A Philadelphia 2024 Olympic Bid Studied
Larry Needle, executive director of the Philadelphia Sports Congress, a division of the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau, said if Philadelphia wants to host the Olympics, its earliest realistic chance would be the 2024 Summer Games. He said, “by next year, we would need to realistically make a commitment as a community”.
A study conducted by eleven graduate students from the University of Pennsylvania’s city and regional planning department showed that Philadelphia should consider bidding for the 2024 Games.
Leaders of other bids by U.S. cities started pitching for the Olympic Games ten years earlier. The process includes persuading the business community to finance an initial bid that could cost $10 million to $15 million.
The students’ study said among the city’s biggest challenges would be convincing the voters who select the host city that Philadelphia is a “world-class city”, a feat that “will require strategic changes in the city’s landscape in conjunction with a persuasive marketing strategy”.
The study mentions that “when arriving in the city from Philadelphia International Airport, it is difficult to avoid a route that does not include tours of abandoned oil tanks, derelict structures and tons of waste”.
In Philadelphia’s favour is its location, so close to so many densely populated cities. There are also programs under way that would contribute to the long-term bid effort.
The study emphasizes that most of the competition venues would be within a five-mile radius of the Olympic Village which could be built at the site of the rail yards, because of the 60-acre site’s location and the fact that it is owned by a single entity, making it easier to build on. Write or read comments about this article
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