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  1. Less than 24hrs after Governor Patrick signs Olympic Bill into law, Mitt Romney backs Boston as ’24 Olympic host.

    “I would love to see the Games come back to the United States and I think Boston would be the best imaginable place to have them,” Romney told the Herald yesterday, just hours after Gov. Deval Patrick signed legislation yesterday creating an 11-member panel to study its feasibility. “I can’t speak out of school, and it’s far too early to judge the interest of the USOC (United States Olympic Committee) or IOC (International Olympic Committee). But it’s certainly worth exploring. I think Boston would be fantastic.” - See more at: http://bostonherald.com/news_opinion/local_coverage/2013/10/mitt_romney_backs_boston_as_24_olympic_host#sthash.6YpoYoTc.dpuf

    “I would love to see the Games come back to the United States and I think Boston would be the best imaginable place to have them,” Romney told the Herald yesterday, just hours after Gov. Deval Patrick signed legislation yesterday creating an 11-member panel to study its feasibility. “I can’t speak out of school, and it’s far too early to judge the interest of the USOC (United States Olympic Committee) or IOC (International Olympic Committee). But it’s certainly worth exploring. I think Boston would be fantastic.”

    “I would love to see the Games come back to the United States and I think Boston would be the best imaginable place to have them,” Romney told the Herald yesterday, just hours after Gov. Deval Patrick signed legislation yesterday creating an 11-member panel to study its feasibility. “I can’t speak out of school, and it’s far too early to judge the interest of the USOC (United States Olympic Committee) or IOC (International Olympic Committee). But it’s certainly worth exploring. I think Boston would be fantastic.” - See more at: http://bostonherald.com/news_opinion/local_coverage/2013/10/mitt_romney_backs_boston_as_24_olympic_host#sthash.6YpoYoTc.dpuf
    Mitt Romney backs Boston as ’24 Olympic host
    “I would love to see the Games come back to the United States and I think Boston would be the best imaginable place to have them,” Romney told the Herald yesterday, just hours after Gov. Deval Patrick signed legislation yesterday creating an 11-member panel to study its feasibility. “I can’t speak out of school, and it’s far too early to judge the interest of the USOC (United States Olympic Committee) or IOC (International Olympic Committee). But it’s certainly worth exploring. I think Boston would be fantastic.” - See more at: http://bostonherald.com/news_opinion/local_coverage/2013/10/mitt_romney_backs_boston_as_24_olympic_host#sthash.6YpoYoTc.dpuf

    http://bostonherald.com/news_opinion/local_coverage/2013/10/mitt_romney_backs_boston_as_24_olympic_host

  2. 2012 Olympics and 2016 Olympics.. that's what San Francisco was a contender for. So they've been there before, even though they got passed over for various reasons. This is new territory for Boston and even the mayor has registered his skepticism. Yes, California's money issues could be what sinks San Francisco, but that seems to be a problem for almost everyone these days.

    Our Mayor hasn't said no. He's a very intelligent guy and won't say a thing until he has all the information he needs. The city council has introduced a hearing to discuss and this whole city is talking. It's far from a no but cautiously moving forward towards doing a study.

  3. >> San Francisco, beautiful, international iconic city, that's beloved by international visitors. A very large, U.S. metropolitan area

    Metropolitan Statistical Areas of the United States of America (2012 estimate)

    Boston: 4,640,802

    SF: 4,455,560

    Boston is also a beautiful, walkable, international iconic city. Over 336,403 students live in greater Boston between 52 institutions of higher education. Boston and San Francisco both have perks and they're both worthy of having an Olympics. Boston has better sports teams although San Fran has been catching up to us lately! : )

  4. Since when has San Francisco even been a contender? Only Los Angeles has thrown their hat in the ring...and well lets face it, all of California is so completely in debt anyways. I'd rather see the Games in Los Angeles again than in San Francisco.

  5. Once any city informs their mayor what the price tag is—it leaves them in a very difficult position to say YES. Especially when your public transportation system is so desperately needing life support to keep thousands of people getting to where they need to be safely on time.

    It's so easy to say NO and walk away from something but Mayor Menino hasn't flat out said no. He also hasn't said yes. The Boston 2024 effort is still needing to do their research and even figure out what exactly the price of a games would be and if we have the infrastructure to host it. Let them do the ground work and if we cannot sustain a games in the end, than we can't. That has yet to be proven thus far.

  6. Boston ranks 4th Best City to live in America according to Businessweek magazine!

    http://images.businessweek.com/slideshows/2012-09-26/americas-50-best-cities.html#slide48

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  7. If you take the Red Line to Harvard Station, it's just a 0.4mi walk across the bridge to that area. Also, there's been talk of extending a Green Line service to Allston. Governor Deval Patrick's State of the State Address focused hugely on raising our taxes by 1% to "give our citizens a 21st Century transportation network. Just imagine it", he said.

