The U.S. Olympic Committee is looking for cities interested in bidding for the 2024 Summer Games.
The USOC sent letters to the mayors of 35 cities — including San Francisco, San Jose and Sacramento — Tuesday to gauge interest in a potential bid to bring the Summer Olympics back to the country for the first time since
“Our objective in this process is to identify a partner city that can work with us to present a compelling bid to the IOC and that has the right alignment of political, business and community leadership,” USOC CEO Scott Blackmun said in the letter.
Following failed bids by New York and Chicago for the 2012 and 2016 Olympics, the USOC is taking a measured approach before moving ahead with a new campaign and wants to be sure it has a good chance of winning.
“This letter does not guarantee that the USOC will bid for the 2024 Games, but rather is an initial step in evaluating a potential bid,” the committee said.
The letters were sent to mayors of the country’s 25 largest cities and 10 others.
The U.S. hasn’t hosted the Summer Olympics since Atlanta in 1996. Salt Lake City was the last American city to stage the Winter Games in 2002.
Los Angeles, Dallas and Tulsa, Okla., are among the cities that have expressed interest in hosting the 2024 Games. New York, Chicago and San Francisco have either bid or expressed interest in bidding in the past and could also get into the mix.
The USOC letter sought to remind the mayors of the huge undertaking involved in hosting the Olympics. Blackmun noted that the operating costs would be in excess of $3 billion, a figure that does not include venue construction and infrastructure costs.
The city would also 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, the letter said.