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Kevin Cokely, NBC 5 News
The Dallas 2024 Committee is working on bringing the Summer Olympics to Dallas in 10 years. As he watched the Closing Ceremony in Sochi, The man leading the effort shared his thoughts about the city’s chances with NBC 5’s Kevin Cokely.
The Sochi Olympics are making many people in Dallas even more eager to host the Summer Games in 2024.
"I think it's exciting to think about the ability to tell our story to the world," said Dallas attorney Matt Wood, who is leading the effort by the Dallas 2024 Committee.
Wood invited some of his neighbors over to watch the Closing Ceremony from Sochi at his home near Lower Greenville.
"I think we have a really good opportunity. I think we have some elements that make us incredibly strong opportunity for the games to come here," said Wood.
Wood envisions holding events at Dallas Fair Park and the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, along with other existing venues including the American Airlines Center and AT&T Stadium in Arlington.
"The ability to have a place like Fair Park, this close to downtown, this close to the Convention Center, which would be our two major sporting opportunities, that's pretty unique," said Wood.
Dallas is on the short list of U.S. cities being considered for a possible bid, along with Boston, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, San Diego, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.
The U.S. Olympic Committee will decide which one to support by September of 2015.
The International Olympic Committee will select the host city in 2017.