|Los Angeles, Chicago launch domestic Olympic bids
[ 2007-01-24 15:08 ]
|Schwarzenegger backs Los Angeles for 2016
Los Angeles and Chicago submitted detailed plans for the 2016 Summer Olympics
to the U.S. Olympic Committee on Monday, a major step in the process to decide
which city will bid for the games next year.
The so-called bid books contain 19 sections, detailing every aspect of the
cities' plans to woo international decision-makers to their outline of their
prospective Olympic villages, venues and media operations.
The USOC evaluation commission will travel to Los Angeles on Feb. 28 and to
Chicago on March 5 for two-day inspections. The USOC will announce its applicant
city on April 14.
The candidate city must be submitted to the
International Olympic Committee on Sept. 15. The host will be chosen in 2009.
Other cities that have expressed interest in hosting the 2016 Games are Madrid,
New Delhi, Prague, Rio de Janeiro, Rome and Tokyo.
The Los Angeles bid emphasizes Southern California's existing venues, its
travel and tourism infrastructure, and its close ties to the media and
It includes the use of historic Olympic venues like the Coliseum and newer arenas such as Staples Center, Honda
Center and Home Depot Center, which didn't exist when the city hosted the 1984
Chicago's committee put together a 1,200-page outline that includes 25
athletic venues, of which about 65 percent are already built, said Chicago 2016
spokesman Patrick Sandusky.