PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh is declining an invitation to bid on hosting the 2024 Summer Olympics.
Pittsburgh was one of 35 American cities that the U.S. Olympic Committee encouraged in February to submit a bid.
But the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (http://bit.ly/12jUI4j ) reports that isn’t going to happen.
Mayoral spokeswoman Marissa Doyle says in an email that there wasn’t enough community support for such a bid.
Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald agreed the greater Pittsburgh area never rallied around the idea.
Fitzgerald says, “It would cost two to three billion — that with a ‘b’ — dollars” which he called a “big risk.”
About 10 cities have expressed interest in bidding, including Philadelphia, Dallas, Los Angeles and San Diego. The U.S. committee must decide by 2015 which bid to support.
Information from: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, http://pghtrib.com