Why Not Minnesota for the 2024 Summer Olympics?

When the news broke on Monday, that Boston Martin J. Walsh (D) ended his city’s bid with his unwillingness  to sign a contract for a guarantee from the host community; we thought, why not Minnesota.  We already have many of the facilities necessary for use in 2024. Then the Vikings Stadium will be eight years old; the University of Minnesota Stadium will be ready for a facelift and the University of Minnesota Aquatics Center at the will be in line for refurbishment.

Minnesota already holds the USA International Cup (Soccer) at the National Sports Center in Blaine, Twin Cities Marathon route can be utilized for an Olympic marathon and there are opportunities to use the local colleges and Universities facilities, which are largely unused in the summer. We are making a suggested list of venues, already in place that could be used, and many are already internationally recognized in their respective sports.

We just through together a suggested list of the Olympic event and existing facilities and locations throughout the state, which can accommodate. So let’s start the hashtag #WhynotMN #MNOlympics2024.

The various events listed for the 2016 Olympics are:

Aquatics-Diving Swimming Synchronized Swimming Water Polo/U of MN Aquatics Center

Archery/Theodore Worth Park

Badminton/Eagan Senior High School

Basketball/Target Center

Boxing/Xcel Energy Center

Canoe Slalom Sprint/ Any Minneapolis Lake

BMX Cycling/Ham Lake Road Cycling/Stillwater Track Cycling/National Sports Center Blaine/ Mountain Bike/St Paul River Bottoms/Crosby Farm Park

Equestrian Dressage Eventing Jumping/Western Hennepin County

Fencing/Hamline University

Football/National Sports Center Blaine

Golf/Hazeltine

Gymnastics/U of MN

Gymnastics Artistic Gymnastics Rhythmic Trampoline/University of St Thomas

Handball/St Paul Parks & Rec

Hockey/St Paul Parks & Rec

Judo/St Catherine’s College

Modern pentathlon/Bethel College

Rowing/St Paul Mississippi River

Rugby/Fort Snelling Polo Fields

Sailing/Duluth, Lake Superior/Lake Minnetonka

Shooting/Oakdale Gun Club/Metro Gun Club/South St Paul Rod & Gun Club

Table tennis/St Paul Central High Scool

Taekwondo/Minneapolis South High School

Tennis/U of MN

Triathlon/Shoreview Turtleman Course

Beach Volleyball/Lake Calhoun

Women’s Volleyball/U of MN

Women’s Volleyball/Concordia College

Weightlifting/St Paul RiverCentre

Wrestling/U of MN

Greco-Roman Freestyle/ Augsburg College

If you have other suggestions let us know, none of this is locked in stone.

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