News that the U.S. Olympic Committee had selected Boston as the nation’s bid host for the 2024 Summer Olympics likely caused plenty of excitement in one of America’s greatest sports cities.
As always, though, there are two sides to the story.
A nonprofit opposition group called No Boston Olympics has vehemently opposed the Games coming to the city ever since Boston appeared on the radar as a potential host for 2024. As you might expect, they weren’t too pleased with Thursday night’s development.
“The bid needs to be released immediately, and we need to have an open and honest and transparent conversation about what this means for taxpayers,” the organization’s chair, Chris Dempsey, said Thursday night, via Boston.com. “I think the people of the Commonwealth will demand it,” he added.
Chief among the group’s concerns is that the astronomical costs of hosting an Olympics would cause a crippling financial setback for Boston.
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No Boston Olympics also criticized the Olympic Committee’s voting process, which it claims failed to account for the opinions of Massachusetts residents.
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Boston 2024 chairman John Fish said in a statement Thursday night that the committee is “committed to a thorough and extensive process to discuss the potential opportunity the Olympic and Paralympic Games present our community.”