is about to stripped of its hosting responsibilities.

If that happens, a new host, one that had the existing facilities to host the tournament on a quick turnaround, would need to be selected. The United States is a country that fits that bill and was among the original bidders for the 2022 tournament.

As mentioned by The Dallas Morning News, any U.S. bid for the World Cup would likely include Jerryworld, arguably the country's premier large stadium and a venue that has successfully hosted a number of international soccer matches.

All things considered, it wouldn't be a bad alternative. We'd get the international flavor and party atmosphere those who wanted the Olympics so badly desired and we'd get to split the hosting duties with much of the rest of the Lower 48.


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12 comments
MikeWestEast
MikeWestEast

I doubt USOC will submit a bid.  Congress has already made clear do not even think about asking the Feds for any money.  USOC "official" position is it would not ask.  I do not think a city or region can handle the debt load.  You have to have the Feds printing money.

bryanr01
bryanr01

We can have them in Allen High School's football stadium...

Tim.Covington
Tim.Covington

I personally think it is a good thing that Dallas did not get the Olympics. Most host cities for summer Olympics in the past 20 years have found themselves saddled with debt that is higher than the revue generated and facilities that they had little to no use for once the Olympics were over. 

HeywoodUBuzzoff
HeywoodUBuzzoff

On the bright side, we won't have years of Schutze snits about how the Olympics are racist, why it would have been better to have the events in Detroit, and how everything was designed deliberately just to piss him off royally.

ozonelarryb
ozonelarryb

We coulda had the rowers set the surveying stakes on the trinity basin.

EdD.
EdD.

Sorry, Dallas: you may be world-class but you're not Olympic-class. If only you had solar-powered water taxis...

d-may
d-may

"Dallas got in the running early but weather issues and some lingering bad memories of America's last foray into a Southern city — sprawling traffic, over-commercialization and the Centennial Park bombing hurt Atlanta's image — put roadblocks in front of that bid."


Dallas is not ATLANTA! Washington DC is closer to Atlanta than Dallas. Do you really think that LA doesn't have sprawling traffic, or won't over-commercialize the games?

d-may
d-may

Yeah, I'm going to go ahead and blame Rick Perry and medieval conservationism as well. 

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

I'm going to get ahead of the game here and blame Rick Perry.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@tdkisok

Tough crowd, you are.

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