The majority of Calgary residents aren’t interested in hosting the 2026 Winter Olympic and Paralympic games.
In a plebiscite Tuesday, the “no” side unofficially won with 56.4 per cent of the vote with the “yes” side garnering 43.6 per cent of support. 304,774 Calgarians cast a ballot to decide if the city would move forward with a bid to host the international event for a second time.
Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi, who was campaigning for a “yes” vote, says he is personally disappointed in the result.
“Thank you for coming out in big numbers to vote. Thank you for taking part in this conversation. Thank you for caring deeply about this city. We still live in the best place in the world, and tomorrow we continue working towards an even brighter future,” he said in a tweet.
The vote is non-binding, which means Calgary council has the last say. The issue is expected to be discussed on Monday as the official results will be available on Friday.
Meanwhile, one local Olympic athlete was hoping Calgary would move forward with the bid.
Brooke Voigt, who competed in PyeongChang back in February, tells Mix News she believes the games would do great things for the area.
“I think it would be great for the city and great for the kids around there – pretty cool for Canada.”
The Calgary Bid Exploration Committee believes the games would cost around $4.6 billion. The CBEC also expects to see anywhere between $2.2 – $2.6 billion in revenue from tickets, merchandising, licensing, and more.
As much as she wanted the Olympics on home soil, Voight notes she would have most likely been a spectator.
“Unfortunately, I don’t think I would do two more Olympics – 32 is a hard age to be putting your body through what we’ve been putting our body through already for a decade or two.”
Canada has hosted three previous Olympics – Montreal in 1976, Calgary in 1988, and Vancouver in 2010.