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Boston To Get The 2020 Olympics?

A possible logo for the 2020 Olympic Games in Boston. Image credit to Corey Dinopoulos)

Thanks to Rio’s victory and Barack Obama saying “Yes we can’t” for Chicago’s bid, the floodgates are already pouring open with cities hoping to get into running to host the 2020 games. Among those throwing their ball caps into the ring is our very own Beantown. The Massachusetts Legislature’s Joint Tourism Committee is “considering a bill that would create a commission to study the feasibility of hosting a Summer Olympic Games.” Bureaucracy as usual from any politician that is technically alive, but other cities aren’t in a much better position at the moment.

Representative Paul Frost noted that it would be “closer to decades than years” before Boston is ready to host the games, meaning we are fortunate it will be more than a decade until the 2020 games. He also notes that involving all of New England will help Boston’s chances by splitting the work to prepare a hosting bid and provide additional venues for soccer and other similar stadium games. We even have the Boston Marathon’s route to follow for the Olympic marathons. Add a few baseball stadiums and Gillette Stadium, not to mention the wealth of college stadiums and fields in the Boston area, and we definitely have a great place with epic sports fans to host the games.

Other Cities Thinking About 2020 Bids:

  • Minneapolis / St Paul (Minnesota), Birmingham (Alabama), and Tulsa (Oklahoma), United States
  • Venice and Rome, Italy
  • Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • Durban, South Africa
  • Busan, South Korea
  • Budapest, Hungary
  • Istanbul, Turkey
  • India (city undecided)
  • St. Petersburg, Russia
  • Peru (city undecided)

Thinking Ahead:

Tel Aviv and Ramat Hasharon, Israel, are considering teaming together to prepare a bid to host the 2048 Summer Olympics in honor of Israel’s 100th anniversary.

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7 comments for “Boston To Get The 2020 Olympics?”

  1. Boston To Get The 2020 Olympics?: Thanks to Rio’s victory and Barack Obama saying “Yes we can’t” for Chicago’s .. http://bit.ly/14Au9y

    Posted by Sports of Boston | October 4, 2009, 1:52 am
  2. Boston has the best chance of any US cities, unless New York or Chicago try agin. They can build a stadeum near Wonderland(know that Dog raceing’s illigle) and give it to the NE revoltion when after. metro Boston is about the same sizes as metro Atlanta, and Boston has a better subway system (though building a new line would not hurt) and they can have bring back baseball at Fenway park.

    Posted by Gabe Distler | October 7, 2009, 12:31 am
  3. Hey John, I’ve got some new news on the 2020 feasibility study for the Summer Olympics. It looks like according to the Washington Post, the USOC spokesman said the US most likely won’t be bidding for the 2020 games considering the loss for NYC in 2012 and Chicago in 2016.

    The state house will be voting in the coming weeks on whether to move forward with the feasibility study for a future games in the Commonwealth. It’s looking more likely to be 2024 as the earliest year for a bid here.

    I’m working closely with some former committee members from a Boston bid in 1996 to create a new committee to study the prospects ourselves and get some support for a bid.

    Posted by Corey Dinopoulos | February 23, 2010, 10:12 am
  4. New England, as a region, is looking to host the Games of the 24th Olympiad, aka the Winter Games of 2022.

    Posted by John Q Public | February 23, 2010, 5:38 pm
  5. I hope the USA does not wait until 2024 to bid. I think we would have a great shot at the 2020 games. I have read that India is looking at a 2024 Bid as well. They will win for sure when they do Bid. IOC seems to be giving upcoming 3rd world countries priority (China, Brazil,…

    Posted by Brian | March 1, 2010, 9:05 am
  6. Minneapolis seems to be the best city to bid for the games. They have many venues, low crime rate, and a lot of nice people to support

    Posted by I think | August 15, 2011, 9:51 am
  7. Since 1996 the summer Olympics have been held in Australia, Europe, Asia and South America. It is appropriate for the games to return to North America. Within North America the games have been hosted in the mid west, west coast and the south of the US as well as Mexico City and Montreal. The populous, strategic and popular North East of the USA has not had a chance. Possible cities are New York (too busy and too many distractions), Philadelphia (seriously?), and Boston.
    Boston has a wonderful sports history, is seen as the “Mother city” of the nation, spectacular cultural institutions, is close to the ocean, mountains, rivers, lakes, small towns and big cities, possese comprehensive transport systems and already major sport and residential facilities.
    Boston has the additional benefit of being most peoples favorite city. Seriously, when traveling, tell people you meet that you live in Boston and the comments range from, I love Boston, I wish I lived there, it is my favorite city, we had the best time there, I want my kids to go to school there.
    it is time Boston took its place as one of the premier cities of the world and one way to do it is to bring the worlds attention by hosting the Olympic Games.
    Boston 2024. It can be done.

    Posted by Michael | September 1, 2012, 7:17 am

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