UI, Iowa City bid to host US Olympic trials

The University of Iowa, Iowa City and Coralville plan to submit a bid to host the U.S. Olympic Trials for wrestling in 2012.

The area will compete to host the trials with Council Bluffs, Columbus, Ohio, Oklahoma City, Hampton, Va., and Greensboro, N.C.

The Iowa City/Coralville Area Convention and Visitors Bureau is using the University of Iowas strong wrestling program and rich history as a key point to their bid.

The wrestling trials will be April 19-21, 2012, and would draw 7,000 to 8,000 visitors. The Iowa City Press-Citizen says cities that previously hosted the trials reported an economic influx of $8 million to $10 million.

Carver-Hawkeye Arena would host the event. The deadline for submission is Wednesday, and finalists will be notified in a few weeks.

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