Washington D.C. usually tends to be known for their high scale elections, but this one seems to have a different purpose. This morning, the Washington Olympic Committee announced their intention to host the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The possibility of D.C. hosting the 2024 Olympics means that all major stadiums and arenas in the greater D.C. area would have to be used, this includes Redskins Park.
Redskins owner Daniel Snyder expressed his backing of the 2024 Olympic bid. Snyder said, “we look forward to assisting the Washington Olympic Committee in presenting the nation’s capital and fabulous surrounding region to the Olympic sporting world.” He continued to say, ”we are fortunate to have most of the venues needed in an internationally recognized city that is accustomed to staging high-profile events.”
If they use the existing stadiums in D.C., Maryland and Virginia, the DC Olympic Games in 2024 would cost anywhere between $4 and $6 billion dollars to host. Yeah, that seems like a lot coming out of the region’s pockets but if you do the math it would require 45,000 hotel rooms, an Olympic village for 16,500 athletes and officials, an international airport and a workforce of up to 200,000. Which in smaller terms means that the city would make more money even after the initial expenses.
As of now, it seems as if D.C. has the upper hand of the bids.
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