A C-City Olympics

The city that I am proposing, C-City, is slated to one day host a Summer Olympics event. The event will likely take place in late July or early August. The games will be announced to a city seven years before they take place. The games will take place primarily around the Olympic zone and around the major universities which are to take a part in the city. There will be many venues planned for the city to take its place as a premier Olympic city. The city is noted for their fair weather during the summer, the proximity of the city to the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, which may plan to move to C-City post-Olympics, and the housing of the athletes and press. The application process for the Olympic games is followed by a period in which they are evaluated.

The Commission was very clear from the outset that no Olympics would be deemed feasible unless the
resources necessary to host the Games logically fit into the long-term planning needs of Colorado.
The initial assessment suggests that there are congruencies that exist between the Olympic
requirements and the long-term needs of the region:

Here are proposals for the scores:

  • Accommodation: 8.5 to 9.5 – The city will be well suited to accommodate the games considering they are on the table before the city is even built. The city will boast extensive infrastructure and desire to bring sports into the city.
  • Environmental Conditions and Impact: 6.0 to 8.0 – The city will face some challenges because of the impact that the area has already sustained with the building of the city, but the site where most of the events will take place is on a high and dry plateau ideal for building the site.
  • Experience from past sporting events:
  • Finance:
  • General Infrastructure:
  • Government Support, Public Opinion, and Legal Issues:
  • Olympic Villages:
  • Overall Project and Legacy:
  • Safety and Security:
  • Sports Venues:
  • Transport Concept:

Venues:

  • Existing (as of time of building):
    • Hite Corporation Convention Center (4 halls): 10,000 seats: Fencing, Judo, Taekwondo, Wrestling, Handball
    • McManus Loft Theater: 20,000 seats: Gymnastics,
    • Ryan Hite University Arena: 15,000 seats: Velodrome
    • Ryan Hite University Stadium: 50,000 seats: Shooting
    • Church of the Americas Convention Center (4 halls): 10,000 seats: Boxing, Table Tennis, Badminton, Weightlifting
    • University of Southern Colorado Stadium: 40,000 seats: Archery
  • New Competition Venues (to be built for the Olympics):
    • Olympic Stadium: 402,000 seats: Opening and Closing Ceremonies, Athletics, Football Finals
    • Thomas Arena: 70,000 seats: Basketball, Volleyball
    • National Swimming Center: 40,000 seats: Swimming, synchronized swimming, Diving, Water Polo
    • Henderson Tennis Center: 20,000 seats: Tennis
    • Arnold Equestrian Center: 90,000 seats: Equestrian
  • Temporary Venues:
    • Olympic BMX Center: 10,000 seats: BMX biking
    • Olympic Whitewater Stadium: 10,ooo seats: Whitewater Canoeing,
    • Pueblo Reservoir: 10,000 seats: Rowing, Canoeing, Kayaking, Sailing, Marathon Swimming, Triathlon,
    • Ricci Central Park: 20,000 seats: Marathon, Beach Volleyball, Road Cycling, Racewalk,
    • East Mountain Park: 15,000 seats: Pentathlon, Mountain Biking
    • Kroha-Mitchell Complex Memorial Arena: 50,000 seats: Field Hockey
  • Venues Outside of the City:
    • Football (preliminaries): Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Falcon Stadium, Folsom Field, New CSU Stadium

Development: The Special Commission Relative to the Feasibility of Hosting the Summer Olympics in the
state of Colorado (“Commission”) was established. The mission of the bipartisan Commission is to investigate and study the “feasibility of hosting the summer Olympics [in C-City] in the future.” The Commission was directed
to review “all aspects of a prospective summer Olympics in the state and region.”

Public Transport: The Olympic sites will be connected by the existing monorail system. The stadiums will also be connected by people movers. Busses will be commissioned to connect the Olympic clusters to remote competition venues, hotels, and broadcasting sites. The construction of the Olympic sites will coincide with the construction of a Front Range High Speed Rail network spanning the length from Albuquerque, New Mexico, to Cheyenne, Wyoming, in order to connect the four sites where Football preliminaries will be contested.

