Boston 2024 Olympics a ‘Far-Fetched Idea,’ Says Mayor Thomas Menino


Could Boston be hoping for the Olympics in 2024?

The Boston Olympic Exploratory Committee riled up the locals earlier this week after the private group met with City Hall officials in what committee chairman Eric Reddy told The Boston Globe was “a promising meeting.”

Mayor Thomas Menino isn’t so sure about the idea, though, according to WBUR’s Bob Oakes.

“I think it’s far-fetched,” Menino said. “I’d also be concerned about the cost of it and what it costs to taxpayers of the city of Boston. Just to apply, to be considered costs $6-8 million — not refundable either. So that’s $6-8 million that was used of public funds to apply for consideration for the Olympics. At this time, I think it’s a far-fetched idea, and just wish that I knew about it before it was in the paper.

“Especially in these economic times, with what’s happening in Washington today and what could possibly happen in the state, I need every penny I have to make sure we continue the services to the people of Boston,” Menino added.

Greater Boston is not necessarily chock full of available land, either.

“I just don’t know where we could create that massive land in our city or in the surrounding cities,” he said.


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