Houston makes list of possible cities to host 2024 Summer Games

Houston makes list of possible cities to host 2024 Summer Games

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 23: The Olympic rings are seen ahead of the London Olympic Games at the Olympic Park on July 23, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

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by KHOU.com staff

New York Times

Posted on February 20, 2013 at 8:37 PM

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- The United States Olympic Committee is looking for its next host city for the 2024 Summer Games.

The U.S.O.C. sent 35 letters to the mayors of 35 American cities, including Houston, on Tuesday to gauge their interest in making a bid for the 2024 Games, according to the New York Times.

The cities that received the letter were Houston; Austin; Dallas; San Antonio; Seattle; Phoenix; San Jose, Calif.; Los Angeles; Sacramento; San Diego; San Francisco; Denver; Washington; Jacksonville, Fla.; Orlando, Fla.; Miami; Atlanta; Chicago; Indianapolis; Baltimore; Detroit; Minneapolis; St. Louis; Las Vegas; New York; Boston; Rochester; Charlotte, N.C.; Columbus, Ohio; Tulsa, Okla.; Portland, Ore.; Philadelphia; Pittsburgh; Memphis; and Nashville and Davidson County.

Included in the list are the 25 of the largest cities in the country and others that have previously expressed interest in hosting the Olympics.

The U.S.O.C. says it is still in the process of deciding whether to pursue a bid in 2024. The last two American bid cities, New York (2012) and Chicago (2016), were eliminated early in the voting by the International Olympic Committee. Both cities spent more than $10 million during the bid process.

One of the requirements to be an Olympic city is having 45,000 hotel rooms available for the Games.

The last American city to host an Olympics was Salt Lake City for the 2002 Winter Games, according to the New York Times. There have been four Summer Games in the United States: St. Louis, Los Angeles (twice) and Atlanta.

The U.S.O.C. said in the letter that it has just over two years to select the city for the United States’ bid. The I.O.C. will choose the 2024 host city in 2017.

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