I’m very serious.
It’s not even a brand new idea.
Urban legend has it that Chicago Mayor Richard Daley suggested to then Winnipeg Mayor Stephen Juba; that based on the over-whelming success of the 1967 Pan-AM Games, Winnipeg should take the next step, and throw its hat into the Olympic realm.
The idea was and still is preposterous.
What about Winnipeg, along with five or six other Canadian cities putting in a joint bid?
The idea that one city host this massive undertaking, may have had its day. The burden of constructing, these massive stadiums (in many cases structures for a one time use) is just as preposterous and economically viable as the idea of Winnipeg hosting these games alone.
This idea was born out of a discussion with my friend in British Columbia who suggested Vancouver could host the games with no infrastructure required. I shot down that notion in one question.
“What stadium would host track and field?”… Silence.
Vancouver doesn’t have a track and field ready stadium. But Edmonton does.
Edmonton has a stadium that was built to host track and field or “athletics” as it is known in the Olympic Games. It holds 60,000 people, and has in fact hosted the world track and field championships.
If you look across the sports involved, and the facilities required, there is no city in Canada that could host the games with little or no construction. BUT, when you amalgamate the largest cities into a host group of cities, you may only need to build a velodrome for cycling. The velodrome built for the 1976 games in Montreal was converted to the “Biodome” some years ago.
There are enough arenas and stadiums across Canada to host all the major sports in an appropriate fashion. Vancouver, Montreal, Toronto could battle over hosting one each of the Opening and Closing ceremonies, Edmonton would host athletics. Winnipeg is the heart of volleyball in Canada, could host the men and women’s tournaments indoors at MTSC and beach volleyball at IGF. There is one of the best equestrian facilities in the world in Calgary. There are enough CLEAN bodies of water close to almost all the cities to host all the required rowing and sailing competitions.
The time zone “shifting” would be a gift from heaven for the American TV networks. The traffic nightmares in each city, a non-issue.
Just as the World Junior Hockey Championships have become too big for Winnipeg on its own, or Toronto or Montreal for that matter, these events have become too big for one city to host, successfully.
As cities like Boston and Toronto pull their bids because they see the cost benefit calculation does not compute, and cities like Paris, Rome, Hamburg, and Los Angeles bid for 2024, how does Canada 2028 sound?
The strength of L.A.’s bid is the fact they have existing facilities.
The FIFA Women’s World Cup hosted across Canada was a success on any level of measure.
Maybe, just maybe, (the issues surrounding the IOC itself aside) the time has come for our country to take this innovative approach to hosting this amazing athletic spectacle, and overwhelming economic burden.
Can we vote on the colour scheme for the volunteer uniforms?