As we continue searching through the rubble of our failed World Cup bid here in Orlando, I’ve been asking a lot of sports fans questions over why they think we didn’t get the bid, despite millions of your dollars spent to try to lure biggest sports event in the world here (story HERE).
The answers appear to be revolving around Camping World Stadium which some have called a *checks notes* a “$!#$hole”.
Now, I don’t think it’s a $!#$hole. But this stadium critique bothers me.
Because we spent $207 million renovating that thing. That’s two big of an investment to be insulted that way.
But we were assured by Orlando tourism and sports leaders that the venue would be able to compete for any World Class Event.
They were talking about Super Bowls. Olympic Games in cooperation with other Florida cities. These examples were given when they took your money.
And they didn’t deliver.
Did these renovations not get done properly? Was it the neglect of the communities around Camping World Stadium by Orlando tourism which hurt us in competing?
These are important questions. I can tell you that the profit funnel set up by Orlando tourism leaders that only feeds itself and International Drive probably hurt our chances.
The leaders behind this bid acted with arrogance and recklessness with your money. They had the confetti all queued up and were prepared to pat themselves on the back if they succeeded.
But they failed. No harm done to them. They should be fired but they won’t. They should have lost money but they didn’t. They’ll still collect their salaries.
Instead, they’ll go back to the drawing board and demand that we build them a brand new stadium. That will be there excuse.
I don’t know about you but I’m all tired of excuses.