BOSTON (WWLP) – Supporters of Boston’s bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics met in Springfield Friday.
There’s a push to include Western Massachusetts in the 2024 Summer Olympic Games if Boston is chosen as the host city.
Boston 2024 officials were not present during the briefing in Springfield, just supporters working to include the Pioneer Valley in the Olympic bidding process.
The meeting was invitation-only. It featured a presentation by the Western Massachusetts Sports Commission to state lawmakers, laying out why the region is a desirable place to host some of events for the 20-24 Summer Olympic Games.
If Boston is chosen as the host city the group is pushing to have some qualifying games held in western parts of the state. New stadiums and venues could be built in the region at a cheaper cost compared to the Greater Boston area.
A leader from the “No Boston Olympics” group told 22News if Boston is chosen, Western Massachusetts residents would be on the hook to pay for years of construction activity in exchange for a few Olympic events.
“No Boston Olympics” Co-Chair Chris Dempsey said, “Olympic boosters in Boston are going to offer a couple events and activities to western Mass., but what western Mass. voters need to think about is, is this really a good deal we’re getting? We would say no.”
Boston 2024 officials plan to release a revised Olympics plan at the end of June.