Minneapolis considers 2024 Olympic bid

10:01 PM, Feb 6, 2013   |    comments
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MINNEAPOLIS - Minnesota's largest city is considering a bid for the 2024 summer Olympic games. Mayor R.T. likes the idea. So does "Meet Minneapolis," the city's convention and visitors office.

"It's very early in the process but I think we certainly want to be in the game when the time comes," says Meet Minneapolis CEO Melvin Tennant.

Tennant's office will spearhead the bid and has already begun talking with the US Olympic Committee about what the bid process entails.

"We have to, of course, put together a very strong local host committee and I think we have the corporate and civic support to really make that happen," says Melvin.

Some strengths Minneapolis brings to the table are a large international airport, several new stadiums and an expanding light rail system. Also, the city is home to several major corporate headquarters which could help with fundraising.

Drawbacks include a lack of hotel rooms and the city's infrastructure would need major upgrades.

"There are specific venues we would need to add but I think we have the winning spirit," says Melvin.

College student Cameron Thomsen is already showing off that spirit. He started a Twitter and Facebook page called '2024 Twin Cities'.

"I'm not an Olympian or anything like that but it just made me really excited," says Thomsen.

An exciting prospect that could put the Twin Cities on the global map in a very big way.

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