Is Mpls a Contender to Host the 2020 Olympics?

A media report suggests that Minneapolis might bid to host the 2020 Olympics, but a spokesman for the city said he's unaware of any efforts to attract the games.

An Associated Press report on Wednesday indicated that the following U.S. cities have been “mentioned as potential bidders” to host the 2020 Olympics: Minneapolis, New York, Los Angeles, Dallas, and Tulsa, Oklahoma.

But Matthew Lindstrom, a spokesman for the City of Minneapolis, told Twin Cities Business on Wednesday that he is unaware of any plans to submit a bid to attract the games to the Twin Cities.

The AP report said that Olympic committees must submit the names of applicant cities by September 1. Scott Blackmun, CEO of the U.S. Olympic Committee, indicated that he has had discussions with city leaders who have approached him about the idea, but those discussions have been “predicated on the idea that those discussions are premature,” according to the AP.

According to a report by the Star Tribune, the Twin Cities took its most serious recent shot at attracting the Olympics in 1988, when it bid to host the 1996 Summer Olympic Games. Atlanta beat Minneapolis and submitted the U.S. bid, ultimately winning and hosting the games.

Minneapolis recently attempted to attract the 2012 Democratic National Convention. It remained in the running as one of four finalists but ultimately lost to Charlotte, North Carolina.