Olympic Games in Tulsa?

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Reported by: Ian Silver
Updated: 2/21/2013 6:24 pm Published: 2/21/2013 11:28 am

Could Tulsa host the Olympic Games?

The U.S. Olympic Committee confirmed to FOX23 they sent a letter to Mayor Dewey Bartlett to evaluate the interest of Tulsa as a host city.

The city is in the early stages of being considered to make a bid for the 2024 summer games. The last time the games were held in the United States was in 2002 when the winter games were held in Salt Lake City.

The London games cost nearly 15 billion dollars to host. The committee says letters have also been sent to mayors in 34 other cities, including St. Louis, Denver, Dallas and Houston.

While it will still be years before Tulsa finds out if it has a chance of being awarded the games, many Tulsans are already questioning whether the city is really ready to compete.

"It would put us on the map," one Tulsan told FOX23.

"That would be totally awesome," another said. "That would be totally, totally awesome."

The idea may be awesome, but is it reasonable? Plenty of Tulsa residents seem to think so.

"Might have to clean the river up a little bit for that to happen," one man told FOX23. "Probably gotta clean up a little bit, and then it could happen."

Others weren't so optimistic.

"I don't think that Tulsa can really manage something that big," Tulsa resident Peter Gotcher said.

"I think the reality is our ability to get something like that is pretty slim," Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett said. "However, maybe. You know, who knows."

But Tulsa City Councilor GT Bynum said we, as a community, shouldn't get too far ahead of ourselves.

"We're just hoping to be considered," Bynum said. "But I love the fact that people are shooting for the stars here, and that they're pursuing a big goal."

Calling it a big goal might be an understatement.

According to the U.S. Olympic Committee, to be considered a city has to have at least 45,000 hotel rooms, a workforce of 200,000 to staff the games, and be able to build an Olympic Village that can house 16,500 Olympians and Olympic officials.

The expected operating costs for the games would exceed $3 billion, and that's not including infrastructure upgrades and venue building expenses.

To put that in perspective, the BOK Center cost close to $200 million to build. The Olympic Games would require multiple larger venues.

"There's a lot of other ways they could use that money," Gotcher said. "But, at the same time, I mean, we do need to bring in that business. We do need to bring in people back to downtown Tulsa."

"It's simply, I think, too far out at this point to know who would need to fund what," Bynum said.

But with several years to figure it all out, Bynum said Tulsa shouldn't be counted out just yet.

"Tulsa is just as capable of competing for this type of bid as any number of other cities that will also be competing for it," he said.

It's worth noting that other cities like New York and Chicago that have submitted Olympic bids in the past have spent upwards of $10 million for their bids just to be considered for the actual games.

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Mayor Maynot - 2/22/2013 10:18 AM
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There was competition for Okielympics in the murder/440 sprint with hurdles. Looks like aSpartan is in the running neck and neck with other African/American? teams competting for quad slayings. Give them death.

Mayor Maynot - 2/22/2013 7:39 AM
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Weezer #8^]] To show fairness and wisdom in selection :..:

Mayor Maynot - 2/22/2013 7:27 AM
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Tulsa!! Once the oil Capitol of the world. The only thing that rings less hollow is thecicon downtown that claims to be the center of the universe. Not a bad whistlestop for touring period architecture (tx spck) otherwise just another dried fruit ;-) I think it's time to stop children what's that sound everybody look what's goin down[BSpringfield] Mighty wide road for Olympic host not enough rooming. It's good to be disqualified for such events. Must be the need for protection of our explosive doppleganger McCallister. The bomb Capitol of the world '-)

Consense - 2/21/2013 7:44 PM
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We could do both summer and winter in the same week!

aleman - 2/21/2013 5:19 PM
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Last I heard they were to fish at Grand Lake,I guess they might come here...our politicians are ready and willing to tax hell out us of for more worthless stuff like the million dollar East meets West statue that happened in St.Louis already they so much want this to be a progressive midwestern town when in reality we are a dried up old southern oil boom town a Mecca for every pervert and drug zombie in the world

Weezer - 2/21/2013 1:58 PM
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If your view of Tulsa is correct, I wonder why the US Olympic Committee wasted the stamp? Hummmmmmmm? And a heads up for this weekend...don't leave your isolation because Tulsa is hosting the Superbowl of Fishing the Bassmaster Classic...you wouldn't want to expose yourself to the 100,000+ people who will be attending this major event and get a positive view of Tulsa.

aleman - 2/21/2013 11:54 AM
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You have got to be kidding!Bwahahaha!In the meth and murder capital with our third world streets and riverbed walk.When pigs fly!They would pick North Korea first
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