We now have insight into the overall plan, vision, and design the Boston 2024 Olympic officials offered during its efforts to become America’s bid city to host the 2024 Summer Olympics. The vision was presented to the U.S. Olympic Committee back in December and proved impressive enough to win the committee over in its decision on which American location would represent the country’s bid to host the 2024 Olympics. Alongside the winner Boston, were the other three cities in final contention for the American bid were Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. The International Olympic Committee will make the ultimate decision in approximately two years.
When reviewing the overall proposal to the media, the Boston 2024 organizers honed in on two key features of the design – “walk-ability and ease of transport.” According to an NBC Olympics report published today, Boston’s layout includes “28 of 33 venues within a 6.25-mile radius and an average distance of 3.3 miles between venues.” Only the Seoul 1988 and the to-be-held Tokyo 202 locations are on the same side of the walk-ability spectrum, averaging 10.3 miles and 6.25 miles between venues, respectively. (NBC Olympics).
The overall scheme includes two venue “clusters” – one on the waterfront, which would include the temporary Olympic Stadium in Widett Circle, the athletes’ village, the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, and Boston Harbor- think sailing, rowing. (NBC Olympics)
The second cluster’s home would be at the “intersection of Harvard, Boston University, and MIT” and would include aquatics events in temporary facilities. Field hockey, fencing, and tennis were proposed to be held at Harvard Stadium, with handball and badminton slated for Boston University and archery on the front lawn of MIT.
Additionally, should baseball be included in the 2024 Olympics as part of the Agenda 2020 Olympic reforms, Fenway Park could potentially be used for the sport. Boston Common and Franklin Park would also host events such as volleyball and possibly golf, equestrian and modern pentathlon.
Find images of the facilities here, including a familiar image on the rendering of the aquatics facility.