But as Bob Sweeney, the head of the Greater Washington Sports Alliance who is heading up DC 2024, tells the AP, Washington might be the US city most equipped to handle an influx of hundreds of thousands of athletes, coaches, media professionals, vendors, and spectators who would swarm to an Olympic site:
"We are the safest and most secure city in the world," said Bob Sweeney, president of DC 2024. "The largest expense of any Olympic Games is security, and the fact that we've got it pretty built in to our everyday life here in Washington, we would leverage that asset tremendously to put on this high-profile event."Sounds optimistic, but Sweeney's estimate that it would cost between $3.5 billion and $6 billion for Washington to host the Olympics seems low compared to recent events. London, which hosted last year's Summer Olympics, spent $14 billion, half of which went to transportation. Organizers also had to clear out nearly 800 acres of East London to make room for event venues, athletes' housing, and other attractions. Sweeney tells the AP that Washington already has much of the infrastructure in place, but one thing that would have to be built would be an Olympic stadium. While many Olympic stadiums go underused following their Games, one in DC could be converted for NFL use when Dan Snyder's lease on FedEx Field expires in 2026, thus satisfying a long-held dream of many District officials of bringing professional football back into city limits. The International Olympic City will pick the host city for the 2024 Summer Olympics in 2017. Until then, start figuring out how much to charge for your couch on Airbnb, or whatever lodging application we're using in 2024.