Olympics in Chicago

Good Morning Sports fans!

In my last entry, the fact that President Obama is campaigning today to get the 2016 Olympics in Chicago slipped my mind. After seeing it on Yahoo! this morning, I wanted to take a few minutes to make a few points about it.

There is no doubt that getting the 2016 Olympics in Chicago would be great for the city and the country. Anytime the United States is able to host the Summer or Winter Olympic games, it usually does well financially for the host city and beyond. Having it in a big city like Chicago would really be an incredible feat.

In addition to being large enough to host the event, Chicago definitely has the facilities necessary to host all of the different sports. The United Center would be a great place to hold some of the Olympic basketball and Soldier Field would make a nice soccer facility. The Chicago Fire have their own soccer specific stadium and if baseball becomes an Olympic sport again and if it’s still in use at the time, Wrigley Field would be an incredible place to watch an Olympic baseball game. Wrigley would also have the feat as being one of the only few ballparks to host an All-Star Game, World Series, NHL Winter Classic, NFL Football, and the Olympics.

It is still many years away but the excitement of having an Olympics here in the United States never fades away. My parents recall the excitement of having the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid and the thrill of the 1984 Summer Games in Los Angeles. On a personal level, I recall the excitement of the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta and the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah. No matter where it is held in the United States, sports enthusiasts get excited when the games come to our home turf.


~ by jeffrsabo on October 2, 2009.

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