    With 52 institutions of higher education in just the Boston area, there's no doubt that new facilities would be underutilized in a post Games Boston. The college's and universities would devour a new aquatic center or proper tennis facilities, if not an all out bidding war to own them.

    well, Hahvahd did lose like a billion or 2 of their endowment during Larry Sumner's term, that was around 2008-2009. So that may have impacted the new master plan. And that U-shaped "renovation" is NOT going to do it. It was fine in 1896 and as the Archery venue in 2004, but the IAAF probably would not certify that. Besides, if this were a mini-Olympic park, it would at least need a subway station to service it.

  8. I read about this in December... I believe this Harvard plan was released in Oct/Nov 2012. It almost looks like that bend in the Charles could still be a central hub of Olympic activity. Back in 94, Harvard was fully backing the bid for an 08 Games and had offered this huge chunk of land, now part of the extension plan, for build out of the Olympic Park. This is a 10yr plan for Harvard and it's only the early planning stages so it will be interesting to see if an official bid effort could sway or be adopted by their master plan.

    A render and details on Harvard Expansion plan. Note there's a really big area next to the stadium used for tennis courts, maybe a stadium expansion or a new one?

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  9. Is that the entire venue plan? Ie. is there any other venue not in the map?

    I wouldn't even consider this half baked bread as far as a full plan would go. Just outlines some of the claimable land in the metro boston area. The pink box on the left is Fenway park which I'd love to see turn into the beach volleyball court, and the pink box to the right is TD Garden which could either host gymnastics or basketball. The yellow box is our new convention center, the BCEC which is an ideal location for either the international broadcast center, or all of the indoor sports like judo, wrestling, table tennis, etc. A huge plus for Boston is how close and central to downtown Logan Airport is.

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  10. Actually, the plan back in 1994 was to utilize much of the Harvard Athletic Facilities and land along Soldiers Field road. You can see the swatch of green on the left hand side of the map. On the right hand side, just 1.5 miles from Logan Airport, there could be a second cluster where the wonderland racetrack formerly was. That's another location Bob Craft, ower of the Patriots has been scoping out to build a new Revolution Soccer stadium. This is all just speculative...but it gives you a good idea how compact the city is.

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  11. That's encouraging. U know u're stuff. So the "TeamRik" is NOT part of the team but just another wild-eyed, unabashed enthusiast? ;)

    TeamRik may very well end up helping out the team. I'd rather him be the attack dog while I don't say anything too heated : ) He knows his stuff and I'd rather not waste my time listing out venues, accommodations, and everything else that will end up being researched by professional consulting firms. My role is the creative and social media chair...I'm leaving the other juicy stuff for the professionals.

  12. I was just told by the legislative director that once the bill is filed, it's public so here it is:

    SENATE DOCKET, NO. SD289 FILED ON: 01/10/2013

    SENATE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . No.
    No. SD289

    The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

    _______________

    PRESENTED BY:

    Eileen M. Donoghue

    CO-SPONSOR:

    Representative Sarah Peake

    _______________

    To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General

    Court assembled:

    The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the passage of the accompanying Resolve:

    to establish a commission to study the feasibility of hosting the summer Olympics.

    SENATE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . No. SD289

    The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

    _______________

    In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen

    _______________

    RESOLVE to establish a commission to study the feasibility of hosting the summer Olympics

    Resolved,

    that a special commission is hereby established to study the feasibility of hosting the summer Olympics. The commission shall consist of 9 members: 3 persons appointed by the governor, 2 persons to be appointed by the president of the senate, 1 person to be appointed by the minority leader of the senate, 2 persons to be appointed by the speaker of the house of representatives, and 1 person to be appointed by the minority leader of the house of representatives.

    Said study shall include, but not be limited to, the prospects of working with other New England states and should seek input from local government and organizations, especially in our larger cities and other organizations and agencies. The commission shall review all aspects of a prospective summer Olympics in Boston and the surrounding area, including, but not limited to, infrastructure, transportation, lodging, locations for events, costs, benefits, and any other factors the commission deems relevant.

    The commission shall submit its findings and recommendations, together with drafts of legislation necessary to carry those recommendations into effect by filing the same with the clerks of the house of representatives and senate, the house and senate committees on ways and means, and the joint committee on tourism, arts and cultural development not later than January 1, 2014.

  13. It's not yet posted publicly but its Bill #SD289, presented by Senator Eileen M. Donoghue and co-sponsored by Representative Sarah Peake, both chairwomen of the Joint Committee on Tourism, Arts and Cultural Development. Their deadline is Friday, January 18th, 2013 to file the bill and until February 1st to add co-sponsors to the bill. It probably won't be posted on http://www.malegislature.gov until after February 1st.

