Dallas Group Going for Gold in 2020

By Omar Villafranca
|  Friday, May 14, 2010  |  Updated 8:43 PM CDT
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A local group is dreaming of an Olympics Games in North Texas.

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North Texas will soon host the Super Bowl and the NCAA Final Four. Why not a Summer Olympics?

A group called Dallas 2020 has started an website promoting Dallas as the host city of the 2020 Olympic Summer Games.

The website boasts about the various venues that could host events, including Cowboys Stadium and the American Airlines Center.

But hosting Olympic Games in 2020 is a long shot.

The U.S. Olympic Committee has said it isn't putting in a bid to host the 2020 Summer Games.

And Dallas Mayor Pro Tem Dwaine Caraway said the city can't even think about putting forward money to promote the idea of Dallas as a host city because of Dallas' tight budget.

Chicago was the most recent U.S. city to try and get the Olympics. It spent an estimated $50 million, yet lost the bid for the 2016 Olympic Games.

But Caraway said Dallas as a host city is a promising idea.

"It's a possibility, and it's a great possibility for the city," he said. "This is something, that if good for Dallas -- and I believe it's good -- we will roll up our sleeves and get after it."

The Dallas 2020 group has dreamed about development along the Trinity River to include an Olympic village, something Caraway said is a great idea.

"With this type of event coming, the potential to build infrastructure is great," he said.

The International Olympic Committee makes its decision on host cities in 2013.

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