Boston was today identified by the United States Olympic Committee as one of four candidate cities for a potential U.S. bid to host the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The selection came following a report by a special legislative commission that examined the feasibility of Boston hosting the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The commission found that it would be feasible for the Commonwealth to host the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games through an integration with existing economic development and infrastructure strategies and efforts.
“Boston is a world-class city and would serve as a wonderful host for the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2024,” said Suffolk Construction CEO John Fish, who led the commission. “Our history, leading-edge business industries and sports-loving residents would provide a perfect atmosphere for the Olympic Movement and the spirit of the Games.”
Established in October 2013, the legislative commission sought guidance and expertise from a variety of business leaders, public officials, and individuals with substantive knowledge related to the necessary components of hosting the Games.
“Holding the Games in the Boston area would serve as a catalyst for growth in the region, supporting the kinds of major transportation and infrastructure improvements that are essential to our state’s economic future,” said Fish. “We are also excited for the chance to deliver something that is both powerful and meaningful for the worldwide Olympic and Paralympic movements that will also connect more youth to sport.”
Now, a prominent group of Boston business, community, and political leaders – led by Fish – has been formed to explore the costs and benefits of bringing the Games to Boston. The group will begin a series of community meetings across the Commonwealth to gather information and solicit feedback, while working with urban planners, community activists and financial experts to conduct a thorough due diligence process.
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