Last updated on June 3rd, 2015 at 04:13 pm
A Massachusetts bid to win the summer 2024 Olympic games for Boston relies in part on the expanded use of the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (BCEC). A preliminary bid book identifies an expanded BCEC as a key venue for many Olympic events such as rhythmic gymnastics, indoor volleyball, Taekwondo, judo, wrestling and table tennis. The bid also identifies an expanded BCEC parking facility as an important asset.
The report that was released by the Boston Business Journal was news to Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, who said he was never informed that Boston’s bid included expanded uses of the BCEC. Baker cited weak financial forecasts and state budget strains before placing an indefinite hold on the BCEC’s planned $1 billion expansion plans.
The bid book also indicates that the New Boston Food Market property is for sale and that its sale would displace Food Market tenants.
The bid has received great support from Boston hotels.
Further information about the Massachusetts Olympic bid is expected to be released this summer.