Host City visitor estimate
Rio2016 won the 2016 bid with an admitted shortfall of 16,000 rooms. Tulsa2024 could also propose solutions to solve the 16,000 room shortfall, similar to Rio2016.
A Host City is not invaded by millions or billions of visitors, which leads to overloading of transportation infrastructure.
The IOC bid documents list hotel rooms needs of 40,000 to 45,000 room (not beds). These rooms are spread out over the geographical area of the host city proposed area.
If the IOC specs 45,000 rooms, and 4 people stay per room, that is only 180,000 people visiting the city, not millions of visitors. These 180,000 visitors are spread out over the 28 to 30 sports venues.
The largest ticket selling sport for the Games is Soccer, and Atlanta1996 outsourced soccer hundreds of miles away to cities such as Miami (FL), Orlando, Birmingham, RFK Stadium, and Athens, GA. See page 543 of the Official Atlanta1996 report (page 558 in Adobe reader).
The hotel infrastructure in those cities away from Atlanta helped carried part of the requirements of the 40,000 hotel rooms.
Tulsa would also outsource Soccer (and hotel room requirements) to Fayetteville, AR (University of Arkansas Razorback stadium 72,000 seats), Stillwater OK (Boone Pickens Stadium at Oklahoma State University), Norman OK (University of Oklahoma Memorial Stadium), and other area venues.
The remaining hotel visitors would be, similar to the 120 mile radius of the Atlanta 1996 region, be spread out over a 126 mile radius of the Tulsa region.
Because Tulsa2024 is spotlighting Oklahoma’s contribution to Olympic sports, Gymnastics would be in Norman OK (Bart Conner, Shannon Miller, John Horton), and thus the ticket sales and hotels rooms would be portioned from the 45,000 for that sport to these venues cities.
Rowing would be at the Chesapeake Boathouse, USOC training site for Rowing in Oklahoma City, so hotel rooms from the 45,000 would be allocated for that sport to OKC.
The University of Central Oklahoma (UCO) is in Edmond, OK, and UCO is a USOC Olympic training site for two sports: Archery and Volleyball. Hotels rooms would be allocated to Edmond for these sports.
Stillwater, OK is the site of Oklahoma State University (OSU). OSU had 3 time Olympic basketball coach Henry Iba. OSU had fielded over 50 Olympic athletes, over 20 winning Gold, mostly in wrestling. OSU is also the site of the USA wrestling Hall of Fame. The IOC allows Judo and wrestling to share the same arena. Hotels rooms from the 45,000 would be allocated for these sports to the OSU location.
The remaining hotel room needs would be for the Tulsa area vicinity, including Tahlequah OK (Site of NSU University, site of the first University west of the Mississippi). Tahlequah has only 400 rooms, and bringing in luxury shallow draft river cruise ships to the Port of Muskogee (20 miles away) would help.
Tulsa2024 analysis indicates that after portioning out the rooms to the region, Tulsa has a shortfall of about 16,000 rooms, not a 30,000 room shortfall.
Rio2016 won the 2016 bid with an admitted shortfall of 16,000 rooms. They proposed to the IOC in the bid documents a solution to solve the problem of the 16,000 room shortfall. The IOC is open to ideas on solving the shortfall, including cruise ships, luxury RV parks, and renting private housing.
Tulsa2024 could also propose solutions to solve the 16,000 room shortfall, similar to Rio2016.