Salt Lake City Olympics: Los Angeles Games Challenge Utah's 2030 Bid

Salt Lake City Olympics: Los Angeles Games Challenge Utah’s 2030 Bid

While bidders for the Olympics in Utah are focused on getting the 2030 Winter Games, it may be four years later.

“There are other really good candidates,” said Fraser Bullock, president and CEO of the Salt Lake City-Utah Gaming Commission during a general board meeting Thursday. “As we look at the dynamics of the other cities facing us, we realize that cascading games are a challenge.”

Besides Salt Lake City, which hosted the 2002 Winter Games, three other cities that had also previously held the 2030 Olympics are competing – Sapporo, Japan; Vancouver, Canada; Barcelona, ​​Spain, and the Pyrenees region. However, Barcelona’s bid appears to have been halted due to the stadium’s locations.

With Los Angeles as the site for the 2028 Summer Games, Bullock, the 2002 Games’ chief operating officer, told community, business and sports leaders on the committee’s Grand Strategic Council that it would be difficult for the IOC to choose another country. American city for the next Winter Games.

“Geopolitically speaking, it is difficult for the IOC to award prizes for the 28th and 30th consecutive Games in the United States. We know this is difficult. But we also recognize that there are opportunities through the back-to-back games, through cooperation.” “We continue to work through these issues and make our case.”

But Bullock said bidders are “cautious,” making sure that all contracts inked in anticipation of hosting extend to the 2034 Winter Games as well as 2030. That includes commitments for more than 17,000 hotel rooms as well as ski resorts and other venues during the Games.

There have been concerns raised before about the impact of back-to-back Pan American Games on the value of local sponsorships to both Los Angeles and Salt Lake City, an issue still being researched behind the scenes by the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee, which contributed to those revenue.

Utah has about six months to convince the IOC that the United States should host consecutive Olympics. The IOC’s Executive Committee expects to narrow the field for the 2030 candidates at its meeting in early December under a timetable announced last month that calls for ratification of full IOC membership in May 2023.

Bullock said Thursday that more than one city could be selected to enter into host contract negotiations with the International Olympic Committee in December as part of a new, less formal bidding process that allows multiple Games to be awarded at the same time.

There has been speculation that it could happen with the 2030 and 2034 Winter Games, with some observers considering Salt Lake City and Sapporo to be ahead. The bidding cities are currently being evaluated by an IOC committee that will make recommendations to the organization’s leadership.

“We’re going to have a pretty good idea of ​​where things are, really, six months from now. So that’s the intense part of the bidding process. We’ve been very well prepared. We’ve done so much work up front that we feel pretty comfortable where we are today, Bullock said at the group meeting at the Vivint Arena and online.

He advised them that Utah has a “very, very strong buy-in. We think we have the best technical bid in the world, compared to any potential Winter Games. You all know why. Everything is in place. People are in place. We have incredibly great support. So that’s all.” It bodes well for us.”

After a closed-door meeting of the smaller bid’s board of directors, Bullock also emphasized the strength of Utah’s bid when asked during a virtual press conference about his comments about back-to-back Olympics in the United States.

“We realize that for any country to have two games in a row is clearly a challenge, because the games are seen as something they want to rotate around,” he said, adding that there is also “a little bit of strength there,” because they need to come back to North America.”

Vancouver was the last North American city to host the 2010 Olympics, and the last US Olympics was in Salt Lake City in 2002.

“So, yes, there may be a challenge in back-to-back summer and winter, but there is also an opportunity to bring them back to North America,” Bullock said. “We’re not having anything difficult, per se. We’re just saying logically, it makes sense that they have to work through this problem.”

Salt Lake City is “an excellent candidate for North America. We have a good chance of 2030, and we are working hard to make it happen,” he said, adding later that “the IOC has incredibly encouraged us to put in our bid and guide us all the way to 2030.”

He also said there was no talk of a double prize for the 2030 and 2034 Winter Games.

“We haven’t heard anything about it. This is entirely up to the IOC and we will support any action it takes,” Bullock said, noting that there was precedent for this, when Los Angeles was awarded the 2028 Summer Games at the same time as Paris was chosen to host the 2024 Summer Games. .

The vision for the other Utah Winter Games was discussed during the hour-long closed-door meeting, he said, something that is still being improved but “will center around our ability to expand winter sports not just here in Utah, but around the world.” .

The Bidding Committee proposed a budget of $2.2 billion for the 2030 Winter Games and includes a $300 million legacy athletic endowment that would be used to fund the state’s Olympic facilities, including the ski jump and zip track at the Utah Olympic Park, as well as the Utah Athletic Commission.

Bullock and bidding committee chairwoman, four-time Olympian Catherine Rane Norman, will head to the IOC headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland, later this month to sit down with IOC President Thomas Bach and other officials after scheduled in-person meetings were cancelled. Previously due to COVID-19.

Bullock said a debriefing with the organizers of the 2022 Beijing Winter Games to be held in Milan, Italy later in June will now take place by default. He, Rani Norman and a tender advisor saw their trip to China to see the last Winter Olympics canceled, also due to COVID-19.

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