POLL: Should D.C. Try to Bring Olympic Events to Capitol Hill Area?

by Andrew Ramonas July 28, 2015 at 3:00 pm 7 Comments

Olympic flag (Photo via Flickr/Scazon)Boston and the U.S. Olympic Committee yesterday pulled their bid to bring the 2024 Summer Olympics to the city, giving the District another opportunity to secure the Games.

The District vied with Los Angeles, San Francisco and Boston for the USOC’s Olympic bid, which went to Boston in January.

Supporters of the District’s bid had discussed the possibility of constructing major Olympic venues in the Capitol Hill area. Backers proposed building the Olympic Stadium on the RFK Stadium grounds and the Olympic Village on the campus of the D.C. General homeless shelter, among other locations in the District.

Russ Ramsey, chairman and chief executive officer of D.C. 2024, which was behind the District’s bid, was non-committal about the group’s current plans.

“The Washington 2024 team remains proud of the effort we put forth on behalf of our residents last fall,” he said in a statement to The Washington Post. “Today’s disappointing announcement by the U.S. Olympic Committee reinforces the need to have a clear process in place that successfully matches a community’s long-term goals to those opportunities created by hosting an Olympic Games.”

Should D.C. try to bring Olympic events to the Capitol Hill area? You can weigh in through the poll and in the comments.

Photo via Flickr/Scazon


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