This week, San Diego became the first U.S. city to officially enter a bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics and Paralympics. the 80-page proposal was submitted to the U.S. Olympic committee this week, the product of the work of over 700 volunteer workers, according to The San Diego Union-Tribune.
From here, the bid will be considered by the USOC, which is expected to announce three finalists in May. From those three, one U.S. city will eventually be selected as the USOC’s official candidate, and that bid will be sent to the International Olympic Committee to determine the official 2024 host.
Though one high point of the San Diego proposal is that many of the neccessary athletic facilities already exist in the area, a swimming stadium large enough to host the Olympic Games doesn’t seem to be one of them. That means a new facility would likely be constructed to house the aquatic events.
Fiesta Island would be a major site for the Games if the bid is accepted. Costs are expected to run to about $4 billion.
According to an Inside the Games story, one of the cities likely to challenge San Diego for the U.S. bid is California rival Los Angeles, while worldwide bids appear to be coming from Paris, Berlin and Rome among others.