Renderings of Boston 2024 Aquatics Center Unveiled as Olympic Vision is Released

by Retta Race 9

January 21st, 2015 News

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.



Leave a Reply

4 Comment threads
5 Thread replies
Most reacted comment
Hottest comment thread
6 Comment authors
newest oldest most voted

For all the talented architects in/around Boston, those are some pretty uninspired pictures. I’m guessing regulations seriously limit who the city can hire for their bid.


Pretty sure that’s Lochte… Jeah


Is that not Lochte? His shoulders are coming out way too high for MP!

bobo gigi

Clearly Lochte.

bobo gigi

Ok. I try, as always, to be the most possible impartial. Here’s my view about 2024. Boston has a very good chance unless Paris bids. I’m pretty sure that if the election was next week, Paris would be selected. In 2 years, it’s less sure but Paris would still be the favorite in my opinion. For 2012 with New York and 2016 with Chicago, you had absolutely no chances of winning. In 2005 (for 2012) USA had a very bad image in the whole world after the big lies about Irak war and everything which came then (Guantanamo, tortures). In 2009 (for 2016) you paid the price of the Bush years overall, the big financial crisis which came from USA… Read more »

Justin Thompson

Why do the moderators continue to let Bobo rant about Bush, the Iraq Wars, Fox News, and anything else political in the US that has nothing to do with swimming?


Global politics has far less to do with successful bids, other than the IOC never really meeting a dictator they didn’t like because they could force the trains to run on time. IMO what killed a couple of American bids there was the fall out from Salt Lake City and a grudge formed by IOC committee members who could no longer have very cushy ‘fact-finding’ trips to bidding cities covered by potential host cities in full first class airfare and five star hotel style.

bobo gigi

A few English corrections in my comment.
much more respected nation

Want to take your swimfandom to the next level?

Subscribe to SwimSwam Magazine!