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Memphis receives invitation to bid on 2024 Olympics

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The United States Olympic Committee (USOC) is looking for a city interested in hosting the 2024 Olympics. Thirty-five (35) cities were sent letters to gauge their interest including Memphis, Nashville and St. Louis. 

Read letter sent to Mayor A C Wharton:

The USOC hasn't decided if it will pursue an Olympic hosting bid for the 2024 Olympics, but has started the decision making process.  The last two U.S. cities to make a bid for the Olympics were Chicago (2012) and New York (2016).  Both were eliminated early in the process despite spending $10 million on the bid.

The requirements for hosting the Olympics set a high bar that would most likely disqualify many of the cities on the list. Among the requirements: 45,000 hotel rooms, construction of a village to house 16,500 athletes, operations space for 15,000 media members, a workforce of 200,000 people an extensive public transportation network, and a price tag of $3 billion.

Salt Lake City was the last city in the U.S. to host the Olympics, hosting the winter games in 2002.

Cities that received the letter were Phoenix; San Jose, Calif.; Los Angeles; Sacramento; San Diego; San Francisco; Denver; Washington; Jacksonville, Fla.; Orlando, Fla.; Miami; Atlanta; Chicago; Indianapolis; Baltimore; Detroit; Minneapolis; St. Louis; Las Vegas; New York; Boston; Rochester; Charlotte, N.C.; Columbus, Ohio; Tulsa, Okla.; Portland, Ore.; Philadelphia; Pittsburgh; Memphis; Nashville and Davidson County; Austin, Tex.; Dallas; Houston; San Antonio; and Seattle.

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