2020 Texas Summer Olympics

Discussion in 'West Mall' started by Stuck_At_Work, Oct 12, 2009.

  1. Stuck_At_Work

    Stuck_At_Work 1,000+ Posts

    My friend and I are discussing the Olympics. After a while, it dawns on me that Texas (the whole state) should bid on the Olympics. He argued that only cities get Olympics, so the concept of a ‘Texas Olympics’ was dumb. I disagree completely. The cities that matter are all pretty darn close to each other and Texas is one of the most marketable regions in the world. Every time I go overseas, people just want to ask me about "Texas". Between Houston and Dallas alone, we would have more than enough venues… and JerryWorld is an Olympic worthy stadium that would be perfectly suitable for the opening and closing ceremonies. It would help to have a mass transit system between Houston and Dallas, but that may exist by 2020 anyway. Why the heck not? I don’t think ‘Houston’ or ‘Dallas’ carry the same weight as ‘Texas’.

    The 2002 World Cup was hosted by two countries… why can’t the Olympics be hosted by a state that carries the weight of Texas!

    That is all. Who do you side with? Is it that outlandish to think a Texas Olympics would never work. If Atlanta and Saltlake city are compelling enough for Olympic locations, I say Texas defintely is.
  2. Uninformed

    Uninformed 5,000+ Posts

    There will be no Olympics past 2016. Heck, we will be lucky to live past 2012.
  3. MirrOlure

    MirrOlure 500+ Posts

    The ONLY way this would work is if Texas had a passenger rail system linking the major metropolitan areas.

    If we had that....then the concept would at least be feasible. Otherwise, not a chance.
  4. Gone To Texas

    Gone To Texas 500+ Posts

    My impression is that local leaders use Olympic bids as an excuse to build all sorts of new infrastructure--whether it's needed or not. And the selection committee probably uses local commitment to "new stuff" as a criterion in selection: parks, stadia, airport improvements, new transit lines, highway expansions... all for a 2-week-long event... and rarely paid for without public help. Texas would probably be no different. Self-aggrandizing politicians + self-aggrandizing selection committee = lots of expensive new stuff that we don't truly need and definitely can't afford, which will find themselves empty as soon as the Olympics are over anyway. There are some benefits, of course, but I don't think they outweigh the costs (unless we could pull it off without building too much new stuff).
  5. YoLaDu

    YoLaDu Guest

  6. Ag with kids

    Ag with kids 2,500+ Posts

    The Beijing Olympics had events in several other places besides Beijing...Hong Kong and Shanghai to name a couple...
  7. Bob in Houston

    Bob in Houston 2,500+ Posts

  8. YoLaDu

    YoLaDu Guest

    wait.. Where is George W. Bush from? Texas..

    We're out of the running. [​IMG]

    I am joking, or am i?
  9. Gone To Texas

    Gone To Texas 500+ Posts

  10. Roger

    Roger 1,000+ Posts

  11. YoLaDu

    YoLaDu Guest

    Gone to Texas..

    smartass. [​IMG] [​IMG]
  12. Gone To Texas

    Gone To Texas 500+ Posts

  13. Fievel121

    Fievel121 2,500+ Posts

  14. Ag with kids

    Ag with kids 2,500+ Posts

  15. Fievel121

    Fievel121 2,500+ Posts

    God. I need to stop posting after taking various cold medications. needless to say. meant midwestern

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