June 21st, 2024

Salt Lake City Olympic bid projects $4 billion in total costs to stage 2034 Winter Games

By Eddie Pells, The Associated Press on June 10, 2024.

Organizers for the proposed 2034 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City released their first budget estimate Monday, projecting total costs of just under $4 billion, with $2.84 billion of that slated for operational costs.

The committee said even though there will be 40% more events than the last time Salt Lake City hosted the Olympics, the number for operational costs for 2034 is 1% lower than that for 2002 when adjusted for inflation.

The IOC will study the numbers later this month and is expected to officially award the 2034 Games to Utah’s capital at a meeting on July 24 in the lead-up to the Paris Olympics.

Salt Lake City has been focused on using many of the venues that were in play for 2002. It says no new venue construction is planned for 2034, as it will use facilities that have been kept in use and upgraded since 2002.

Olympics are notorious for coming in over budget, and also for being difficult to track money-wise – in part because of the different elements that make up “operating” and “total” costs and also because of an often-opaque process used in filtering those numbers through governments and the IOC to the public.

For instance, lawmakers in California recently announced they had secured nearly $900 million in federal funding to support transportation and infrastructure projects “ahead of the 2028 Summer Olympic Summer Games” to be held in Los Angeles. That number would not necessarily count as part of the budgeting for the Olympics.

Back on the winter side, Russia famously spent a reported $51 billion on staging the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, which included massive transportation and housing projects.

Four years later, South Korea spent $12.9 billion for the 2018 Games that were originally projected at between $7 billion and $8 billion. There’s no definitive price tag on the last Winter Olympics in China, though one report placed the cost at more than $38.5 billion after an initial projection of around $3.9 billion.

The Salt Lake organizers released projected revenue figures that estimate they will break even with the help of a target of $1.8 billion in domestic sponsorship.

The committee is budgeting for a $260 million legacy contribution to support local community sports programs.

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