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BID CITY PROFILE AND FACT SHEET


New York, USA

Bid: 2012 Summer Olympic Games

Population: 8,115,135

Location: North-East United States

Olympic History: New York has never bid for the Olympic Games. The United States have bid for and hosted several Games, most recently the Salt Lake City 2002 Winter Games and the Atlanta 1996 Summer Games.

Bid Status: Eliminated on 2nd ballot.

Description: New York’s plan was the most expensive of the competing U.S. bids at a proposed $3.2 billion. A subway line will have to be extended and traffic would probably be a problem. New York’s Olympic facilities would be shaped in the form of an “X” with the athletes’ village at its intersection, built on undeveloped land along the East River in Queens opposite the United Nations.

Total expenditures are expected to be $3.1 billion including $276.6 million for capital improvement and all the money would come from private sources. A New York Olympics would be held from July 27 to Aug. 12. But there is local opposition. The Midtown West plan irks neighborhood groups who have girded for battle over a proposed Yankees ballpark for years.

Highlights: Olympic action concentrated in the center of the city, multicultural communities will provide 'hometown' crowds for every athlete. Great tourist attractions.

Challenges: Traffic congestion, security issues in wake of terror attacks, massive construction projects

Games Budget:$3.1 Billion

Financial Guarantee: Public ($250M)

Capital Costs For Improvements: $924M

Bid-Book:PDF Click here to open PDF document

Mini Bid-book: Click here to open site in new window

Official Website: Click here to open in new window

Message Board: Click here to open board in new window

News: Click for New York news search

The United States Olympic Committee (USOC) nominated New York from the eight cities below to represent the U.S. for a 2012 Summer Games bid. The USOC narrowed the field October 26, 2001 and on August 27, 2002. It chose the winner in November 2002.

USOC Bid Timeline

  • Deadline to submit bid to the USOC - 12/15/00
  • USOC staff reviews bid files - 12/15/00 - 2/28/01
  • Bids sent back to cities for clarification and changes - 03/01/01
  • Deadline for cities to submit revised bid files to USOC - 06/01/01
  • USOC Site Visits - 06/01/01 - 09/30/01
  • USOC Board of Directors selects finalist cities - 10/26/01
  • Bid Addendum Due to USOC - April 8, 2002
  • Washington D.C. site evaluation visit - June 28-29, 2002
  • New York City site evaluation visit - June 30-July 1, 2002
  • Houston site evaluation visit - July 12-13, 2002
  • San Francisco site evaluation visit - July 14-15, 2002
  • USOC to short-list to two candidates (Chicago) - August 27, 2002
  • Bid City Executive Summary due to USOC - October 1, 2002
  • USOC Board of Directors selects U.S. Candidate City - November 2, 2002
  • USOC nominates U.S. Candidate City to IOC - March 2003
  • IOC Selects Host City for 2012 Olympic Games - September 2005

Selection Criteria

2012 Olympic Games Bid City Themes: National, Regional & Bid City Characteristics, Legal Aspects, Customs & Immigration Formalities, Environmental Protection, Meteorological and Environmental Conditions, Security, Medical and Health Services, Official Program of the XXXth Olympiad, General Sports Organization,Sports, Olympism and Culture, Olympic Village, Accommodation, Transportation, Technology, Media, Finance, Marketing, Guarantees

Additionally, Bid Cities were ask to provide supplementary information on the following areas: Sport Event Experience, Sports Infrastructure, Olympic Village, Finance

Bid Cities were also asked to provide additional information in the following areas: Paralympic Games, OCOG Governance/Ethics, International Strategies

Fifty-four per cent of the scoring is according to International Olympic Committee guidelines for host city candidates, fifteen per cent will relate to financial and budget stability and 31 per cent judges USOC partnership opportunities, Paralympics planning and the ability to win a vote before the IOC.


Additional Resources

U.S. Venue Information - Member Post



Missed The Cut


San Francisco, USA (eliminated November 2, 2002)

Bid: 2012 Summer Olympic Games - USOC Bid

Description: San Francisco’s bid is $2.2 billion and $1 billion will be raised without taxpayers help. The summer Games in San Francisco would take place July 27-Aug 12, 2012. San Francisco is at the heart of a bid spanning cities from Monterey to Sacramento. The Bay area already has 78 per cent of the athletic venues it would need. The bid has raised more than $1 million with $3 million donated as in-kind services from experts who helped draft the bid.

In their bid book addendum, BASOC announced that 92% of the venues are within 32 mi.

Highlights: Unique culture, well known internationally, popular tourist spot.

Challenges: Freeway congestion. Getting from one event to next could be difficult. Spread out venues.

Games Budget:$2.8 Billion

Financial Guarantee: BASOC would self-fund a guaranteed investment contract to create a $250 million contingency, public guarantees offer $250 milliom beyond the first $250 million

Capital Costs For Improvements: $211M

Official Website: Click here to open site in new window

Bid Book: Click here to open

Executive Summary: Click here to open

Message Board: Click here to open board in new window

News: Click for San Francisco news search


Houston, USA (eliminated Aug. 27, 2002)

Bid: 2012 Summer Olympic Games - USOC Bid

Description: A Houston Olympics would revolve around the Astrodome complex, including a refurbished Astrodome and just 100 feet away the new Reliant Stadium, home of the NFL Houston Texans starting in 2002. Houston’s operating budge is $1.9 billion and expects the Olympics to bring in at least $2.2 billion. The majority of the venues are within eight miles of each other and within six miles of the Olympic Village.

