WASHINGTON -- Sen. Bob Casey (D., Pa.) sent a letter to the U.S. Olympic Committee today backing Philadelphia’s bid to host the 2024 Olympics.
“Philadelphia is a world-class city that would be an ideal fit for the 2024 Olympic games,” Casey said in a news release. “Playing the Olympic games in Philadelphia would have a major impact on job creation and economic growth in Southeastern Pennsylvania and across the state.”
Casey’s letter to Larry Probst, III, chairman of the U.S. Olympic Committee, played up Philly’s population (fifth most populous in the U.S.), its eight professional sports teams and its history of hosting the Penn Relays and Dad Vail Regatta.
“Aside from its sheer size, Philadelphia played a unique and central role in the birth of our nation, has successfully hosted world-class events in the past, and features the facility and infrastructure foundations needed to host the Olympic games,” Casey wrote.
Mayor Nutter expressed interest in hosting the Olympics in April. Philly is one of 35 American cities that the USOC has contacted to gauge interest in hosting.
The city has also lobbied to host the 2006 and 2016 games, falling short each time.