Tulsa Sports Commission, Mayor do not support Tulsa Olympic bid

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Story by: Janai Norman
Updated: 7/02/2013 2:40 pm Published: 7/02/2013 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.”

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PRO Tulsa2024 - 7/2/2013 6:51 PM
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This is exactly the same reaction that Atlanta had when the idea was proposed to them. The city officials did not get on board until late in the process when it started appearing to be a possibility to win the bid. They changed their minds quickly after the city became a finalist. I know that Oklahoma is well equipped to handle these events. Yes, there are a few venues that we will need to build in preparation. But that is no big deal. Almost every Olympic city has had to "build" their Olympic stadium for the event because there are not many stadiums anywhere that will hold that many people. Atlanta even had to "build" the equestrian facility for their event. We already have one of the best equestrian facilities in the nation (the Tulsa Fair Grounds). You people need to look at the POTENTIAL that this event has to transform our city economically and esthetically. The Olympic torch must be carried “with pride” and I think there are enough of us here who actually take pride in our city. If we have an opportunity to bid, the rest of you people will eventually get on board considering the billions in revenue that it will generate for our city and state. It just takes true LEADERSHIP. Thank you, Neil Mavis, for believing in our city more than our leaders.

Stormalong - 7/2/2013 6:27 PM
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While Hoyt is entitled to his opinion on Tulsa's ability to host the Olympics, it would be nice if he actually knew what he was talking about before he started talking. That would have kept him from making stupid statements about not being contacted by the US Olympic Committee. Why would they contact him? It is the Mayor's office that matters and people usually contact USOC to express interest, not the other way around. As the Mayor's office was contacted and they expressed an interest in making a bid to the USOC, it seems odd that Hoyt working so closely with the Mayor was not aware of that fact. Hoyt's statements are all geared toward causing fear in the ignorant. He talks about the costs that might be needed to build up additional infrastructure, but does not point out that the fees paid to host the event would offset those. He raises the fear of bankruptcy without any facts or being confident in the people of Green Country to not vote for committing themselves to a project without getting the real facts about the threat of bankruptcy. I wonder how good a job of selling Tulsa as the place to host events Hoyt is doing? If he can't even be bothered to get the correct information on this issue before getting up and speaking in public, how well does he research the people and organizations he is attempting to get to come to Tulsa? I would also like to know who the White guy is and who did the grammar check? If this blog shows the quality of the research put into this report, it's not surprising it has fact issues. Why not report on what it would take to get us ready to host the Olympics and start a conversation on what infrastructure we need to be developing to get there? Instead we get an amateurish piece on how two people in positions of power say we should just think small and not push it. Being from Green Country I love the fact that we are big dreamers. That is how great things get done. If we never talk or plan out the dream it will not happen
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