Report: 2024 Summer Olympics possible, but ‘monumental task’ for Boston
Although it is feasible for Boston to host the 2024 Summer Olympics, a new report calls the task a “monumental” one that should not be taken lightly.
The Special Commission to Study the Feasibility of Hosting the 2024 Summer Olympics recently completed a draft report that does not outright recommend the city hold the Games in Boston, but expresses optimism about the prospect.
Boston and the region face some challenges related to venue locations for the Olympic Stadium and Village, given limited space available in and near the city, the commission said in its report.
Road and subway congestion issues must also be addressed.
But the city’s limitations aren’t deal breakers. The group said it views the challenges as a chance to leverage the Olympics “to catalyze and accelerate the economic development and infrastructure improvements necessary to ensure that Massachusetts can operate and compete globally now and in the decades to come.”
John Fish, the chief executive of Suffolk Construction and leader of the commission, told the Boston Globe Tuesday that he was encouraged by the potential opportunity that can come from hosting the Games, but raised questions about whether the decision would be in the city’s best social, political and economic interests.
Governor Deval Patrick created the 11-member commission, which includes state lawmakers and private citizens, to determine whether Boston could meet the basic requirements for a host city set forth by the United States Olympic Committee, which is expected to narrow its search to a few American cities by the end of this year.
The draft report will undergo revisions this week then will be released to the public by Friday.
The commission said a deeper assessment will be necessary if Boston decides to move forward with an official bid.