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
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
Football/National Sports Center Blaine
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.