New Olympic bid could cost $10 million

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  • Cowboy Dude SAINT GEORGE, UT
    Feb. 17, 2012 10:49 a.m.

    Denver lost all chances when they won the bid and then turned it down. Denver's venues are even farther away then Vancouver/Whistler/Blackcomb which was a disaster.

    Reno/Tahoe is trying to do it without Squaw Valley since it is in near bankrupt California. Reno Tahoe does have a stadium, but skiing in Tahoe without Squaw is not even a competitor to Salt Lake.

    Plus the Sundance Festival, the improved Canyons Resort, and the inevitable expansion of Rice-Eccles Stadium continue to show Utah as a world-class destination. Plus, plus, the freeway expansion is done as well as light-rail. We just need to do the seismic improvements at the airport, which we have to do with or without the Olympics. Not convinced? I've got more.

  • jpjazz Sandy, UT
    Feb. 17, 2012 10:01 a.m.

    Actually, $10 mil sounds reasonable, I would have expected more. Private sources will cover the majority of the expense and considering we dumped $60 mil for the lake pumps in 1980 dollars, a few million tax dollars to bid for the olympics would be money well spent.

  • tenx Santa Clara, UT
    Feb. 17, 2012 7:44 a.m.

    $10 million plus the usual 20% under the table. Business as usual didn't die with Samarach.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    Feb. 17, 2012 7:02 a.m.

    If Denver and Reno get in, it is highly unlikely Utah will get it again. Don't delude yourselves. Funny how you all are happy to spend this money, but squeeze the lifeblood out of education and improved infrastructure....

  • Yorkshire City, Ut
    Feb. 17, 2012 6:37 a.m.

    DonO (and I) are suspicious.

    $10 million seems like an awful lot to not have much highly questionable fluff in there somewhere.

    I would absolutely LOVE to have the Games again--but seems like that should be possible without such a ridiculous amount.

    The study as to whether SLC could and would be fabulous for a perfect Olympics has already been done, and proved. No need to spend any money at all on that.

    So who's getting that $10 Mil???

  • Jacob's Dad LOGAN, UT
    Feb. 16, 2012 10:54 p.m.

    Money well spent. Do it! Do it! Do it!

  • UintahUte Vernal, UT
    Feb. 16, 2012 8:54 p.m.

    It would give Mitt Romney something to do for the next 5 years.

  • Canyontreker TAYLORSVILLE, UT
    Feb. 16, 2012 7:48 p.m.

    $10 million is a lot of money only if Salt Lake City doesn't get the bid.

    I agree, the IOC will choose Salt Lake City.

    But, the challenge is the US Olympic Committee. We might not win our own home team.

  • Razzle2 Bluffdale, UT
    Feb. 16, 2012 7:37 p.m.

    There are no Olympic games planned for North America. With the Summer Games in London and the later Winter Games in Russia, the Ukraine and Swiss will just have to wait. The stars are lined up for Salt Lake City.

    Tahoe/Squaw Valley didn't keep their venues and Denver only has a stadium. Meanwhile, great sacrifice has been given to keep the Utah venues.

  • DonO Draper, UT
    Feb. 16, 2012 6:05 p.m.

    Is the $10 million estimate with or without the bribes?