Highlights: Excellent veneue plan, most construction already completed, midwestern hospitality

Challenges: Summer heat, poor international recognition

Games Budget (2002 $):$2.195 Billion

Projected Games Revenue (2002 $):$2.37 Billion

Financial Guarantee: Public ($100M), supported by sales tax revenue fro the State of Texas Olymoic and Pan American Games Fund

Capital Costs For Improvements: $165M

Official Website: Click here to open site in new window

Message Board: Click here to open board in new window

News: Click for Houston news search


Washington, USA (eliminated Aug. 27, 2002)

Bid: 2012 Summer Olympic Games - USOC Bid

Description: Washington’s bid is built around two primary hubs - the Urban Olympic Park in Baltimore where they'll host six sports around the Inner Harbor and the Olympic Sports Complex/Downtown DC enclaves where some 13 sports will be contested. This centralizes the Games layout much more and focuses the events on mass transit access. The bid committee estimates the cost to put on the Games at about $2 billion. Already 46 firms have donated $7.6 million in cash and services of the $9 million the coalition says it needs to present a credible bid. Washington would host the media and international broadcasters as well as track and field, basketball, archery, badminton, weightlifting, and tennis. Baltimore would host baseball, gymnastics, soccer finals and field hockey among other events. The U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis would host fencing, beach volleyball, the pentathlon and sailing; Virginia’s George Mason University would host aquatics, judo and wrestling; and slalom canoe competition would take place on the Savage River in western Maryland; FedEx Field would host soccer competition.

Highlights: Near the pulse of nation, inside the Beltway. Good venues, international identity.

Challenges: Humidity, distance between venues

Games Budget:$2.8 Billion

Financial: Public fiancial guarantee is $175M. Washington organizers project an operating surplus of $92 million and a local economic impact of $5.3 billion.

Capital Costs For Improvements: $287.2M

Official Website: Click here to open site in new window

Message Board: Click here to open board in new window

News: Click for Washington news search


Cincinnati, USA (eliminated Oct. 26, 2001)

Bid: 2012 Summer Olympic Games - USOC Bid

Description: Cincinnati’s bid may be trouble because of the riots that took place in April, 2001. The venues include college and municipal athletic facilities in Dayton, Ohio and Columbus Ohio and Lexington Kentucky and Louisville, Kentucky, as well as the Greater Cincinnati area. Lake Erie off Cleveland may be used for the Olympic sailing competition. 78 per cent of the venues are in place. Businesses and private donors have pledged more than $5 million and another $2 million needs to be raised.

Highlights: Midwestern hospitality. Good road system.

Challenges: No light-rail system. Not enough hotel rooms in area. Race riots in recent memories.

Official Website: Click here to open site in new window

Message Board: Click here to open board in new window


Dallas, USA (eliminated Oct. 26, 2001)

Bid: 2012 Summer Olympic Games - USOC Bid

Description: Dallas has 38 venues, among them Texas Stadium in Irving and the Ballpark in Arlington but it would have to build an 80,000-seat track stadium and aquatics centre, besides improving highways and building rail lines. The Games would be staged June 8-24. Dallas would build a $265 million, 80,000 seat Olympic Park in Fair Park, replacing the Cotton Bowl and a new Fair Park Coliseum. Up to $125 million budgeted for an Olympic Village and related costs. Total revenue for the privately financed bid is about $2.7 billion on expenditures of about $2.5 billion.

Highlights: Plans include lots of parks, outdoor viewing screens as in Sydney. Good community support.

Challenges: Early June dates conflict with NBA, NHL finals and baseball. Much construction needed. Summer heat

Official Website: Not Available

Message Board: Click here to open board in new window


Los Angeles, USA (eliminated Oct. 26, 2001)

Bid: 2012 Summer Olympic Games - USOC Bid

Description: The key to LA’s bid is existing facilities. Ready to go now are a host of world-class venues, including several built since the 1984 Games, such as Staples Center and the Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim. A few sites in Southern California would need renovation. The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum would need to be fitted with a running track, but only one facility of 33, a shooting range, would have to be built from scratch. LA bid officials promise a privately financed Summer Games.

Highlights: Little construction needed.

Challenges: Already hosted Games twice.

Official Website: Not Available

Message Board: Click here to open board in new window


Tampa, USA (eliminated Oct. 26, 2001)

Bid: 2012 Summer Olympic Games - USOC Bid

Description: Forida’s plans call for events in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Lakeland, Kissimmee, St. Cloud and Orlando. Distances between venues could be a problem. The 100,000-seat stadium in Tampa would be the site of the opening and closing ceremonies and the track and field events. The Games would begin on June 15, 2012. The stadium would be a 10-minute walk from the Olympic Village where 17,000 athletes would stay.

Highlights: Fairly compact plan for major events, great tourist destination.

Challenges: Summer heat, little known identity.

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