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Pittsburgh won't bid on 2024 Summer Olympics

by The Associated Press on June 27, 2013 10:50 AM

PITTSBURGH — 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 reported that isn’t going to happen.

Mayoral spokeswoman Marissa Doyle said 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.

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