March 31, 2013 at 6:09 AM
Seattle considers hosting the Olympic Games
Seattle should dream big
In response to the editorial about the 2024 Summer Olympic Games, I agree that we should be part of a U.S. bid for World Cup in 2026 [“Olympics? No thanks,” Opinion, March 28]. The Seattle Sports Commission (SSC) pursues world-class events for our world-class community, so we’re all in for another World Cup bid.
As for the Olympics, the SSC follows a vision for what we think Seattle can become. Instead of dismissing a challenging opportunity, we’ll explore what this means beyond the 17-day event. Our questions will focus on feasibility, sustainability and investments that leave a positive legacy for Seattle’s infrastructure.
When Vancouver considered a bid on the Olympics, it was in the same position. Their leaders didn’t have all the answers, but saw an opportunity, executed a plan and forever changed the image of their city.
Fifty years ago, we sent an international invitation to the World’s Fair and we’re no longer a sleepy little town. Our mayor has confidence in Seattle and asked us to give thoughtful consideration to hosting the world, so we will.
It’s Seattle’s time, let’s dream big, whether it is 2026, 2024 or sooner. Let’s push ourselves to consider what we’re capable of and then make it happen.
–Ralph L. Morton, executive director, Seattle Sports Commission
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