Orlando considered for 2024 Olympics
U.S. Olympic Committee gauging interest of 35 cities
The United States Olympic Committee has sent letters to Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and the mayors of 34 other American cities to identify potential sites for the 2024 Olympic games.
"We would like to begin having discussions with interested cities about possible bid themes as well as the infrastructure, financial resources and other assets that are required to host the Games," wrote USOC chief executive Scott Blackmun.
According to Blackmun, the host city would be required to have at least 45,000 hotel rooms, an international airport, public transportation and a workforce of up to 200,000.
Orlando city officials confirmed on Wednesday that Mayor Buddy Dyer received a letter from the USOC.
"(The USOC) is exploring the interest of U.S. cities that may have the ability to host an event with the scope and scale of the Olympic Games," the city said in an email. "To that end, they reached out to cities that have previously expressed an interest in bidding as well as the cities in the largest 25 U.S. markets, including Orlando."
The city told Local 6 that it will evaluate the opportunity.
In recent years, Orlando has hosted other large sporting events such as the World Cup and the NBA All-Star game. However, city officials may still be discouraged by their unsuccessful bid for the Olympics more than a decade ago, when Orlando teamed up with Tampa in hopes of hosting the games in 2012. In 2001, midway through the lengthy bid process, USOC officials announced that Central Florida would not advance to the next level of consideration.
Besides Florida's summertime heat and humidity, Olympic officials felt Orlando's transportation system was inadequate for the millions of spectators and athletes who would be attending the games.
The International Olympic Committee later chose London to host the 2012 Games.
Los Angeles, New York, Las Vegas, Tampa, Miami, and Jacksonville are among the other cities that are being evaluated for a future Olympic bid.
USOC officials said they have not yet decided whether they will submit a bid to the IOC for the 2024 Olympics.