Financing: The costs of mounting the Games are separate from those for building the venues and infrastructure, and redeveloping the land for the Olympic Park. While the Games are privately funded, the venues and Park costs are met largely by public/private partnerships. The majority of money from public funds are used to build transport infrastructure, but the venues are being financed by the Hite Corporation. The games are expected to cost about $25 billion dollars in today’s money in infrastructure funds, which will be divided up as follows.

Hite Corporation: $8 billion

Angelic Trust Fund: $8 billion

Federal Money: $2 billion

State Money: $2 billion

Local Taxpayer Money: $5 billion

The report agrees that creating a workable budget could be feasible, although we would tend to caution – based on past Olympics experiences where actual costs have greatly exceeded initial assessments – that an accurate estimate into the future can be difficult. A precise cost-benefit analysis or specific recommendations as to budget are beyond the scope of the scope here. We do, however, favor the idea that, if a bid were to be developed and put forward, a responsible Olympics budgeting plan for a future Olympics would need to vigilantly safeguard public dollars and consider strategic public-private partnerships.

Ticketing: Revenues from ticketing will be in excess of $2 billion and additional revenues from concessions will be in excess of $2 billion. An additional $4 billion will be raised from merchandising with an additional $3 billion in spending outside of the games. The totals during the games will be in excess of $10 billion in revenue with more coming as the games wind down.

Within the United States, regardless of the host city, the Olympics are considered to be a National
Special Security Event (“NSSE”). Security for the Olympics would require city, state and federal officials
to all work together to offer the best protection possible. The designation of the Games as a NSSE
would automatically result in the US Secret Service acting as the lead security agency. Colorado is
distinctively qualified to support large-scale coordinated events like the Olympics because, in addition to
its many resources, it has formed Law Enforcement Councils (“LECs”) that have a tradition of working
collaboratively, and could provide security for large events that would not be supportable in isolation.
Overall, Colorado has excellent public safety and security forces and a strong ability to coordinate
on a local, state, and national level.

Marketing: Colorado has proven to be an excellent host for national and international events in the past. As tourism is the third largest industry in Colorado, the Convention and Visitors Bureaus, the Colorado Office of Travel and Tourism, and the Regional Tourism Councils are all currently marketing the area both domestically and internationally and could continue to do so for the Olympics. The Olympics has the potential to not only bring in more revenue from tourists, but also raise the profile of C-City, the state, and the region. Hosting the Olympics would offer an opportunity to market Colorado globally as a premier location for tourism, education, business, travel, and innovation. C-City would be able to showcase the achievements of its students, promote our internationalism and cultural diversity, and highlight our proud heritage and culture to the world at large.

Aftermath:

Venues:

New Competition Venues (to be built for the Olympics):
Olympic Stadium: 402,000 seats: The stadium will be dismantled into various sporting events. The core stadium is set to become the Ryan Hite Olympic Stadium, seating 100,000. A soccer arena with 50,000 seats and a baseball arena with 55,000 seats will also be built, along with a 130,000 seat arena to host Formula 1 and other racing events. The stadiums hope to attract various professional franchises of every major sport. An 80,000 seat section will also be used to build an amphitheater.
Thomas Arena: 70,000 seats: The arena will remain largely the same and will hope to attract an NHL and an NBA team. The stadium and arena hope to secure professional contracts and the rights to host large events before construction commences.
National Swimming Center: 40,000 seats: The center will be renamed, but that is about it. It will play host to future Olympic caliber events and championships.
Henderson Tennis Center: 20,000 seats: The center will remain largely the same. The center will play host to future tennis championship tournaments.
Arnold Equestrian Center: 90,000 seats: The center will remain largely the same. The center will play host to future championship events.

Temporary Venues:
Olympic BMX Center: 10,000 seats: The center will be dismantled and will be turned into a BMX park for public use.
Olympic Whitewater Stadium: 10,ooo seats: The center will be dismantled and returned to its original state.
Pueblo Reservoir: 10,000 seats: The seats will be removed and the park will return to recreational use.
Ricci Central Park: 20,000 seats: The seats will be removed and the park will return to its original use.
East Mountain Park: 15,000 seats: The seats will be removed and the park will return to its original use.
Kroha-Mitchell Complex Memorial Arena: 50,000 seats: The arena will return to its original use as an events and hockey center. The arena was selected for field hockey because of its traditional association with hockey in general, along with its size to host such an event.