Calgary 2026? Questions and answers on a potential Olympic bid

City councillors in Calgary voted 12-2 late Monday in favour of spending up to $5 million to support a plan from the Calgary Sport Tourism Authority to spend 14 months exploring a bid for the 2026 Olympic Games. A day after council took the first step toward bringing the Winter Games back to Calgary, Postmedia reporter Annalise Klingbeil…

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This is the same approach used to get an NHL hockey rink for the Flames.  The Olympics required a large ice surface, so a new arena “just had to be built”.  It was just “coincidental” that the rink could be used for an NHL franchise.

This rational might have been okay, but the only way the 88 Olympics worked was if the city, provincial, and federal governments threw in money.  In other words, the Olympics were money losers until tax payer money was used.  This is the reason some major cities have refused to host the Games, and why Calgary should as well.

 

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