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San Diego Moving Ahead With 2024 Summer Olympic Bid

Evening Edition

Aired 3/3/14 on KPBS Midday Edition.


Vincent Mudd, Chairman, San Diego 2024 Exploratory Committee

Robert Edelman, History of Sport Professor, UC San Diego


The pagentry and publicity we saw only weeks ago at the Sochi Winter Olympics could be coming our way.

So could the huge expense of building game venues.

An Olympic exploratory committee here in San Diego is working to get the city to put in a formal bid for the 2024 Summer Games and ultimately get the U.S. Olympic Committee to choose San Diego as the national contender.

Other U.S. cities such as Los Angeles, Dallas and Philadelphia are also throwing their hats into the ring.

Proponents believe San Diego is in a great position to host the international event.

A new promotional video says the region is home to 80% of the necessary venues and it would cost $2 billion to build the rest.

But critics aren't so sure.

The USOC is expected to complete a list of its top three host cities in the coming months, with a final decision expected by the end of 2014. That proposal will then be submitted to the International Olympic Committee. The IOC will announce the host city in 2017.

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Avatar for user 'xwagner'

xwagner | March 3, 2014 at 12:17 p.m. ― 3 years ago

Is today April 1st? Did someone think they saw a sign pasted on San Diego that reads "SUCKER"? Hosting the Olympics DOES NOT turn a profit. No more than building an NFL team a new stadium, if that rings any bells.

I just cannot believe that I'm hearing this on KPBS. This is beyond belief. Is there really a soul that feels our little border town is so fast asleep that we can be hoodwinked into hosting the Olympics?? This is maddening.

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Mmikey | March 3, 2014 at 12:21 p.m. ― 3 years ago

put it to a vote, let the people that will have to put up with the fiasco decide, not the politicians run by the corporate welfare crowd.

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philosopher3000 | March 3, 2014 at 12:53 p.m. ― 3 years ago

This is a perfect fit for San Diego, if combined with smart investments in ALL of our diverse cities and communities, we can make $billlions while creating the greatest tourist advertising campaign in history. This is just a great use of positive win, win, win for everyone. With the Olympics we strive toward excellence, and we can put surfing up as an exhibition sport. (and Australian Football )

We can redevelop Qualcomm (Jack Murphy) Stadium as an SDSU housing community, and build parking and a track/cricket/soccer stadium using PRIVATE money!

We can build out proper sports stadiums for specialized sports like velodrome.

Homeland Security has $27-Billion in a trust-fund to build a new airport that they stole from the SD Port District after 9/11 ( See Port Budget from 1999 )

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JeanMarc | March 3, 2014 at 3:31 p.m. ― 3 years ago

xwagner sorry to inform you but the entire nation is being hoodwinked by the leftists in power. Our tax dollars are being used to reward the useful idiots. I am paying for Obama to give people my money so they vote for him. 53% of us are. Isn't that great?

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