SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Former Springfield mayor Michael Albano is against western Massachusetts from being involved in the Olympics if Boston gets the bid for 2024.
Albano says western Mass tax dollars should be focused on road repairs and the I-91 viaduct.
Proponents want to host volleyball and basketball events in Holyoke and Springfield, the birthplace of each sport.
Chicopee resident Rachel Bellenoit told 22News the amount of traveling would be ridiculous. “Boston streets are impossible because of the way they were built, and they’re also talking about bringing some of the events to western Mass, and we have room here, but when people travel, sometimes around the world, you want them driving to the western part of the state? It just doesn’t make sense to me.”
Albano says he’s worried state money would be funneled into the Olympic Games rather than state infrastructure, which is in desperate need of repair.