San Diego has now launched a bid for the 2024 Olympics and Paralympics. (Read that again – Olympics and Paralympics, not Worldcon. Got that!)
They have their website up at http://www.sd2024ec.org/.
There are a few comments I’ll make about this site at the time of bid announcement. Many of these are at least partially applicable to Wordcon and Westercon bid sites as well.
1: They have a section for “venues,” but nothing is listed. Yet elsewhere (in the video) they talk broadly about many of the venues already being built. Since what venues they were talking about was something I really wanted to know, this was doubly a problem for me.
2: The “About the Committee” link doesn’t lead to a page that lists who the committee is. It jumps to a general page describing the bid. As I’m not all that familiar with inside Olympic politics, I don’t know how much the actual people on the bid impacts the bids prospects. But I suspect that it does help with some people.
3: Having the volunteer form up early is good.
4: Having the request for donation page up before other key details are listed, isn’t so good.
I can make an educated guess of some of the venues likely to be used, but not all:
- Petco Park (Unless Baseball and Softball are re added, it will be used in a non-standard configuration. But it has been used for Rugby and Tennis that I know of)
- Qualcomm Stadium or whatever The Chargers manage to get built before then (Athletics/Track and Ceremonies)
- San Diego Bay (Sailing)
- The Olympic Training Center (BMX)
- The San Diego Convention Center – which better be expanded by then (Fencing, Weightlifting, Wrestling, …, possibly broadcast center)
- Valley View Casino Center, f.k.a. The Sports Arena (??)
- Vejas Arena (??)