Boston 2024 and the Rio Olympics, By the Numbers

A Hub-centric look at the Olympics.

Gold Olympic medal on Ribbon with clipping path

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Whether you’ll be watching with a sense of chagrin, schadenfreude, or unbridled joy, there’s no doubt that this month’s Games in Rio will bring back memories of our city’s near miss with the Olympics. By overturning the Boston 2024 bid, did we dodge a bullet, or miss out on our calling as the Athens of America? Let’s run the numbers.


Average cost overrun for the 17 Summer and Winter Games from 1968 through 2012


Age at which Boston’s Henry Richardson took bronze at the 1904 Summer Olympics

Average Cost of Hosting the Olympics

By City

Athens 2004
$16 Billion

Beijing 2008
$40 Billion

London 2012
$20 Billion


Age at which Bolton native Karen O’Connor competed in the 2012 Olympics, making her the oldest athlete at the London Games

$573 Million

Estimated cost to build a 60,000-seat Olympic stadium in Widett Circle

$345 Million

Estimated amount Boston would have chipped in for the stadium




Hours per week Needham native (and three-time Olympic medalist) Aly Raisman spends training


Number of venues proposed to be built as part of the Boston 2024 plan

Percentage of Local Support for Boston 2024

By month, 2015


The Death of a Bid

Boston 2024’s origin and demise.

MassArt undergrad Corey Dinopoulos mocks up a branding campaign for a Boston Summer Olympics

Mayor Tom Menino connects Dinopoulos with Eric Reddy. The pair later form the Boston 2024 exploratory committee

February 2013
Boston is invited by the USOC to explore submitting a bid

January 2015
The USOC announces that Boston will represent the U.S. in its bid for the 2024 Olympics

February 2015
Massachusetts is walloped by two record-breaking snowstorms

May 2015
Boston magazine publishes the bid book, showing financial discrepancies

July 2015
Mayor Marty Walsh pulls support for Boston 2024, and the bid is officially declared dead

Waving Brazil flag against cloudy sky. High resolution 3D render.

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Number of tourists the International Olympic Committee predicts will travel to Rio for the Olympics