    I know everyone is eager to see press releases and concrete information to make this more official but until then, you'll all have to keep tight.

    Love the enthusiasm! I can already hear Paul Revere running through the streets in a track suit yelling "The British are coming, and so are the Swedes, Canadians, Australians...!!"

    http://www.boston-2024.org

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  14. I admire your passion and your vision. I certainly don't expect you to have a plan laid out at this early stage that denotes all of the venues and their locations. But if you're going to advocate for Boston 2024, you need to be a little more educated, especially to a crowd like this who follows these things on a regular basis. When you say something like "if a Baseball Stadium can accommodate 40,000+ people why can't it host an Opening and Closing Ceremonies?" (and add an LOL at the end of it), that pesky little seating capacity requirement is not a small issue. When you bring up Gillette stadium, the distance is not a small issue. And please, it's insulting to the Olympics to compare them to the Gay Games (which, need I remind you, Boston lost out on to Cleveland!)

    I think that's part of the problem here. You're holding Boston to the standards of the Gay Games or maybe even the Youth Olympics. That's all well and good, but if Boston is serious about bidding for the Summer Olympics, far and away the world's largest sporting event, they need to be held to a much higher standard in order to compete with other world cities. I don't question your knowledge of all things Boston, but where your bases of comparison are the Gay Games and the Winter Olympics, you're not exactly making a compelling argument for Boston.

    There's nothing wrong with compiling a list of all the existing stadiums and infrastructure Boston has to offer, but almost any large city can do that and many could come up with an equally impressive list of venues. It's a good place to start, but it would take a little more than a remodel to make Harvard Stadium or Fenway Park into 1 of the main Olympic venues. Boston may be as viable as other U.S. cities, but unless they can put together a plan (and again, I certainly don't expect you to have all the particulars now) that makes them shine over the competition that could include the likes of major world cities like Paris and Tokyo, they're not going to get very far.

    No city in the U.S. has a plan together in January 2013... nor should they this early in the game. The City of Boston has until 2015 to work on a study and it's bidding materials so if you all want to fight about this being real or not for two years on a blog, this will be quite entertaining. The State House filed a bill on Friday, the Mayor isn't on board until he see's some concrete studies done, and yes the studies will be done. There's nothing else to report other than the State House is actively trying to move legislation along (which is a slow process) and an outside committee of 15 people are working on a study.

  15. The commission set up by the MA State House, should they approve the bill to establish a commission, will study all of the positives and negatives surrounding a Boston & New England Regional Bid. Boston's scale and natural beauty would play well to hosting an event of this magnitude. The city encompasses the history of a nation. It has been an intellectual beacon to the world, and represents must of the best of what America has stood for and accomplished. What could be more appropriate than to have the best athletes of the world compete on such a place.

    Boston has a long tradition of hosting some of the most important, and well-attended, sporting, and cultural events in the world. Below are just a few comparable examples

    • Sail Boston 1992 — 7-8 million visitors in metro Boston over 6 days
    • Boston Marathon — est 36,000 runners, 500K spectators, 1,000 media members annually
    • Head of the Charles Regatta — 9,000 athletes, 300K spectators annually
    • Democratic National Convention 2004 — 35,000 delegates, media and staff
    • First Night Boston — est 1.5 million visitors on NYE annually

    Nevertheless, hosting the Olympics would present an enormous challenge, and the objective in setting up a commission by local government and the Boston Olympic Exploratory Committee is to determine whether Boston has the will, resources and venues necessary to successfully meet this challenge.

    Our team is looking forward to sharing more information as we move through the year. Continue checking in on our social media channels & website.

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  16. Boston, Massachusetts is taking the first big steps towards looking into the feasibility of a Summer Games bid for the earliest year 2024.

    On Thursday, January 10, 2013, the MA State Senate file a Resolve to establish a commission to study the feasibility of hosting the Summer Olympics. The study shall include but not be limited to, the prospects of working with other New England states and should seek input from local government and organizations, especially in our larger cities and other organizations and agencies. The commission shall review all aspects of a prospective Summer Olympics in Boston and the surrounding area, including, but not limited to, infrastructure, transportation, lodging, locations for events, costs, benefits, and any other factors the commission deems relevant.

    Aside from work behind the scenes in the MA Legislature, an outside committee consisting of currently 8-10 individuals are meeting regularly to for the Boston Olympic Exploratory Committee. This team is a diverse group of public citizens from the City of Boston working to gain support and work with individuals who worked on former Boston Olympic Bid efforts and other major sporting & special events in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

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    http://www.boston-2024.org

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