What Does It Take to Host the Olympics? Ten Years & Lots of Planning

August 11, 2016

It takes a lot to host the Olympics, but first let’s take a look at how a city is chosen to be an Olympic host city in the first place. Well, the entire process takes about 10 years from start to finish. First, cities are invited to learn about the process. Then, cities interested in bidding for a chance to host the Olympics come up with a plan to convince the International Olympic Committee (IOC) that they are the best city for the job. (We’ve got the best plan! Pick us! Pick us!) The plans are then reviewed by the committee and then one city is chosen to be the host city for a future Olympic games. (You had the best proposal, so you win!) That whole process takes three years.

Once a city’s been chosen, it has seven years to construct the venues (we’re talking stadiums, fields, hotels, etc.) needed to host the games, care for the athletes, and accommodate tourists. Put simply, hosting an Olympic games is like putting together the biggest and best 21- day event for the world. Can you imagine throwing an event that big?