Tulsa’s international recognition for Native America, Oklahoma’s contributions to Olympics and amateur sports, and the Tulsa central time zone for large worldwide television viewing audiences could make Tulsa be a viable Olympics candidate city.
The Tulsa2024 committee believes a theme of Native America would make Tulsa2024 national bid, an American bid, not just a city bid, and excite the entire United States in a bid for a future Olympics.
Over half of the States in the USA are of Native American origin. The Olympic Torch would travel though these Native American named states and follow one, or more of the many Trail of Tears to Indian Territory, and end in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, headquarters of the Cherokee Nation. The Olympic Torch would then travel from Tahlequah, OK to Tulsa to the start of the 2024 Games.
The theme of the Tulsa Olympics would be Native America, and Native America’s contributions to the Olympics such as Olympians Jim Thorpe and Billy Mills. Native America’s contribution to the Olympics sports include swimming, field hockey, equestrian, canoe & kayak, track & field, and archery. Oklahoma’s Olympics sports contributions include wrestling, basketball, gymnastics, rowing, volleyball, and softball.
Tulsa and Oklahoma City appear to share similar number of venues for an Olympics bid. However, as a result of the 1887 Dawes Act, the 1898 Curtis Act, the organization of Oklahoma Territory in 1890, and the Land Run of 1889, Tulsa is clearly in Indian Territory, and Oklahoma City is clearly in the Unassigned Lands. In keeping with the Native America theme of the 2020 Olympics, Tulsa would be a better fit for representing the Native American theme of the bid.
Tulsa’s existing regional sports venue infrastructure to support the Olympic Games is nearly identical in distance and scope as Atlanta1996 during the bid phase process.
The Atlanta1996 Summer Olympics outsourced soccer to Miami & Orlando, Florida, Birmingham, Alabama, Athens, Georgia, and RFK stadium in Washington, D.C. The remaining 1996 sports were hosted within a 120 mile radius of Atlanta.
Tulsa would also outsource the sport of soccer to area venues, such as Boone Pickens Stadium at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, OK, Gaylord Family Memorial Stadium at the University of Oklahoma in Norman OK, and Razorback Stadium at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, AR.
The Tulsa2024 non-soccer sports would be hosted within a 126 mile distance from Tulsa, slightly more than the 120 miles distance of the Atlanta1996 Games.
Like Atlanta, Tulsa would need to build an Olympic stadium, add additional dorm beds, build a velodrome & natatorium, and add seats for road courses. Atlanta built a tennis facility for the Olympics, which Tulsa already has with the Case Tennis Center at TU, making Tulsa’s sports venue infrastructure requirements similar to Atlanta’s bid at the same stage of the bid process.
The economic impact to Atlanta was a $1.7 Billion dollar Olympics project with a $5.1 Billion regional economic impact, 77,000 jobs created primarily for the hospitality industry, with a 17% increase in employment. The Tulsa2024 committee believes that winning a future Olympic might have a similar impact to the Oklahoma region.
To address hotel room requirements, Tulsa2024 proposes to bring in shallow draft cruise ship accommodation at Tulsa’s Port of Catoosa and Port of Muskogee.