One Step Closer To Getting The Summer Olympics to Boston

Lawmakers passed a bill to allow a research group to examine the feasibility of hosting the 2024 games.

Senate leaders have passed the torch to the House of Representatives, hoping they will vote favorably to allow the formation of a group to study whether or not Boston could host the 2024 summer Olympic games.

On Tuesday, in a 38-1 vote, the Senate approved of a bill, sponsored by state Sen. Eileen Donoghue, D-Lowell, to create a nine-member board that would dissect and analyze every aspect of what it would take to have the city be the destination for the future event. If House members approve the bill it would need to be signed by Governor Deval Patrick before it became official. From there, the members appointed to the commission, by the legislature, would have until March of 2014 to look at how the games would impact Boston’s overall infrastructure, transportation, security, and whether or not it could spur job growth in the state. ”

In August 2012, an independent group of supporters, vying for Boston to become the home of the 2024 game, kicked off a Twitter and Facebook campaign, followed by an official website, to rally support. The group, called the Boston Olympic Exploratory Committee, said its goal to get the Olympics to New England was “ambitious, but not impossible,” and with the latest news about Senate support, their hopes have been amplified.

The group said in an email they didn’t want to comment on the latest push forward, in regards to the favorable response of the bill, until they received the blessing of Mayor Tom Menino, a task that may be tough since he originally called the concept “far-fetched.” But despite the mayor’s initial inclinations, the group doesn’t think they are out of the race just yet. “The Boston 2024 Organizing Committee was excited to learn of the bill passing in the Senate. Unfortunately we cannot comment any further as we would like the blessing of Mayor Menino for this privately funded feasibility study to be done. After all, this is his city,” the group said in a statement.

With Menino on his way out soon, the group maintains that others would likely back the plan, referencing Boston’s “global recognition as a leading cultural, sports, educational, medical and business center.”

“We are also home to corporations that are active in supporting sports culture such as John Hancock, Liberty Mutual, Fidelity and Gillette,” the group said on their officials website.

Donoghue, who filed the bill in January, to put together the commission, said the move is “not without risks,” but if it were to happen Boston would reap the benefits for years to come. “Hosting the Olympics could also create long-term investment in infrastructure, the addition of thousands of jobs, and an amplified international profile that will keep people visiting and investing in our spectacular state,” she said. 

 

  • penucheBro420

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  • johnakeith

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  • http://www.fibrowitch.net Jan Dumas

    I want a bill to study if any Olympic host cities have seen any benefits from doing so. It is my understanding that most cities that hold the Olympics loose money. It’s a bad idea, a really bad idea.

  • zax2000

    Would absolutely LOVE to have the Games in Boston! Beijing was utterly transformed (for the better) by their Olympics and London’s incredible success has been reaping benefits for their city 1 year on. Attending both events (and now living in Beijing) has impressed upon me the wonderful positives that an Olympiad can bring to a city. There would be risks, but if done smartly, there’s no reason that our city/region would have to be dotted with “white elephants”. We’ve already got most of the venues; they just need to renovations… which they’ll get eventually anyway. This just focuses everything together and turns sporadic construction work into region-wide, planned infrastructure development.

    As for the naysayers: We need your negativity to keep the planners honest, but don;t dismiss this out of hand. The traffic nightmares, logistical headaches and security scares that people were so worried about in 2008 and 2012 never materialized. Focus o the merits of the argument and not vague fears.