Commission to study feasibility of Olympics in MA
BOSTON (WHDH) -- The Massachusetts State Senate voted to create a commission to study the feasibility of Massachusetts hosting the 2024 summer Olympics.
Lawmakers say the group will study how other cities have handled the games. They will look at everything from the number of jobs hosting the Olympics could create to how much it would cost to build up and improve the city’s infrastructure.
There are also matters that include where to build an Olympic village, which houses 17,000 athletes, and hotel rooms for visitors from around the world.
“I think the world could see what kind of place Boston is, what kind of place the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is. We know we’re a world-class city and state, but it might be a nice time for the international community to see just all that we have to offer here,” said State Sen. Eileen Donoghue.
The commission will also lay out a plan for where to build new Olympic venues and look at the possibility of using what the city already has -- Fenway Park, Gillette Stadium, TD Garden, and local colleges and universities.
The house and Gov. Deval Patrick still need to sign off to make it official, but the Senate’s vote took the first step toward a bid to bring the Olympics to Boston.