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Olympics 2024 Bid

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Our Theme & Ambitions

The theme for our Olympiad would be Celebrating Activity & Sport.

The Olympics are a passionate and enchanting time for the American public. Americans watch dreams come true with heart-pounding excitement. The Olympics are encouragement for the young and old alike to make a commitment and stick to it.

At the same time, the United States is stuck in an obesity crisis. More than one-third of American adults (35.7%) and approximately 17% (12.5 million) of children and teenagers aged 2-19 are obese. Obesity trends have tripled amongst American children since 1980. The costs – financial and human – of this are extraordinary.

In hosting the Olympics, we hope to encourage with local and national health partners to support and encourage personal fitness. The games are opportunity we hope to seize to support healthy habits.

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A Little Bit About MSP

The Minneapolis-Saint Paul region is home to nearly 3.5 millions people and is a burgeoning metropolis rich in history, culture, passion, and economic growth.

We're the home of of 15 Fortune 500 companies – more than any other city. Right behind New York and Chicago, Minneapolis is home to the third-largest theater market in the US. We are tied as one of America's most literate cities.

In the most recent available demographics report of Minneapolis and Saint Paul (2006/2007): 13.9% of our city's population is Black or African American, 1.16% American Indian or Alaskan Native, 7.12% Asian American (including 3.76% Hmong – the largest Hmong population within the United States), 2.51% some other race, 2.91% two or more races, and 8.01% Hispanic of any race.

36.7% of our cities' residents volunteer, ranking us as 1st amongst the 51 largest metropolises in the US. Together, we contribute just short of 100 million hour each year. We expect this passion for giving back to our community to continue through the Olympic games and beyond.

Main Stadium: Vikings Stadium

Minnesota Multi-Purpose Stadium - Designed by HKS Sports & Entertainment

Completed in 2016, the Vikings Stadium is the home of sport and activity in Minneapolis. The building is the permanent home of the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League (NFL). The building was built at a budget of just over $1 billion.

It is publicly-owned by the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority. It carries a standard 65,000 capacity, but is built to accommodate an expanded 73,000 capacity for special occasions, including the Super Bowl and the Olympic Ceremonies.

The facility is home to a state-of-the-art clear fixed roof, providing a guarantee of good conditions with plenty of natural light.

A Unique Games

In partnership with our bid, we have explicitly added the capacity and plans to add Women's Roller Derby as an official demonstration sport, in Mariucci Arena.

We hope the sport can continue thought about the potential for roller-based sports to be added to the Olympic programme, something that has been in discussions for nearly a decade.

Further, we hope to use the opportunity to promote women's roller derby in particular as a highlighted activity for women's participation in amateur sport – connecting our games to our broader theme of individual fitness (above) and to our diversity commitment (below).

Venues List & Information

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Three Key Venues

We're putting up three fantastic venues for the Category A events, which form the core the sports for Olympic attention and programming.

Other Venues

To secure the bid, we're willing to build on a number of our current resources and build a few new facilities to welcome the Olympic Games to our city in 2024.

Sports List

Basketball – Target Center (Downtown Minneapolis)
Soccer – Farmer's Market Stadium (Downtown Minneapolis)

