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Boston Considering Summer Olympics Bid for 2024

Excerpt from Cognoscenti

Feb 16, 2014 4:00 pm

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What happens after all of the medals are awarded and the crowds and the athletes have all gone home? Will the investment in a summer Olympics for Boston been worth it? That’s what the city and regions will have to decide.

— Dennis Schaal

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Boston is considering bidding for the 2024 Summer Olympics. Pictured is Boston Commons and Back Bay. Flickr.com


The idea of Boston hosting the 2024 Summer Olympics is a stretch, but boosters still have the gleam of Olympic gold in their eyes. A special commission established by the Legislature has been hearing breathless testimony about the good an Olympics bid could do to stimulate construction jobs and finally get the state to commit new resources to the MBTA.

Boston would need that money, and more: The U.S. Olympic Committee, which will be reviewing domestic bids, requires the host city to have not just reliable public transit, but an Olympic village that can accommodate 16,500 athletes, technical support for more than 15,000 media and 45,000 hotel rooms — far more than Boston has now.

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