A Washington D.C.-based group's planned bid for the 2024 Summer Olympic Games includes using the Baltimore area to host competitions.
The nonprofit D.C. 2024 officially launched in mid-August to begin preparing a formal bid for the event. The group aims to raise $3 million to $5 million in the next two years to make its pitch to the U.S. Olympic Committee.
"We think we enter the race as a frontrunner," DC 2024 president Bob Sweeney told USA Today.
With Camden Yards and M&T Bank Stadium, among other likely venues for Olympic events, Mayor Stephanie Rawiings-Blake called the proposal "promising." According to the Baltimore Sun, in the 2012 bid, Baltimore was slated to served as the venue for soccer, gymnastics, cycling, field hockey, and triathlon events. The Annapolis area would've hosted sailing events and Patapsco Valley State Park would've been the mountain biking venue.
The U.S. hasn't hosted a Summer Games since Atlanta in 1996. About 10 other U.S. cities, including Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, Boston, Kansas City, Minneapolis, and Atlanta are expected to submit bids, according to Sports Ilustrated.
The bid would pick up on parts of the failed 2012 D.C.-based regional attempt to host the Olympics, Sweeney said. He added, however, that the area is now in a better overall position to host with the new D.C. convention center, a new baseball park, and an improved Metro system. The bid is exploring the idea of an Olympic Village in downtown D.C. The 2012 bid pitched an Olympic village at the University of Maryland in College Park.