4,900 Medals and 6,000 Hours of TV: The Rio Olympics by the Numbers
Spoiler alert: There's a lot of security
When it comes to sports, it doesn’t get much bigger than the Olympic games.
And with every Olympics comes a lot of stuff: athletes, stadiums, places for people to sleep, security, etc., etc., etc.
The price tag
The whole thing costs $11.5 billion to put on, including $7.1 billion in infrastructure investments for the 37 venues throughout Rio and its co-host cities.
The attendees and competitors
The insane amount of athletes – 10,500, to be precise – are vying for 4,924 medals. And 500,000 foreign travelers will be arriving in Brazil to watch them with some of the 7.5 million tickets on sale.
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Anyone worried about safety can sleep soundly knowing there will be 85,000 security personnel (twice as many as there were in London!) at the games. There’s also 200 km. of security fencing that will be used at the games. This was all funded by an $895 million budget.
The Zika issue
Going into Rio, the Zika virus is on the minds of competitors and spectators. And with good reason: 26,000 new cases of Zika were reported in the first three months of 2016. Since then, however, there’s been a 90 percent decrease in new cases in Brazil. There’s also been $5.7 million invested by Brazil’s Ministry of Health to help the ensure the well-being of those attending.
Watching on TV
If you’re watching at home, you’ll have to tune into NBC to watch their 6,000 hours of programming. The network paid $1.2 billion to secure the media rights for the Rio Olympics; however, they’ve already made $1 billion back in advertising.
Olympics across the globe
For those outside of Brazil, there will be $5.4 billion lost in productivity at work from employees watching the Olympics while on the job, which makes sense, as 72 percent of business professionals plan to watch the Olympics – and 3.6 billion people are expected to tune in worldwide.
To learn more about all Olympic hopefuls, visit teamusa.org. The Rio Olympics begin this Friday, Aug. 5, on NBC.