The city of Dallas will try and make a bid for the 2024 Summer Olympic Games.
Could Dallas Host the 2024 Olympics?
The U.S. Olympic Committee sent a letter to the city of Dallas to see if Dallas is interested in bidding for the 2024 Olympic Games. (Published Tuesday, Feb 19, 2013)
Updated at 12:25 AM CST on Wednesday, Feb 20, 2013
Matt Wood, the CEO of Dallas 2024, said his group is working with city leaders to promote the city and prove "Big D" can host the biggest athletic event in the world.
Wood said the Trinity River Project, already underway in Dallas, could become part of the venue for Olympic events. Fair Park could become the Olympic Village, housing as many as 20,000 athletes.
Wood said the two locations could put Dallas ahead of other U.S. cities vying for the games.
"When they come down and sit down with us we say look, we're further along than some other cities and we have more resources here than other cities may have ready to go and then just make it the easiest choice for them," Wood said. "That's all we can do."
Wood said the multi-billion dollar project, funded with private and public money, could provide long-term benefits for Dallas.
Unlike Super Bowl XLV, which was billed as a North Texas event, the Olympics would only have Dallas in the name. But Wood is quick to add that venues in Tarrant County, like Cowboys Stadium, would be used.
The U.S. Olympic Committee is scheduled to make a decision on which U.S. city will make a bid in Sept. 2015.