Philly’s Olympics Hopes Are Gathering Steam

Oh, so we’re actually serious about pursuing the the 2024 Olympics for Philadelphia? Appatently so: The Philadelphia Business Journal reports that Sen. Bob Casey has sent a letter to the International Olympic Committee in favor of the city’s bid.

The Inky reports:lll

“Philadelphia is a world-class city that would be an ideal fit for the 2024 Olympic games,” Casey said in a news release. “Playing the Olympic games in Philadelphia would have a major impact on job creation and economic growth in Southeastern Pennsylvania and across the state.”

Casey’s letter to Larry Probst, III, chairman of the U.S. Olympic Committee, played up Philly’s population (fifth most populous in the U.S.), its eight professional sports teams and its history of hosting the Penn Relays and Dad Vail Regatta.

“Aside from its sheer size, Philadelphia played a unique and central role in the birth of our nation, has successfully hosted world-class events in the past, and features the facility and infrastructure foundations needed to host the Olympic games,” Casey wrote.