Should Toronto Bid For the 2024 Summer Olympics?

Should Toronto Bid For the 2024 Summer Olympics?Toronto bid for the 1996 Summer Olympic games and finished third, behind Atlanta and Athens. I was late to school that morning because I stayed home to watch the IOC unveil the winning bid.

We then bid for the 2008 games and finished second to Beijing. Now, there's talk of Toronto bidding for the 2024 Games.

What do you think about that? Should Toronto bid for the 2024 Olympics?


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Sam in Pickering

From Pickering, I love this idea. Close enough to enjoy the parties, but far enough away to not be inconvenienced.

Good luck!

August 13, 2012 @ 2:34 PM

Heather

No.

too much debt, i'd rather the icy focus infrastructure upgrades on pipes and transit first

August 13, 2012 @ 2:47 PM

Rosie

Yes. Hosting an Olympics creates jobs, builds massive infrastructure and inspires pride in our city. I don't know about sharing hosting duties with Buffalo though like Toronto councillor James Pasternak suggested. We deserve our own.

August 13, 2012 @ 3:01 PM

Jonny

only if for the closing ceremony they blow up the Rogers center and unveil a kick ass ball park.

August 13, 2012 @ 3:12 PM

CQ

We are too bush league, here in Toronto and S. Ontario. Our 2015 PanAm Games will only be a sad last minute finished joke. Any 2024 Olympics bid will still be clustered with all our usual Civic quasi-government licenced Cronies like Skydome Concession Stand Conniver Bitove, Godfrey, Tanenbaum, Tory, and/or Premier Peterson. A 2024 bid would be guaranteed to include them, or their elite status inherited children

August 13, 2012 @ 3:25 PM

Lyle Lanley

Toronto's bush league? Hardly.

And every Olympics has those "last minute finished" jokes.

We deserve the Olympics.

August 13, 2012 @ 3:30 PM

Tim

Spend the money fixing the Gardiner and building subways. I used to love the Olympics but it just so bloated, corrupt and costs too much money. Imagine taking the billions it takes to stage the Olympics and sending it to Darfur. How many human lives could you save?

August 13, 2012 @ 4:22 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

There are great arguments on both sides of this one... compelling arguments to bid and abstain.

After seeing what the games did for the city of Vancouver, and now London, I want that. I want to experience that for my city. To quote Rosie, "Hosting an Olympics creates jobs, builds massive infrastructure and inspires pride in our city."

But yes, let's leave Buffalo out of it. We can do this on our own.

August 13, 2012 @ 4:22 PM

Cheryl

No, olympics are too out of proportion. It will make traffic a big mess, probably people would have a hard time getting to me including Grocery Gateway which will even suck more because they will be hours late because they'll be stuck in traffic. No thanks to this mess.

August 13, 2012 @ 4:43 PM

McNulty

I doubt Toronton has the infrastructure to support it. The roads are a disaster and traffic would be worse than Atlanta.

I think Vancouver is a different story than Toronto. The summer games would require a lot more.

August 13, 2012 @ 5:06 PM

Sammi

CQ is right. Not only bush league....Toronto is also a wannabe city that doesn't know what it wants to be.

August 13, 2012 @ 7:34 PM

Cambo

Olympics???

Holy cow Toronto can't even get the shovels in the ground for subways/lrt. Never mind something as big as the Olympics.

Last we were told,Toronto has a debt problem. No one has ever come out of hosting the games in the black.

What we tell the kids....pay your bills...then worry about fun.

August 13, 2012 @ 8:00 PM

dale

@Cambo

Agree 100%.

Pan Am games will be a mess (Who Cares), never mind the Olympics.

August 13, 2012 @ 8:16 PM

Rosie

The Pan Am games are finally getting us a rail link from Pearson to Union Station. We need express rail service from the airport to the city centre so we aren't bush league, no? Hosting this event has kick-started this project. That is good. World-class events gets us world-class-city infrastructure.

August 13, 2012 @ 9:11 PM

CQ

That express service is delayed. It is detoured miles north to a 2nd tier mall and seasonal horse track. A sideways-slopey 2 km paved inter-city fancy trail has been made right alongside the corridor (and claimed an awkward road exit death already). And it won't be designed with an intended stop for Elginton Avenue - without first demanding extra debate.
And Via Rail, while putting in attendant-less stations for Guelph, has already done its own quietly scheduled stop build-up just 1 km north of the airport.

August 13, 2012 @ 9:50 PM

Rick C in Oakville

The airport link is still a diesel train, no electric service from what I recall. With Dalton sticking us with 15 billion in debt, I don't think he will be subscribing to this, and the feds are focused on the West now, Ontario is just a have not province to them now, so unless things kick it up a notch financially not much of a chance of the funding coming through.
CQ, you laid it out as to who will benefit from this, and it won't be the taxpayer.

August 13, 2012 @ 10:45 PM

Wayner

Now when we say "Toronto" do we mean Toronto or the GTA?

Personally, if I had the finances I would rather go somewhere foreign to watch the Olympics. That's part of the Olympic allure. I can watch sporting events in Toronto (both national and international) anytime.

August 14, 2012 @ 2:50 PM

Cheryl

Yes, Panam games would be a mess as well, and we have to put up with that. Traffic would be horrible. No thanks to Olympics.

August 14, 2012 @ 5:59 PM

Anonymous

Yes. We see what the PanAms are doing to improve our infrastructure, imagine what the Olympics would bring. We almost had it in 2008, but now that we have the 2015 PanAms, I believe Toronto is finally ready to host the Olympics.

August 15, 2012 @ 1:02 AM

4x4 Time

Has any construction actually been started on the Pan Am games?

August 15, 2012 @ 4:27 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

And, does anyone actually care about the Pan Am games?

August 15, 2012 @ 4:29 PM

Boo-urns

Really? Traffic jams are a reason not to host the Olympics? You know, just once I'd like to see this city be ambitious.

August 16, 2012 @ 8:04 PM

Robt

Yes, Why not. Don't be put off by Montreal's experience.

I think Toronto should be bold and make a bid to host the Olympics in 2024. But, and there's always a but......it'll not only face stiff competition from a US city...probably Chicago or San Francisco, but also from Melbourne, as they REALLY want the Olympics. Yes, they've already hosted it way back in the 50's, but Melbornites are among the most sports obsessed people (both playing and watching) in the world. They have many of the potential venues already in place, and, well they're frankly tired of playing second-fiddle to Sydney.

If ever a city was 'made' for sport, it's Melbourne. It's everywhere you look there. So yes, Toronto should go for it, but Chicago, SF, and esp. Melbourne will push them all the way.

Personally I couldn't decide between Toronto or Melbourne for the 2024 Games as the US has hosted it enough times already. SF would be pretty cool, but my money's on a battle between Toronto and Melbourne for 2024.

August 17, 2012 @ 5:43 PM

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