Utah 'ready, willing, able' to host 2026 Olympics

Published: Monday, Dec. 3 2012 11:50 a.m. MST

The proposed budget for hosting the 2026 Games is $1.67 billion, about $300 million more than the price tag for 2002. The costs aren't as high as they might be for another city due to projected savings on planning costs and venue construction.

The only cost to taxpayers identified in the budget is $85 million to upgrade the bobsled, luge and skeleton track, speedskating oval and other Olympic facilities. The budget calls for the money to be repaid from Olympic revenues, and another $75 million to be set aside for post-Games operating expenses.

With new sporting events at the Winter Games, playing host a second time could spread venues to other resort areas. Snowboard cross, ski cross and slope-style skiing were added since 2002. Bullock said The Canyons, which didn't host any 2002 events, would be a great place for those contests.

A repeat, however, wouldn't expand into Big and Little Cottonwood canyons, which were the subject of controversy before Salt Lake City landed the 2002 Olympics. Becker said those canyons remain off limits.

"There's no desire to revisit those issues," the mayor said.

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