Ravenstahl declines chance to bid for 2024 Summer Olympics
Pittsburgh's Olympic dreams must wait.
Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, invited by the United States Olympic Committee in February to bid to host the 2024 Summer Games, declined to do so, his staff said Tuesday.
“We didn't feel that there was enough support from the community to successfully bid for this opportunity,” the mayor's spokeswoman, Marissa Doyle, said in an email.
Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald agreed the community response to hosting the games was tepid.
“My sense is the community wasn't excited,” he said. “It would cost two to three billion — with a ‘b' — dollars. It's a big risk.”
Fitzgerald said he didn't discuss a bid with Ravenstahl and said the mayor likely was “distracted” from seriously considering the Olympic Committee's invitation. It occurred less than two weeks before he withdrew from the mayor's race.
“Making that decision not to run, it had to weigh a lot on his mind,” Fitzgerald said.
Ravenstahl was unavailable for comment, Doyle said.
The Olympic Committee wrote to 35 mayors to gauge interest in hosting the 2024 Summer Olympic Games.
Craig Davis, president and CEO of VisitPittsburgh, a nonprofit tourism agency, said Pittsburgh would have been a long-shot candidate. The Olympic Committee requires host cities to provide 45,000 hotel rooms; Pittsburgh has about 24,000. The region lacks many required facilities, including a stadium for track and field that could seat 100,000 spectators and an Olympic Village to house 16,500 athletes.
Still, Davis said he and other regional leaders would have enjoyed the chance to at least submit a bid.
“We would have fully done our part, even knowing that we'd have probably have been a long shot,” he said.
Philip Cynar, spokesman for Allegheny Conference on Community Development, said he was not aware of any meetings to discuss the bid.
About 10 cities expressed interest in bidding, including Dallas, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and San Diego, which hopes to jointly bid with Tijuana, Mexico, which would not be allowed under current rules, Olympic Committee spokesman Patrick Sandusky said.
The committee does not have to submit a bid to the international body for the 2024 Summer Games but must decide by 2015, Sandusky said.
Chris Togneri is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-380-5632 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Judge denies request to lift gag order in Ford case
- Google grants teachers’ school supply wishes
- 2 Oakland houses destroyed by fire; none hurt
- Bethel Park settled police officer’s suit for $25,000
- Police investigate armed robberies in Lawrenceville
- State awards 6 Western Pennsylvania schools mentoring grants
- Coach accused in $2,400 theft from Baldwin Hockey Club
- Diocese of Pittsburgh plans service in response to black mass
- Monroeville firefighters hope hot photo calendar will help raise money
- Unprepared law firms vulnerable to hackers
- Newsmaker: Amanda Hartle