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Old 08-02-2010, 05:27 PM
 
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Sadly... the days are gone when the Olympics really add anything to a city (or town). Everything is corporatized and homogenized. The last U.S. Olympics that had any flavor or local character to it was the Lake Placid Games of 1980 -- although, honestly, logistically they must be remembered as a total clusterf---. In the end, they were letting people into the events for free.

Now the Olympics are too big to be based in a small town, just in bland megalopolis places. The Games are so big that they become financial liabilities that cities can barely recover from.

In fact, you can actually get a better Olympics feeling just by visiting Lake Placid today (30 years later) than you can by attending actual Olympic Games today... which is just sad!
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Old 08-02-2010, 07:28 PM
 
Location: Out of Sight Out of Mind
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Sadly... the days are gone when the Olympics really add anything to a city (or town). Everything is corporatized and homogenized. The last U.S. Olympics that had any flavor or local character to it was the Lake Placid Games of 1980 -- although, honestly, logistically they must be remembered as a total clusterf---. In the end, they were letting people into the events for free.

Now the Olympics are too big to be based in a small town, just in bland megalopolis places. The Games are so big that they become financial liabilities that cities can barely recover from.

In fact, you can actually get a better Olympics feeling just by visiting Lake Placid today (30 years later) than you can by attending actual Olympic Games today... which is just sad!
Atlanta is the only city that didn't have any debt after hosting the olympics, so it can be done.
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Old 01-15-2011, 11:05 AM
 
Location: Wilmington, DE
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Thumbs up Reno

Reno most likely will be the next U.S. city to host the Olympics. This will of course be the Winter Games. It is located not far from the Squaw Valley U.S.A a world class ski facility that has already hosted the 1960 winter games. Alpine and Freestyle Skiing, Sliding events as well as ski jumping can be held there.

There are also many venues in place due to Reno being the home of the University of Nevada. Opening, closing and medal cerrimonies will take place in Mackay Stadium. Speed, Short Track and Figure skating can be held in the city as well as Ice Hockey and Curling.
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Old 01-15-2011, 03:50 PM
 
Location: Dallas, Texas
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Atlanta is the only city that didn't have any debt after hosting the olympics, so it can be done.
Sadly those games were mocked as being so cheaply done. It gave Atlanta a name in positive and negative lights.
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Old 01-15-2011, 03:56 PM
 
Location: Up on the moon laughing down on you
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Sadly those games were mocked as being so cheaply done. It gave Atlanta a name in positive and negative lights.

You know if Houston was to host we would go all out.

hmmm who would we get to flash their boob this time?? Paula Deen??
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Old 10-08-2011, 12:22 PM
 
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are you mad? Durban south africa baby!!! wooooh.

not only have we beat cape town tourism wise, we're right there with Jo'burg ( our version of new york) to be business orientated. plus we have one of the best sporting precincts in the world kings park, so please Durban 2020 is where its going to be
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Old 10-08-2011, 01:11 PM
 
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Atlanta is the only city that didn't have any debt after hosting the olympics, so it can be done.
Not true, the LA Olympics in 1984 was the most profitable games ever. They only used existing stadiums and venues and made a profit of $200 million. Atlanta made a profit of about $10 million mainly from corporate sponsorship and advertising.
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Old 10-08-2011, 01:28 PM
 
Location: Detroit
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Some of the cities being mentioned here are sort of too small of a metro area to host a large event like that. I'm thinking for Olympics it probably would need to be either at least 2 million in the metro or 300k in the city limits.

But anyway, Chicago would of been a great place to host the Olympics in, I was actually kind of rooting for that but I guess it's not gonna happen. But I think the city that needs it the most and large enough to host one is Detroit. Major sports city. Already shown it's used to large crowds with the Superbowl and the other events they have in the summer. Downtown and other surrounding areas are already under heavy revitalization. MGM Grand Detroit Casino just opened in 2007, Greektown Casino renovated in 2008, already have 1 other luxury resort casino and 2 if you count the one right across the river. The riverwalk created in 2007 is very popular, most of the used to be vacant buildings downtown are now being used, people are starting to move downtown so much that there is a waiting list on apartments and stuff, opening up new stores and restaurants in the downtown area im not even close to being done and this is just 5 years of work downtown, in the next 2-3 years they plan to have a whole lot more stuff especially with the light rail construction starting pretty soon (knowing the Olympics would come would probably boast the public transit system) and the Cobo hall renovation. who knows what it will be by 2020, especially if the Olympics came to town. It's directly across from Canada (which is actually apart of the Detroit area just as much as any other suburb) which makes the metro area 5.7 million (as of now). Nice weather in the summertime (unless it rains), most of the time it's not to hot or too cold. Traffic can be a mess but not as bad as NYC, LA, CHI, or ATL.

Cleveland would be another one that could benefit, not as large of a city or metro as Detroit but could be large enough to host one.

Maybe Philly or DC? (Camden especially could use a boast)

Charlotte? Idk. An already growing city. That could work.
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Old 10-08-2011, 02:28 PM
 
Location: The canyon (with my pistols and knife)
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The United States will not host another Olympics anytime soon. Many other countries are making bids for the Olympics now, and the IOC seems to have a view of the United States as a has-been anyway. (There's a reason why Chicago was the first 2016 finalist to get eliminated.)
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Old 10-08-2011, 03:31 PM
 
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The United States will not host another Olympics anytime soon. Many other countries are making bids for the Olympics now, and the IOC seems to have a view of the United States as a has-been anyway. (There's a reason why Chicago was the first 2016 finalist to get eliminated.)
^^^ Exactly, we're not seen as all that anymore. I would bet Brazil gets the 2016 bid.
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