Greater Boston Video: 2024 & Beyond: The Olympics in the Hub

March 5, 2013

It may seem like a pie-in-the-sky goal -- but a local group says Boston is the perfect city to host the 2024 Summer Olympics. The signals are mixed about whether Mayor Thomas Menino is on board -- and that’s putting it kindly. Still, the suggestion got us thinking about what a Boston Olympics might mean – for better or for worse.

First things first: if Boston formally bids for the Olympics, Menino has a perfect excuse to seek re-election – again and again and again. After all, does city councilor John Connolly really have the gravitas to host the Games?

“He’s a young kid,” Menino told reporters last week.


As for venues, forget Fenway Park. It’s too small and too baseball-specific. Instead, Boston would have to build a huge new Olympic stadium from scratch.

Brighton Landing

Here’s an idea – build the stadium here in Brighton. This spot is right by the New Balance building. And it’s totally visible from the WGBH offices, not that that’s a major consideration …

Boston University

Boston would also need an Olympic Village capable of housing 16,000 athletes. Fortunately, we’ve already got BU. Between free dorm rooms and the … occasionally reliable Green Line, it’s a match made in heaven.

Some Boston Olympic decisions would be easy – like where to hold the marathon.

The Filene's Hole, Downtown Crossing

But there’d be plenty of other chances to get creative. For example: why not hold the high diving events at the Filene’s Hole? It’s centrally located. The pool’s pretty much dug already. And right now, there’s not much else going on.

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