Olympic Games impact to the Tulsa region

Olympic Games impact to the Tulsa region

London2012 and Vancouver2010 broke even.

Atlanta posted a profit of $19M. (see page 222 of the official report) Tulsa2024 plans to follow the Atlanta1996 model, because it was successful, and our current infrastructure is at the same stage of the bid process as Atlanta was during their 1988-89 bid process.

Tulsa has two more venues than Atlanta1996 did, at the same stage of the bid process. Atlanta1996 had to build an equestrian facility in Conyers, GA, and a shooting facility at Wolf Creek. Tulsa has multiple shooting facilities, and Expo Square had hosted multiple equestrian events (along with Fair Meadows)

Atlanta used the Olympics as a catalyst to get many infrastructure projects performed.

Olympic funds are not allowed to be spent on local capital projects. Tulsa2024 hopes that the 2024 games would be a catalyst to get capital projects performed, many of which have been planned for decades, such as

  • Building additional dorms for area universities

Tulsa2024 hopes that planning whitewater evens below a dam-controller low water dam would encourage the City to finally find a way to get a viable low water dam project approved.  Atlanta hosted the 1996 whitewater events 108 miles away, at the Ocoee River.   The impact of Atlanta Hosting Wikipedia details can be found here:

Construction of the course was a pivotal event in the history of Olympic whitewater. The first Olympic whitewater competition took place during the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, using the world's first artificial slalom course, the Eiskanal in nearby Augsburg, as the venue. Because of the expense of course construction, the next four Summer Olympic Games were held without whitewater events. In 1992, for the Barcelona games, an artificial slalom course, Parc Olímpic del Segre, was constructed in the nearby Pyrenees mountains, using natural streamflow supplemented by pump-driven recirculation.

After 1992, because of construction expense, the future of Olympic whitewater events was once again in question. Had they not been included in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, they might have been dropped forever, but Ocoee established whitewater as a permanent feature of the summer Olympics. Every host city since 1996 has built a whitewater stadium powered entirely by electric pumps (which consume electricity at the rate of about three megawatts, one-tenth the net electricity cost of the Ocoee course).