Houston No Longer A Potential Bid City for 2016 Olympics

Depending on your feelings toward Houston being a host for sports events, this may be good or bad news. According to the New York Times (registration required), the United States Olympic Committee (U.S.O.C.) has dropped Houston and Philadelphia from a list of possible bid cities to host the games in 2016. Still remaining on the list are Los Angeles, Chicago, and San Francisco.

Although I would like to eventually see Houston host the Olympic games, I don’t want to be anywhere in the area when it happens. Inevitably, there will be a massive influx of visitors that will make traffic conditions unbearable. Also, I’m not sure how many of the athletes will be able to cope with the heat. Summers here (especially July) are difficult even for those of us that are used to the weather.

But then again, it’s not like we can host the Winter Olympics. Unless the Olympic Committee is willing to bring in fake snow…

1 Comment so far

  1. Sedosi (unregistered) on July 27th, 2006 @ 3:18 pm

    Trust me, normal work a day Houstonians DON’T want anything to do with having the Olympics here. Sure the business and hotel lobby is hot on the idea, but the logistics and security responsibilities that accompany an Olympic games basically shut the affected areas down for two weeks. Not to mention the construction that would have to take place in order for a Games to be held here.

    There would have to be an Olympic stadium constructed (Reliant won’t do) that can be configured for Track and field events. Much of Downtown would have to be shut down for some of the road events. An athletes village would have to be constructed, which would involve cafeterias, dorm rooms etc. You could conceivably do that at UH or Rice, but would those schools want the multi-year disruption to their campuses?

    I know that the Olympics have caught the attention of some of those in high places, but what City has REALLY gained a long term benefit from holding the Olympics? (i.e. does anyone really think Atlanta is more “world class” than Houston now? They sure have more “world class” debt that they are still paying off)



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