San Francisco's bid to host the 2024 Olympics remains a divisive issue at home, even as Mayor Ed Lee, Giants CEO Larry Baer, and venture capitalist Steve Strandberg gear up to make their pitch in Redwood City.
They'll be sparring with mayors from Los Angeles, Boston, and Washington, D.C. for the honor, which might not be that daunting. Boston's anti-Olympics bloc has already hired TaskRabbits to hold a banner decrying their city's Olympic effort. Opponents have also created a fervid No Boston Olympics Twitter feed to promote their cause. D.C., meanwhile, seems like a lost cause, according to local blogger SFCitizen.
That makes Los Angeles the only real competitor. Or maybe Los Angeles is the only city that had a shot, in the first place.
[jump] Although Strandberg told the San Francisco Business Times that the 2024 Olympics could provide an opportunity for “transportation enhancements,” and possibly new affordable housing in the Bay Area, many residents and pundits remain skeptical of the “windfall” promised by mega sporting events.
Look no further than the 2014 World Cup, which cost Brazil an estimated $3.6 billion US dollars in airport upgrades, security, stadium construction, and urban mobility projects, among other things. Or look at the disastrous America's Cup of last year, which put San Francisco at an $11.5 million shortfall.
Compared an Olympics budget, that could be pocket change.
San Francisco's 2024 Olympics bid might actually be a pet campaign launched by a small, influential coterie, as represented on the website SF2024.org. It's still unclear who's squatting on the domains for NoSFOlympics.com and NoSFOlympics.org.
Per the Chronicle, the U.S. Olympic Committee will announce Tuesday whether it has decided to bid on the 2024 games.