Minneapolis Named For 2020 Olympic Consideration

PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) — With only nine weeks before a candidate city would have to be identified, U.S. Olympic leaders say any discussion of an American bid for the 2020 Olympics is still premature.

At meetings next week, the USOC and IOC expect to resume serious negotiations on a difficult revenue-sharing agreement that has shaped the relationship between the organizations.

That issue needs to be resolved before the USOC can consider bidding for the Games, CEO Scott Blackmun said Tuesday.

Olympic committees must submit names of applicant cities by Sept. 1. Blackmun said discussions he has had with city leaders who have approached him about the idea have all been “predicated on the idea that those discussions are premature.”

Among U.S. cities mentioned as potential bidders include New York, Los Angeles, Dallas, Minneapolis and Tulsa, Okla.

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  • Huxley

    No, please.

  • Tom Schmanski

    I would like to have some needless growth that leads to extremely fast decay. I say we do it!

  • AB

    Oh I see uh huh.

  • Nate Hoffmann

    You people must be eternally miserable.

  • Ven

    They do realize it could be snowing or below zero here in the Summer, right? Or temp swings of 70 degrees during any one day?

  • Arnie

    Sounds great!

    Team Somalia won’t have far to travel

    • Reasonable


      We simply don’t have the facilities available and with everyone crying about govt spending too much, just imagine the nightmare of spending to create new facilities for everything. Then again, maybe the Gophers would have a killer swim team if the rest of the nation decided we had the best facilities available.

      But yeah, give it to Detroilet. Lovely idea.

  • Just sayin'

    OMG…how in the world can we even be thinking of something like this, at a time like this?? The millions of dollars to create a new town that will be useless afterwards?? Tell that committee NO THANKS!

    • Ali

      It’s worth every penny. Infrastructure is updated, jobs are created and image/prestige is boosted. Tourism, upcoming legalization of same-sex marriage (joking here, but supporting it anyway), new venues will all be used for many decades after the event. I don’t think we have a chance to win or even the money to even bid on it but I would sure love to see something like that hit our shores.

  • Phid

    I’m guessing it will end up like it did in 1996 when the Twin Cities were also on the list when we lose out to a larger, “sexier” city. From what I understand, though, the Twin Cities have an unusually high number of venues for athletic competition, which is probably why its name is in contention with cities like LA and NY.

  • Richard in Minneapolis

    “to resume serious negotiations on a difficult revenue-sharing agreement”


    I’m a lot more concerned about how they plan to share the EXPENSE!

    • Costanza

      typical democrat. always wanting a piece of the pie.

      • Glen

        Say what? . Richard’s concern was for the expense. dude. Most people posting negatively about democrats believe democrats don’t care about expenses.

  • Peter Tharaldson

    Atlanta was not a sexier city….it was ranked in top ten dirtiest cities. Ted Turner basically sweetened the deal for the olympic committee. The Twin Cities had already built several Olympic venues and had them ready to go (we could reuse these). The swimming facility at the U, the rowing facility on the river, the National Sports Center in Blaine…all built for the 1996 Olympics.

    • AA

      I doubt those new facilities would past muster. The IOC will take one look, give one sniff with their elitist noses, and demand we build all new facilities. Oh, and they will have to incorporate ugly arcitecture in them.

      • Peter Tharaldson

        AA- lol at the ugly architecture comment. You may be right :) I think in the new world of austerity, it may be less risk to pick a city that has facilities rather than one that only has promises with no financing to back them.

  • JB

    President Obama will go to them to pitch in his support, since it is so close to his home state. that will kill the deal for sure.

  • Anne

    Can we all remember the disaster that was the Republican National Convention only a short while ago… Too many people, too much traffic, etc. I think I’ll just head to the lake.

  • Kally

    Nooooo we will end up paying the bills for new stuff then have to pay more to support it. Target Center is subsidized by the city of Minneapolis for 2 million a year. You want more things to pay for???? are you nuts????

  • Sean

    Well, the stadium backers would get their stadium.

  • Jef

    AAAHHH, What does Sid think? Don’t all grandiose plans have to go through him?

    Plus he’ll gain more “close personal friends!”

