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Baltimore Could Be Part of 2024 Olympic Bid

A Washington bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics could include sporting venues in the Baltimore area.

Washington, D.C. wants to host the 2024 Olympics. (Photo credit: DC 2024)
Washington, D.C. wants to host the 2024 Olympics. (Photo credit: DC 2024)
By Shaun Courtney

Imagine a trip downtown to take in a ball game. Now imagine, instead of the Orioles or Ravens, watching the worlds' finest amateur athletes.

The Baltimore area is again part of a bid to bring the Olympics to the mid-Atlantic.

A non-profit exploratory committee launched Tuesday morning, announcing Washington's Olympic hopes and its plan to raise $3 million to $5 million in the next two years as it vies for the approval of the U.S. Olympic Committee, the Washington Business Journal reports

The bid would be regional, including potential venues in Maryland and Virginia. Both states' governors, as well as professional sports teams, have offered their support, The Baltimore Sun reports. 

"With more state-of-the-art sports infrastructure in a 40-mile radius than any other U.S. city, thousands of hotels and lodging options, and a vast and expanding transportation system, the Greater Washington region is one of the best and most qualified in the world to host an event of this magnitude...," DC 2024's President Bob Sweeney said in a statement Tuesday morning, according to NBC Washington.

Sweeney told the Sun that the games could cost several billion dollars to host, but that the region has an advantage over Sochi, Russia (which will host the Winter Olympics next year) or Beijing (which hosted the summer games in 2008) in that many of its potential venues already exist, including Oriole Park at Camden Yards, M&T Bank Stadium and numerous waterways.

Other cities reportedly considering joining the mix are Atlanta, Boston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Seattle, the Washington Business Journal reports

The U.S. Olympic Committee will select which American city will go into the running in 2015. That city will then compete with other nations' top choices before the International Olympic Committee, which would pick the 2024 host city in 2017.

Baltimore and Washington previously made a joint bid to host the 2012 Summer Olympics, which were ultimately held in London. In February, the U.S. Olympic Committee sent letters to both cities and 33 others asking about interest in bidding for the 2024 games, WBAL-TV reported.

Patch field editor Tyler Waldman contributed to this report.
Sean Tully August 27, 2013 at 11:14 PM
If it costs Baltimore City one single penny to promote their case, no thanks.
Baltimore Matt August 29, 2013 at 09:01 AM
It seems like it has more promise for promoting the city on an international scale than an unwatched and loathed car race.
Sean Tully August 29, 2013 at 11:47 AM
What Baltimore City needs is more middle class residents who pay property taxes, not more promotion to the world, in my opinion. The world isn't going to move here. They may visit but I would wager most of the jobs held by hotel staffs are by people who live outside of the city and most of the profit made by the hotel companies leaves Baltimore (except for the high room taxes). The message Baltimore needs to send out should be directed to those living in this area already and that message should be: lower crime, cleaner city, lower cost of living (i.e., lower property taxes, etc.). I'm not hearing any of those messages.
Dave August 30, 2013 at 11:02 AM
Good comment, Sean. I agree!
Buck Harmon September 02, 2013 at 02:22 PM
Well said Sean..

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