  • Men’s Individual – Hazeltine National Golf Club (South Metro)
  • Women’s Individual – Hazeltine National Golf Club (South Metro)
  • Men’s Foursomes – Victory Links NSC (Blaine MN)
  • Women’s Foursomes – Victory Links NSC (Blaine)
  • Swimming (Pool) – Minneapolis Armory Aquatics Center (Downtown Minneapolis)
  • Swimming (Open Water) – Lakeside Olympic Pavilion (Downtown Minneapolis)
  • Diving – Minneapolis Armory Aquatics Center (Downtown Minneapolis)
  • Water Polo – University of Minnesota Aquatic Center (University)
  • Track – Vikings Stadium (Downtown Minneapolis)
  • Marathon – Adapted Minneapolis Marathon via Riverfront/Vikings Stadium (Downtown Minneapolis)
  • Field – Vikings Stadium (Downtown Minneapolis)
  • Cross-Country – Minneapolis Valley National Wildlife Refuge to Fort Snelling (South Metro)
Combined Events
  • Men's Decathlon ­– Vikings Stadium (Downtown Minneapolis)
  • Men's 8km Cross-Country Biathlon – Minneapolis Valley National Wildlife Refuge to Fort Snelling (South Metro)
  • Women's Heptathlon – Vikings Stadium (Downtown Minneapolis)
  • Women's 6km Cross-Country Biathlon – Vikings Stadium to Fort Snelling (Downtown Minneapolis)
  • Track – NSC Velodrome (Blaine)
  • Road – Grand Rounds Parkway (Downtown Minneapolis)
  • Cross Country – Minneapolis Valley National Wildlife Refuge to Fort Snelling (South Metro)
Tennis – Lakside Olympic Pavilion (Downtown Minneapolis)
Rugby Sevens – NSC Stadium (Blaine)
Volleyball (Indoor) – Williams Arena (University)
Volleyball (Beach) – Lakeside Olympic Pavilion (Downtown Minneapolis)
Field Hockey – Olympic Green NSC (Blaine)
Gymnastics – Xcel Energy Center (Downtown Saint Paul)
Rhythmic Gymnastics – Xcel Energy Center (Downtown Saint Paul)
Trampoline – Xcel Energy Center (Downtown Saint Paul)
American Football – TCF Bank Stadium (University)
Triathlon – Lakeside Olympic Centre to Riverfront (Downtown Minneapolis)
Badminton – RiverCentre (Downtown Saint Paul)
Fencing – Ridder Arena (University)
Canoe & Kayak
  • Sprint – Lakeside Olympic Pavilion (Downtown Minneapolis)
  • Slalom – Nicollet Island Whitewater Park (Downtown Minneapolis)
Rowing – Lakeside Olympic Pavilion (Downtown Minneapolis)
Sailing – Duluth (Lake Superior)
Handball – Mariucci Arena (University)
Shooting – Fort Snelling (South Metro)
Weightlifting – Roy Wilkins Auditorium (Downtown Saint Paul)
Martial Arts – Minneapolis Convention Center (Downtown Minneapolis)
  • Judo
  • Taekwondo
  • Wrestling
  • Boxing
Equestrian – Canterbury Park (South Metro)
Table Tennis – University Sports Pavilion (University)
Mountain Cycling – Buck Hill (South Metro)
Women’s Roller Derby (Demonstration Sport) – Mariucci Arena (University)

Our Experience

Earlier, the city of Minneapolis was hesitant to take on an Olympics bid; however, now together as Minneapolis–Saint Paul, we are returning with new experience for the task ahead.

We have the relevant experience leading up to Olympics ceremony, including:

This experience has developed our cities' ability to handle major national-level events, not just in terms of on the ground logistics but in partnering with major media partners to deliver programming to a global audience. We look forward to the test that the Olympics bring.

Diversity Statement

Diversity is important to Minneapolis–Saint Paul. We pride ourselves on our inclusive nature and our rich and vibrant history. Our cities are a commonly shared community amongst the various people, faiths, cultures, and backgrounds that have contributed to it.

An Olympics that we host would be no different. We would readily welcome athletes, coaches, team members, and visitors from around the globe of every faith, race, ethnicity, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, and ability. We would further willingly make a commitment to ensure that our games and our celebrations are inclusive to all to the fullest extent possible.

Living in Minneapolis

Olympic Village (Fridley)

Just north of Minneapolis is the town of Fridley, Minnesota. Here, on the Mississippi River coastline, just a 3-minute walk southwest of Fridley station – directly connecting into Target Center and the operational centre of the Olympic Ceremonies – we aim to build the our Olympic Village (digitally drafted, right).

The town of Fridley allows for a growth of the Olympic Village into a sustainable residential neighborhood after the Games and provides for a secure venue to the venues. The Northstar Line connects directly to Target Center Station and is halfway to the National Sports Center, in Blaine, Minnesota, which is the home of soccer, golf, track cycling, rugby, and field hockey events.

Hotel Rooms & Visitors Capacity

The Minneapolis games would aim to be welcoming to as many as those who would like to attend. The local, seven-county area is home to roughly 35,000 hotel rooms – just short of the IOC's recommended 40,000 guidance. As such, if selected as the USOC bid, we would further plans to develop additional accommodation to visitors to the city.

Olympic Ambitions

Cultural Inclusion

We have Olympic ambitions for our city that runs beyond the games themselves.

