BC, Harvard and NU get in on Olympic Games

(AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, JUNE 24, 2015….. At least three Boston-area universities will play host to Olympic events in 2014 if the city wins the games, according to organizers, who continued to bring their vision for the summer Olympics into clearer focus with new events planned from Lowell to Worcester.

Boston 2024 announced on Wednesday that Olympic and Paralympic wrestling and judo events would take place at Boston College’s Conte Forum, archery events would be held at Harvard Stadium in Allston and Olympic and Paralympic weightlifting would take place at Northeastern University’s Matthews Arena.

Boston 2024 said it was also in discussions about hosting events on the campuses of Boston University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Later in the afternoon, organizers said they hoped to bring handball competition to Worcester’s DCU Center, indoor volleyball and table tennis to the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center and fencing and taekwondo to the Tsongas Center in Lowell.

No Boston Olympics, the main opposition group to Boston’s bid for the games, voiced their continuing concern that the three most expensive venues needed to host the games won’t be found on a college campus.

“The boosters’ imprudent plan still calls for building the three most expensive Olympic venues from scratch. Boston is a great sports town, but taxpayers shouldn’t be on the hook for cost overruns for the 60,000-seat stadium, aquatics center, and velodrome that Boston 2024 needs to construct,” the group said in a statement.

No Boston Olympics said London organizers spent $1.6 billion on those three sites when the city hosted the summer games in 2012.

The coalition led by 2014 gubernatorial candidate Evan Falchuk that’s spearheading an effort to put a Olympics referendum on the 2016 ballot said it encourages private sector support from universities and other institutions to reduce the risk of spending tax dollars to support Olympics infrastructure.

“But putting smaller events at these universities appears to be more window dressing from Boston 2024. Our effort is to trust but verify that tax dollars are not used,” the group said in a statement.

Copyright 2015 State House News Service

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