The Main Drawbacks For The Four Cities In The Running For U.S. Olympic Bid
So the rumor is that the U.S. Olympic Committee met on Tuesday at my old dinner hangout, Harry's Hofbrau in Redwood City, CA. (near San Francisco). I've seen many Pop Warner football parties and Little League drafts there, but never a gathering to help decide which U.S. city gets the nod for our Olympic bid.
Mark Foyer Should have had the meeting on Wednesday. It's White Bean Soup day. Also, it's vegetable beef stew.
Oh, did I mention that the U.S. is going to bid for the 2024 Olympics, and that four cities are finalists? That would be San Francisco, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C. and Boston.
But alas, further checking reveals that it was not at Harry's. The meeting was held at the Electronic Arts office in Redwood City (makers of Battlefield 4 and FIFA 15!).
Los Angeles was the first up and Boston went last as each city was given 60 minutes at a meeting in Redwood City, California, on Tuesday to make their case for being able to accommodate 10,500 athletes competing at a dozen or more venues over two weeks.
The actual choice won't be known until early 2015. Choose wisely, committee, because there are several drawbacks. Here are the major ones.
Main Drawback: Public transportation. The MTA doesn't run well on a good day, let alone when invaded by thousands of Olympics fans, many from foreign lands.
Appropriate Song: But did he ever return, no he never returned and his fate is still unlearned/he may ride forever through the streets of Boston, he's the man who never returned. [The Kingston Trio]
Main Drawback: No room. Sure, people such as Giants' CEO Larry Baer and former Olympian Ann Warner Cribbs said in their presentation that venues in a San Francisco-hosted Olympics would stretch from Monterey County to the south to San Framcisclo in the north, and many places in between. But SF is on a peninsula, and crowded and traffic-congested as it is. Everyone's going to be on those iconic cable cars, making them look like a train in New Delhi at rush hour.
Possible Perk: Great music venues and awesome restaurants. Harry's Hofbrau! We're gonna need more vegetable lasagna!
Main Drawback: Hot, sticky weather. There's a reason that the Founding Fathers moved the Capitol from New York to DC: they wanted lawmakers to go home during the summer to be with their constituents. Spend a summer in D.C. and you'll see why all of them did. Also, Nationals' mascot Screech may show up.
Another Potential Drawback: Giant, animated Lincoln!
Possible Perk: Foreign visitors will wander through our landmarks and museums, see our dedication to marble sculpture and document preservation and not want to kill us.
Major Drawback: Lack of venues. Back in 1984, the Forum, Rose Bowl and LA Coliseum sufficed. But would those ancient structures be suitable for a more modern Olympics? Hopefully by 2024 there will be a new NFL Stadium, but other than that, there's going to have to be a lot of construction. And all four potential host cities have already been warned by the IOC to keep costs down.
Possible Perk: Opening Ceremonies, in which an aged Bob Costas somehow becomes stuck in the LaBrea Tar Pits, and characters from Star Wars XIV are paraded through Disneyland, which is playing host to all the gymnastics and weightlifting events.
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