Excitement is building with the announcement that Boston was chosen as the United States’ representative city to potentially host the 2024 Olympics. Boston outbid Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Washington D.C. The Olympics have not been hosted in the U.S.A. since 2002, when the Winter Games were held in Salt Lake City. The competition against countries such as Germany, Rome and maybe South Africa will be difficult especially since New York and Chicago have recently lost their bids to host other Olympic events. However Boston may have a good chance at winning as they are proposing that the main stadium be a temporary structure in South Boston. This would be economically efficient and avoid the issue of determining the building’s use after the Olympics end. The reason it is so economical for Boston is that the International Olympic Committee allows proceeds from ticket sales, etc. to be used for temporary structures. Additionally the site, Widett Circle that is proposed to house the stadium is currently a forgotten part of the city, a remnant of South Bay. However with all the changes and building going on around this location, the passageways leading to the Stadium will soon be filled with new housing and retail, creating a link. The other pro for Boston is that the plan utilizes every professional athletic center and university sports complex the city has. Of course updates would need to be made to these but having an existing infrastructure is a significant benefit.
Not everyone is happy about the news, campaigns have already been organized against the event. Sites such as “No Boston Olympics” request donations and volunteers to help fight against the idea. They state that this is not an economically effective idea and that the money should be going to transportation, healthcare, and education.
If Boston is awarded the bid, the city will certainly will have a lot to prepare for. Currently Boston only has one quarter of the required amount of hotel space required for the amount of people that will be here to participate, work, and view the games. Furthermore ample transportation improvements will need to be facilitate as well as traffic management. However both parties have points that are up for debate. For now Boston will have to be patient as they await the final verdict in 2017.