2024 Olympics might include all of MA, not just Boston

Organizers hope to submit a flawless plan

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The original 2024 Summer Olympics plan placed 28 of 33 proposed venues within a 6-mile radius in Greater Boston; however now, the talk has shifted to making this a statewide event, not a Boston-centric event.

The U.S. Olympic Committee and “Boston 2024” organizers hope to submit a flawless plan that will impress the International Olympic Committee, and ultimately, win the bid to bring the 2024 Summer Games to Boston.

House Speaker Robert DeLeo, Senate President Stan Rosenberg, and now, Congressman Richard Neal, all believe that “perfect pitch” should include western Massachusetts venues.

The Boston group has proposed a plan that would make the Boston Olympics one of the most walkable Games in history, but with the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, some people hope they’ll consider making some changes to that plan.

Congressman Richard Neal met with the organizers Thursday in Washington D.C. He told 22News, “No commitments were made, and we agreed to continue the discussion. Basketball is an Olympic sport and an international sport. They also thought that the Volleyball Hall of Fame would be an excellent setting to perhaps host some events perhaps in the City of Holyoke.”

Congressman Neal also proposed whitewater rafting events on the Deerfield River. But there are concerns about traffic.

One Agawam resident said, “Every year it’s craziness, when you have the Big E, you have Six Flags going. It’s crazy at that time of year, so I can only imagine what it would be with the Olympics.”

No one knows exactly how much it would cost to build everything they need for the Olympics. The Committee said it would use private money, but hasn’t released other details.

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