Detroit is 1 of 35 cities asked to submit bid for 2024 Summer Olympics

By Jay Kuhlman
Published On: Feb 21 2013 06:22:43 PM EST
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DETROIT -

Detroit is one of 35 cities that has been asked to submit a bid for the 2024 Summer Olympic games.

Motown has played host most recently to big events like the Superbowl and the Major League Baseball All-Star game, but this would be an event of a much more massive undertaking.

Start up costs would likely exceed $3 billion dollars just to get things moving, and some living in the city, and in Metro Detroit, are skeptical it could work.

"The way it is now? I don't know. There would need to be partnerships that need to happen for that in Detroit," said Ann Mossington, of Macomb Township.

Detroit has had this opportunity before in 1968 when it made a lavish campaign to host the Olympic games. Detroit had planned campus housing and an Olympic Village at Wayne State University. A huge stadium was also planned at the fairgrounds, and a state of the art boating venue was proposed for Belle Isle.

In the end Mexico City won the bid by one vote leaving Detroit in second place in voting that year.

Flash forward to 2013 and some believe it would be just the thing the city needs to help rejuvenate itself.

"All the money it would generate, people would see Detroit and say hmmm, maybe I could come down here and start up a business," said Kelvin Cotton from Detroit.

"It would probably help boost the image and bring a lot of money into the city," said Mossington.

The mayor's office, and the Detroit Convention and Visitors Bureau have not said if the city will submit a bid or not.

Detroit would be competing with cities such as New York, Chicago, Boston, Denver, Dallas and San Francisco.

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