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Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Chicago's 2016 Olympic Bid Details Are Released
Posted 3:16 pm ET (

The Chicago 2016 Olympic bid questionnaire response to the International Olympic Committee has been released to the public.

Chicago has chosen to stage the Games between July 22 and August 2 should they be awarded the Games.

The heart of the Games will be centered on the lakefront and organizers hope that it will accelerate sustainable redevelopment of the city's South and West sides, already part of long-term redevelopment goals. There will be four venue clusters all within a 15 km radius of the Olympic Village allowing 91% of the athletes to be a close distance to their competition venues.

22 of the 27 venues are exisiting or will be temporary for the Games in order to maximize sustainability and avoid undesirable legacies. Five new venues will be built and 11 temporary venues will be constructed in order to achieve a full venue plan in close proximity.

Chicago's bid will be financed entirely by the private sector. A budget of USD $49.3 million is earmarked for the campaign through to the final election with $32.4 million of it designated for the candidature phase. The Games themselves will be driven largely by private sector funds with capital infrastructure costs being covered by government coffers. A "multitiered package" of private and public guarantees and contigencies including a $500 million guarantee from the city will help cover any cost overruns - but this falls short of the 100% guarantee expected by the IOC. The bid projects net revenues of over USD $2.5 billion from hosting the Games.

In recent polling, 79% of Chicago respondents were in favour of the bid while 93% across the Unites States supported it.

You can download the entire document by clicking here (6MB PDF file).


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