|Updated: 7/02 2:40 pm
||Published: 7/02 11:18 am
It’s official—the 2024 summer Olympics will not be in Tulsa.
In a press conference Tuesday, Mayor Dewey Bartlett and Ray Hoyt with the Tulsa Sports Commission said they will not seek a bid to host the international games.
The two city leaders confirmed Tulsa never got a bid to host the games back in February. I found out the sports commission has never been contacted by the US Olympic Committee.
“[Neil] Mavis reached out to them to ask for a bid package,” Hoyt said.
According to White, private citizen looking to put Tulsa in the spotlight has done just that by reaching out to the Olympic Committee on his own and stirring up what has garnered lots of attention and a New York Times article.
FOX23’s Janai Norman asked, “so we got here because he reached out to them? That’s how this all started?”
White replied, “Pretty much.”
Still, Mayor Dewey Bartlett assures Tulsa is “a city that is in a very competitive environment.”
But not 2024 summer Olympic Games competitive, at least not if you breakdown what Tulsa would need to host the big games.
“If you think about a 3.5 or 5 billion dollar budget, 45,000 hotel rooms, which we have 14 now, you’d probably have to triple the size of the airport, you’d have to build a 90,000 seat stadium,” Hoyt listed off.
He says you don’t want to a bankrupt a community for just a few weeks worth of exposure.
And as far as any comparisons to Atlanta when the city hosted games back in 1996, Hoyt says there were a lot of things in place there that Tulsa just doesn’t have.
“There are things that fit for communities, and there are things that don’t.”
For now, they say national and regional championships are within Tulsa’s reach, and maybe even Olympic-related events like US volleyball and other sports.
Bartlett said, “the world Olympics is a little bit out of our reach, we know that.”