Salt Lake City, Utah, has become the first US city to confirm its intention to bid to host the 2030 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The city’s Olympic exploratory committee has released a 140-page report that concludes that Salt Lake could rely on many of the venues that successfully hosted events during the 2002 events.
The report, which includes a budget estimate of US$1.35 billion, is to be submitted to the US Olympic Committee (USOC) and the International Olympic Committee (IOC), while Fraser Bullock, co-chairman of the panel of Utah, will attend the 2018 Winter Games in PyeongChang to hold meetings with officials from the Olympic movement.
If selected by the USOC, Utah is reported by the Associated Press to be open to staging the 2026 Games but its preference would be for 2030. The IOC will choose its 2026 host in September 2019, but bidders including Salt Lake City are understood to be preparing for a repeat of the double award which will see the Summer Olympics of 2024 and 2028 go to Paris and Los Angeles respectively.
The US cities of Denver, Colorado and Reno, Nevada, are also contemplating bids for 2026, while 1988 host Calgary in Canada, Sapporo in Japan and Stockholm in Sweden are also believed to be interested in staging the event.
Sion in Switzerland recently appointed marketing agency InfrontRingier to support its bid to host the 2026 Winter Olympics, and if it is unsuccessful, it will also be likely to bid for the 2030 edition as well.
“The report affirms what we've always kind of believed: that we are in a tremendous position to host the Winter Olympics again,” said Gary Herbert, governor of Utah. “We’ve done it once, we can do it twice […] there’s not a better place in the world.”
"We are taking into account how expensive things can be down the road," added Jackie Biskupski, mayor of Salt Lake City.