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Bids for the
2012 (2012) Summer Olympics and Paralympics
Games of the XXX Olympiad
XIV Paralympic Games
Winner: London
Runner-up: Paris
Shortlist: Madrid · Moscow · New York City
City New York City, USA
NOC U.S. Olympic Committee
IOC score7.5
Previous Games hosted
ResultEliminated in the 2nd round of voting
Scored fourth at 7.5, although it scored first in the "Accommodation" category,
sharing a 10 with Paris and London.

The New York City 2012 Olympic bid was one of the five short-listed bids for the 2012 Summer Olympics, ultimately won by London.

New York City's Olympic bid was managed by a private non-profit organization, NYC 2012, founded by Daniel L. Doctoroff, then the managing director of Oak Hill Capital Partners, a private equity firm. [1] Doctoroff thought of bringing the Olympic Games to New York after witnessing New York's international sports fans at a 1994 FIFA World Cup match in Giants Stadium. He then built a team to help craft a plan for staging the Games. Seven years later, Doctoroff resigned as President of NYC2012 to join the administration of Mayor Michael Bloomberg, but he continued to lead New York's Olympic Bid as Deputy Mayor for Economic Development and Rebuilding.

Two of the biggest projects proposed as part of the bid were the revival of the East River waterfront, including the construction of an Olympic Village across the river from the United Nations Headquarters and an aquatics center in Brooklyn, and the construction of West Side Stadium, which was supposed to have led to the comprehensive redevelopment of the Far West Side of Manhattan. Other projects that were part of the bid included a rowing course in Queens, a velodrome in the South Bronx, a marina along the coast of the Atlantic Ocean, an equestrian center on Staten Island, and the refurbishment of the historic 369th Regiment Armory in Harlem.


Metronome monument in Union Square in livery for serving as a countdown clock to the 2012 Olympic host city selection event.

Olympic venues would have been spread around the city, had it been selected for the Olympics. [2]

Olympic Village

The Village would have been located on the East River Waterfront of Queens across from the United Nations Headquarters. During the Olympics and Paralympics, it would have housed more than 16,000 athletes and coaches. Costing an estimate of $1.5 billion, the Village would include plazas and shops, restaurants, acres of green landscape, training centers and fields, a private dining hall, religious centers, and ferry and train service. Post-Olympic plans would provide world-class residential housing for up to 18,000 New York residents. The area would have designed by Morphosis Architects as the heart and crossroad of New York's Olympic X Plan.

Olympic Square (Manhattan)

Olympic Park (Queens)

Olympic Riverfront (Bronx)

Elsewhere in the metropolitan area


  • Barclays Center (Artistic/Trampolining Gymnastics, Basketball Preliminaries/Finals)
  • Williamsburg Waterfront Center (Aquatics, Beach Volleyball)

Staten Island

Long Island

New Jersey

Elsewhere in the United States (football preliminaries)

West Side Stadium

An Olympic Stadium on the West Side of Manhattan had been part of NYC2012's plan since 2000, when the organization's blueprint for the Games was formally unveiled to the public. Host to Opening and Closing Ceremonies and Athletics competitions, the West Side Stadium would have sat adjacent to the Jacob Javits Convention Center, host to six Olympic sports, Olympic Square Park, and a new 40+ story office tower that would have housed Olympic broadcasters in 2012.

The Stadium's construction was scheduled to proceed regardless of whether New York was awarded the 2012 Olympic Games. The project was to be paid for by the New York Jets ($800 million), New York City ($300 million for infrastructure), and New York State ($300 million for the retractable roof). According to the project's promoters, the building's retractable roof, unnecessary for football, would make the stadium a flexible, multi-purpose facility. It would provide a long-term boost to New York's economy and would jump-start the development of Manhattan's Far West Side.

Local civic groups concerned with congestion and a changing neighborhood had long opposed its construction, and it historically had low citywide approval ratings. The project managed to stay largely out of the media and public spotlight until early 2004 when Cablevision released its first round of advertising against the Stadium. As the owner of Madison Square Garden, which is located just a few blocks from the site of the proposed Olympic Stadium, Cablevision saw the new facility as a potential threat to the Garden's share of concert, convention, and other major event business. [3]

Political opponents of New York mayor Michael Bloomberg, notably the contenders for the Democratic mayoral nomination, used the Stadium issue as a symbol that he was a billionaire who was out of touch with the needs of average New Yorkers. Cablevision spent over $30 million on negative advertising and political lobbying and even generated a competing proposal for development of the Stadium site. However, the Stadium was strongly supported by Bloomberg, who insisted that there was no alternate site for the Olympic Stadium and the project needed to be approved before the International Olympic Committee selected the Host City on July 6, 2005. Finally, on June 6, 2005, the Public Authorities Control Board rejected New York State's $300 million contribution for the project, eliminating the possibility that an Olympic Stadium on that site would be fully approved before the IOC's vote.

