U.S. Olympic Committee Officials Tour Denver with Eye Toward 2030 Games
Organizers with the U.S. Olympic Committee visited Denver on Tuesday to talk about the 2030 Olympic Games, on the heels of news that competition for the U.S. bid is narrowing.
The USOC is planning an attempt to bring the Winter Olympics to the United States in 2030. After months of searching, the organization is expected to choose either Denver or Salt Lake City as the region that it submits for global consideration.
Organizers for a third option, the Reno-Tahoe area, said Monday they wouldn’t bid for 2030 because they couldn’t pull off the finances.
“The meeting gave us an opportunity to share our vision for how we could host a world-class, privately funded Winter Games in our state,” said Rob Cohen, chair of Denver and Colorado’s Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games Exploratory Committee, in a written statement.
The committee members also shared “comprehensive operational and financial details,” which previously were included in a report to the USOC.
The officials were scheduled to spend Tuesday in Denver, meeting with Gov. John Hickenlooper and Mayor Denver Hancock. USOC staff were scheduled for a visit with Salt Lake City on Wednesday, according to the Salt Lake Tribune .
The USOC’s board of directors may make a recommendation on the bid city at its meeting in December, according to meeting minutes.
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Spokespeople for the city, as well as the local and national Olympic committees, didn’t immediately respond to requests for more information about the people and places involved in the Denver visit.
Winning the current process will not guarantee that Denver or Salt Lake is the site of the Olympics: The International Olympic Committee will elect the host city from among the national bids.
In a report , the Denver organizers suggested that they could privately finance the games for $1.8 billion to $2.1 billion, with the money coming mostly from the IOC, ticket sales and sponsorships. The cost would depend on whether the games adapted existing facilities, built temporary or permanent venues or potentially hosted events outside of Colorado.