  • Bob K

    Use the facilities we have. Add a few that we would have anyway. If they don’t like it Dallas is nice in the summer, NOT! LA is nice if you like to drive 2 hours between events. New York … that’s where you can get some cheap hotels and no issues with congestion. Tulsa … that was right on the tip of my tong as my next vacation destination.

    Minnesota’s don’t really appreciate what we have. If you don’t like the cold buy a snowmobile. Travel a bit … this is as good as it gets.

  • ap

    I think I may have an idea to boost our chances of bringing the Olympics to Minneapolis and it has something to do with the Vikings stadium. Many people say that the biggest problem for our bid is that there’s no stadium in Minneapolis that could host opening and closing ceremonies and track and field events. My idea is that if the Arden Hills is not working out for the people in the city and the st.paul council who said no to stadium tax, The Vikings should team up with Minneapolis to build a big stadium that has the requirements to represent the Olympic stadium.
    Let me explain this by steps.
    1. Vikings go back to the Minneapolis site if the Arden hills site is not working out for people
    2. Minneapolis and the Vikings both design the 80,000 seat stadium
    3. If Minneapolis wins their bid, the city can build the stadium. The Vikings should pay along with minneapolis because the city should get a lot of money from olympic revenue. That should be millions and millions of dollars
    3. While construction the Vikings can play in the Metrodome. When construction is finished, they can move into the Olympic stadium.
    4. After the Olympic Games and the Paralympics are over, the Vikings can renovate the stadium. They can add a sliding roof or whatever.
    The Warehouse district should be the best place to build the stadium, behind target field.
    The Olympic Village and park could also be a good place to be built their.
    With this plan I believe the state of Minnesota will not have to pay a penny for the stadium. And people who support the Vikings stadium can help support our bid, even people who are against the new stadium in Arden hills can support because they don’t want to pay for the stadium, and with this plan they don’t have to pay a penny. So those people will have to support our bid if they don’t want to pay for the stadium. With all of the support, we could bring the Olympics to Minneapolis!

  • TRNM

    Minneapolis is the perfect place for the olympics!
    Bring 2020 to MINNESOTA!!!!!

  • verey

    Ever since the annocement of the 5 possible bid cities, the only city that is supporting the bid is MINNEAPOLIS. No other city seems to be doing anything! Minneapolis has over 1 MILLION PEOPLE support the bid in facebook! More than than any oher city in the us. So, in my opinon, Minneapolis is best place to host the olympics becase their are already a number exitisting venues and lots of people who can support the bid. Those 2 reasons are what the IOC is looking for to give a city the olympics.

  • janet

    Minneapolis is a great place to host the olympics if it comes back to the us because
    New york- very crowded, dirty, and not very nice people
    Los Angeles- already hosted the olympics twice! give another city a CHANCE TO HOST THE OLYMPICS
    Dallas- VERY TOO HOT in that city and alot and I mean A LOT thing the olympics in dallas is impossible!
    Tulsa- well, they got space, but not the money nor the support!

  • APN

    Ii looks like the USOC have will likiky solve the whole revenue problem soon. We need to spread the word that Minneapolis is probably back at the race to host the olympics!

  • alicia

    the olympics has never been hosted in the upper midwest!
    Mineapolis is a good place to host the olympics

  • ndadf

    new york city is a very crowded, dirty, smelly city with not very nice people and I don’t think many people will support for new york. If new york does the olympics, than the city will get crushed. Los Angeles already hosted the games twice, and it semems like nobody in LA is supporting the bid, even the residents of Dallas are not supporting at all!.Also, there is no way Tusla could hold many spectators during the games. Many sporst may have to be hosted out of the state like Arkansa universery. I bet the IOC won’t like that! For Minneapolis, The only promblem I could think of is minneapolis doesn’t have a 80,000 stadium to host cerimonies. They can just build it like what london, bejing, anthens, sydeny, and alanta did. Overall Minneapolis is the best palace in the us to host the olympics

  • john

    Is anybody supporting the bid? I really want the olympics to come to Minnesota

  • maggie

    Minneapolis is a good place to host the olympics!
    AND I’M FROM NEW YORK CITY! Which is also bidding for 2020

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