The City, working with NYC2012, quickly developed a backup plan, which called for a new ballpark for the New York Mets in Queens in the parking lot of Shea Stadium – later named Citi Field – to be completed for the 2009 baseball season; it was announced on June 12, 2005. The plan would've been to use the stadium for the 2012 Olympics while the Mets would play at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx for that year's baseball season. [1]

Post-bid development

Despite the bid's failure the greatest legacy of the NYC2012 bid has been large-scale development of areas of New York City that underwent rezoning in order to move forward with the NYC2012 bid. Manhattan's Hudson Yards and Brooklyn's waterfront in Williamsburg and Greenpoint both underwent rezoning revisions which were in part due to the region's planned roles as Olympic venues, including the controversial West Side Stadium. [4] [5] (The 7 Subway Extension, which was originally planned for the 2012 Olympic bid, was revised to serve the Hudson Yards Redevelopment Project.) The development of the once industrial Queens West neighborhood on the East River may also have origins in the bid, as it was initially slated for development as the planned site of the Olympic Village. Following the Games, the site was to be bought by private developers and converted into condominiums. [6]

Potential future bid

Upon the USOC reaching a new revenue sharing agreement with the IOC in May 2012, New York had been mentioned as a potential candidate for the 2024 Summer Olympics, but then-Mayor Bill de Blasio decided not to pursue a bid in May 2014. [7] [8] Los Angeles became the US candidate following the withdrawal of Boston's bid. Los Angeles later secured the right to host the 2028 Summer Olympics while Paris (which competed with New York in the 2012 race) secured the 2024 Summer Olympics.

Citi Field & NYC FC Stadium

After the Olympic bid failed, the construction of Citi Field in Queens, now designated as the new home of the New York Mets, went on as scheduled; the Mets played their first game in the stadium in April 2009.

Adjacent to Citi Field, a new 25,000 seat soccer-specific stadium for New York City FC of Major League Soccer will be built in Willets Point and the surrounding area will be redeveloped. The new stadium will open in 2027.

Flushing Meadows Natatorium

Despite the bid's failure, construction of an aquatics center at Flushing Meadow Park went ahead. The Flushing Meadows Natatorium opened in 2008.

MetLife Stadium

After the West Side Stadium proposal was rejected, the NFL's New York Jets entered into a 50/50 partnership with the New York Giants to build a new stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey to replace Giants Stadium. The New Meadowlands Stadium (now MetLife Stadium) opened in 2010 and hosted Super Bowl XLVIII in 2014. It will host eight matches during the 2026 FIFA World Cup including the final. [9]

Barclays Center

The opening of the Barclays Center (which was the proposed venue for gymnastics) ushered in the return of professional sports franchises to Brooklyn for the first time since the Brooklyn Dodgers left in 1957. The Barclays Center is the home of the NBA's Brooklyn Nets and the WNBA's New York Liberty and used to be a part-time home of the NHL's New York Islanders.

Hudson Yards

Hudson Yards public plaza with the "Vessel" structure at left
A public plaza at Hudson Yards, with The Vessel

Despite the failure to approve the West Side Stadium, the site of the West Side Rail Yards still saw development. The Hudson Yards Redevelopment Project saw the construction of multiple buildings and mixed-use developments which has led to the creation of a new neighborhood. The new buildings feature office space and residential space. A shopping mall has also been opened.

Renovations were made to the Javits Center (which would have hosted multiple Olympic events) and the 7 Train was extended to its current terminal at 34th Street. The High Line originates at the Hudson Yards and is an elevated urban park built on former train tracks.

Wynn Resorts has proposed to build an 80 story resort and casino with 1,750 rooms at the Hudson Yards. It would be built on the site of where the West Side Stadium would have been built. It would be one of the largest hotels in New York City if built. [10]


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  2. ^ Wiedeman, Reeves (2 August 2012). "What If the 2012 Olympics Had Been in New York?". Grantland.
  3. ^ "How the New York Jets Very Nearly Got a West Side Stadium". Curbed New York. 30 January 2015.
  4. ^ Roberts, Sam (November 26, 2006). "Bloomberg Administration Is Developing Land Use Plan to Accommodate Future Populations". The New York Times. Retrieved 2011-08-07.
  5. ^ Bagli, Charles V. (November 27, 2011). "From Ashes of Olympic Bid, a Future Rises for the Far West Side". The New York Times. Retrieved 2011-11-28.
  6. ^ Levin, Andrew (April 27, 2007). "No Olympics, No Problem: New York City's Political Regime after the Bid for the 2012 Games" (PDF). pp. 47–48. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-06-01. Retrieved 2011-11-04.
  7. ^ Degun, Tom (24 May 2012). "IOC agrees revenue-sharing deal with USOC".
  8. ^ "A New York City Olympic Games Considered". Games Bids. Archived from the original on 2013-10-29.
  9. ^ Dominski, Michael (February 4, 2024). "World Cup 2026 schedule announcement live updates: Latest as FIFA selects host city for final". The Athletic. Retrieved February 4, 2024.
  10. ^ Young, Michael; Pruznick, Matt (February 24, 2024). "Related Companies Reveals Bid For Supertall Skyscraper Casino Complex In Hudson Yards, Manhattan". New York YIMBY. Retrieved 2024-02-28.

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