House Speaker Robert DeLeo wants statewide Olympics venues

Boston is in the running to host the 2024 Summer Olympics

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – House Speaker Robert DeLeo wants the entire state of Massachusetts to participate and benefit if Boston is chosen to host the 2024 Summer Olympics.

Organizers have already pitched their plan to make the Boston Olympics the “most walkable games in modern times.” They want to use Fenway Park, TD Garden and university venues like Harvard, MIT and Boston University.

However, House Speaker Robert DeLeo has a somewhat different vision. He told 22News, “Although this is going to be the central location, I’d like to see the rest of the state share in some of the activities.”

DeLeo suggested the committee consider venues in Worcester, Springfield, the Berkshires and the South Coast. Some Western Massachusetts residents like that idea.

“Most certainly would like to see some events out here. I think sometimes we get overlooked. You know, share the revenue out here too,” Aric Nunes of West Springfield said.

“The museums, with Dr. Seuss, and other museums in Springfield. We have the Norman Rockwell Museum. There are so many things, and people don’t realize how much we have here.” Cynthia Ennis of Springfield said.

The planners proposed a 2.5 week period between July 19th and August 4th, 2024 for the Boston Summer Olympics and August 14th through 25th for the Paralympics.

Boston still has to win an international competition to host the games. We’ll find out in 2017, if the International Olympic Committee will choose Boston.

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