Lloydminster City Council has instructed Administration to submit a letter of intent to host the Saskatchewan Summer Games 2024.
Mayor Gerald Aalbers referenced both the level of excitement and then the disappointment as COVID-19 forced the termination of the Summer Games efforts for 2020. However, the enthusiasm is back in the City’s sails as they have first dibs on bidding rights.
“I am excited, really excited to think about putting 2024 out there, with what this City can showcase, what our athletes, local volunteer and committee can provide, and showcase to Saskatchewan how great Lloydminster is. We have done it before, we can do it again. The economic spinoffs are huge.”
The estimate for the economic reward from hosting the 2020 games was pegged at about 3-5 million dollars factoring hotels, shopping, food and other amenity usage by visitors coming to the Border City.
Aalbers dished on the feedback he gets on Lloydminster and what it has to offer.
“[Vistors say] ‘You know I actually took time and drove around your city. I got off the main drag. You have a beautiful city.’ I said thank you. I think [the Games] will give people the opportunity to really enjoy and showcase our City. ”
In December 2020, when the decision was made to terminate efforts and abandon a 2021 hosting of the games, the City indicates that all monies collected were equitably disbursed leaving the Lloydminster Summer Games Society approximately $400,000 for future games.
Administration also feels that a strong board can be put together to lead the 2024 effort. Half of the current board have put their names forward including Wendy Plandowski and Aaron Rawlake to co-chair.