Bid to bring 2020 Olympics to North Texas

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by CYNTHIA VEGA

WFAA

Posted on May 14, 2010 at 10:05 AM

Updated Saturday, May 15 at 7:12 PM

ARLINGTON - It's still a while away but a group of business leaders and some sports enthusiasts are not wasting time.

They're hard at work trying to bring the 2020 Olympics to North Texas.

SMU economist Mike Davis says if you get to host an Olympics, it certainly brings prestige to your community, but it always costs money and is never profitable.

Using Cowboys Stadium and the American Airlines Center is part of the vision. The American Airlines Center could be used for basketball and gymnastics, Pizza Hut Park in Frisco for soccer and the Katy Trail for the marathon.

The Olympic Village could be tied into the Trinity River Corridor Project.

One group of North Texans have already put together a website pushing for the bid.

They say it is a long shot for any city but the honor would catapult Dallas onto the international stage.

With so many world-class sporting facilities already in place, it wouldn't cost the millions of dollars other cities have spent, just to be a contender.

With budgets stretched, the City of Dallas says it is playing no part in the bid.

The City of Arlington says it hasn't even been approached.

The Olympic Committee isn't expected to name a contender or the finalists until 2013.

E-mail: cvega@wfaa.com

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