The office of Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl confirmed on Wednesday that Pittsburgh is one of 35 U.S. cities that has been contacted by the United States Olympic Committee as that agency attempts to gauge major cities’ interest in being host to the 2024 Summer Olympics.
The USOC does not guarantee that the country will be bidding for that year’s summer games, but the survey is attempting to determine U.S. options. The United States last hosted the Summer Olympics in Atlanta in 1996. Salt Lake City was the site of the Winter Olympics in 2002. The USOC said they are also considering whether to bid for the winter games in 2026.
New York City and Chicago both failed in attempts to host both the 2012 and 2016 Olympics competition. Both of those cities received letters from the USOC, as did Atlanta and two other former Olympics hosts, Los Angeles and St. Louis.
The next Olympics games will be the 2014 Summer Olympics in Sochi, Russia. The 2016 Summer Olympics are scheduled for Rio de Janiero, Brazil.