San Diego Bid Is In For 2024 Olympics

It’s done. San Diego has submitted its 80-page proposal offering to host the 2024 Summer Olympics and Paralympics. So, now it’s waiting for the U.S. Olympic Committee’s decision.

The USOC is expected to evaluate proposals late this month and announce three finalists in early May.

“We plan to be one of those three,” says Vincent Mudd, chairman of the San Diego 2024 Exploratory Committee. If San Diego isn’t selected this time, he vows to hang in there for the next bid and the next, at least until the 2032 Olympics.

Seven committees of volunteers, including 34 people working full time and 694 part-time created the bid, he says. “We have excellent momentum … San Diego has something that doesn’t exist in other cities — a youthful culture and an active lifestyle.”

While characterized as a mega-region proposal that stresses our cross-border ties to Mexico, none of the events can actually be held outside the United States, Mudd says.

San Diego is fortunate in that most of the venues needed already exist. Fiesta Island would become a key site.

Next week the public will be asked to help choose a mascot and create a logo for the 2024 games.

They won’t be cheap. If chosen as a finalist, about $75 million is needed to complete bid preparation and, if selected, about $4 billion to host the Olympics, Mudd estimates.

He is optimistic, though, that it can be done: “This is something to rally around as San Diegans.”

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