The Matanuska-Susitna Borough has entered a bid to be the host community for the 2024 Arctic Winter Games.
The Arctic Winter Games is a circumpolar sport competition for northern and Arctic athletes, celebrating sports, social exchange, and cultures. The Games provide an opportunity for athletes to compete in friendly competition while sharing cultural values from northern regions around the world.
The application was emailed last week and typically it takes about three weeks for completion of the review process before a decision is made, according to the borough’s website.
The 2020 Arctic Winter Games would have been held March 15-21 in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, and would have been the 50th anniversary games, but the event was cancelled due to the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
The next Arctic Winter Games are scheduled for next March in Wood Buffalo, located in far northeast Alberta, population 71,000.
Alaska has hosted the games six times; Fairbanks was the most recent host city, bringing the games to the Interior in 2014.