Pushing a long view of benefits for Boston, Olympic organizers released the highly anticipated updated plans for the city’s $4.6 billion bid for the Summer Games this morning.
Boston 2024, the group charged with planning and promoting the Games, called the release Bid 2.0. It came amid skepticism statewide about the cost to taxpayers and impact on residents and calls from Gov. Charlie Baker for answers on funding and planning.
The lengthy documents, unveiled at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, focused especially on two major projects in Widett Circle and Columbia Point, spanning more than 110 acres expected to cost roughly $4 billion, paid for by private developers.
Plans, not by any means final, would see events concentrated in Boston but also in areas outside the city, including boating events on the Deerfield River and in New Bedford, soccer at Gillette Stadium and shooting in Burlington.
In the city, major plans included a build on Franklin Park for horse jumping and dressage and improvements to the aging White Stadium.
Organizers claimed the games would end with a $210 million surplus and bring big change for the better.
“This is going to bring a lot of jobs and a lot of housing and a lot of great things to the region,” Steve Pagliuca, chairman of Boston 2024, said in a speech at Monday's meeting.