Calgary wants to crunch more num­bers

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS -

CALGARY — The Calgary Bid Ex­plo­ration Com­mit­tee says it needs to do more drilling into the num­bers be­fore it de­cides whether vy­ing to hold the 2026 Win­ter Olympics is worthwhile.

The 17-mem­ber com­mit­tee chaired by for­mer po­lice chief Rick Han­son is weigh­ing whether it’s fea­si­ble and pru­dent for Calgary to host the games.

Han­son says the com­mit­tee is on track to present its find­ings to city coun­cil in July, but right now it is not lean­ing in any one di­rec­tion.

An in­terim re­port says the fund­ing re­quired by cities that hosted re­cent Win­ter Games has av­er­aged around $3.2 bil­lion.

How­ever, Han­son says it’s tough to know how Calgary would com­pare to that as it has some ex­ist­ing fa­cil­i­ties from the 1988 Win­ter Games that could be used again.

The com­mit­tee says hav­ing venues clus­tered to­gether both in the city and in the Rocky Moun­tains would help bring down se­cu­rity costs.

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