We hope to integrate the games into our culturally-rich summer calendar of community events. Instead of diverting effort, resources, and time to hosting a central programme of cultural events during the games, we hope to instead support and bolster our current annual celebrations that bookend the games: Twin Cities Pride, celebrating our diversity and support for LGBT community, and the Minneapolis Aquatennial, celebrating the rivers, waterways, and lakes of our area.

We hope that in bringing the world to Minneapolis–Saint Paul, they'll get to experience the Twin Cities as they actually are. We have already piloted proposals for an Olympic float at Pride and will incorporate diversity and globalisation as the overarching theme for the 2024 Aquatennial. We'll provide guaranteed extended accommodated stays in the Olympic Village for athletes who pre-register their participation in either event.

A World-Class Twin Cities

We want to host the Olympics not only because we have the passion for it and we think 2024 is our time: hosting the Olympics will have a lasting impact on the development of Minneapolis–Saint Paul.

The Olympics provide us the opportunity to bolster and build upon our current sporting infrastructure to create world-class facilities that will help us to recruit stronger professional teams and encourage more community participation in sport. As examples, we hope to make a strong bid for the locally-adored Minnesota United FC to become part of Major League Soccer with a new Farmer's Market Stadium and to provide a world-class swimming facility to the wider community in the Minnesota Armory Aquatics Center.

We also hope to bring the Twin Cities from the national level to the international level. In hosting some of the nation's most prominent sporting events, including the Super Bowl and the NCAA Final Four, we hope that our cities can show not just the United States but the entire world what kind of place Minneapolis–Saint Paul is.

Getting Around Minneapolis–Saint Paul

MSP Airport

The Minneapolis–Saint Paul Airport is an international airport, with daily services to three continents. The airport is within 10 miles of both Minneapolis and Saint Paul downtowns.

The airport is recognized as one of the Top 40 air entry points into the United States and serves as a hub airport for Delta Air Lines.

The airport is directly connected to downtown Minneapolis and the central Target Center Station via the METRO Blue Line.

Public Transit

Our public transportation systems are perfectly positioned to support the community and movement of an Olympic games. We have intentionally chosen the Target Center as the operational center of the games – from this destination, one can take direct routes to MSP airport, the planned Olympic Village, the University of Minnesota, and Saint Paul downtown.

Public transit has been an area of recent growth as the MSP area has spent extraordinary effort in the last decade to grow METRO light rail and bus rapid transit lines, including our busiest route, the light rail METRO Blue Line. Early success in METRO Blue Line, garnering 13% of city ridership in just five years of operation suggests a continued high potential for continued growth as the METRO system expands to its five new lines, connecting Minneapolis, Saint Paul, the Mall of America, MSP Airport, and surrounding towns. The fifth line, the Orange Line, is planned to open in the next year.

In the years ahead before the games, we will use the Olympics to focus our efforts for future development, prioritising connections between hotels, cultural venues, and the venues of the games, establishing the Target Center as a transit hub for the Minneapolis–Saint Paul area.

We anticipate offering an expanded number of buses running normal routes during the games. The bus system, representing roughly 86% of public transit trips made in the MSP area, is the core to the transit package in our cities. Daily ridership (Q3 2012) is at 267,700. We hope to be able to manage a 400,000 ridership during the Olympics.

Finally, we'll focus remaining resources to develop green 'Olympic Walkways' that will create a networked web of pedestrian paths throughout downtown Minneapolis and Saint Paul. We aim to build walkways that will connect venues to transportation hubs in each cluster, to make it easy and enjoyable for visitors to travel from venue to venue during the games.

Setting the Date

Summer XXXIII Olympiad

Tuesday, July 2nd 2024 at 6:30pm to Sunday, July 21st 2024 at 11pm

Minneapolis, MN, United States

Minneapolis, MN

XVII Summer Paralympics

Monday, Aug. 5th 2024 at 12pm to Sunday, Aug. 18th 2024 at 11pm

Minneapolis, MN, United States

Minneapolis, MN

We have the dates in our calendars already!

And we hope you'll join us for the celebration.

We're hosting the Final Four once again in April 2024 (per Litch). In late June, our annual LGBT celebration takes over Minneapolis. For the third week of July, the Aquatennial brings together our community over our shared history.

Supported by Team #MSP2024

The #MSP2024 team is comprised of Geoffrey Phillips (Chair), Arnold Vinick, Michael Winchester, and Goran Brankovich.

USG Player names: Layna, Wetherington, Michael, Smith.