Boston’s Olympic opposition group went straight to the United States Olympic Committee Monday in an effort to dissuade it from choosing the Hub as a possible host for the 2024 summer games.
In a letter to the USOC, No Boston Olympics co-chairs Liam Kerr, Chris Dempsey, and Kelly Gossett Phillips say the costs of hosting the Olympics would run Massachusetts between $10 billion and $20 billion, and that the money would be better spent elsewhere.
That’s a fairly different view from the Boston 2024 Partnership, which is fueling the effort for the games. That group has suggested private financing could cover the costs of construction for a stadium and other Olympic necessities, which it estimates would run about $5 billion, while the state could cover infrastructure improvements worth about $6 billion.
(Meanwhile, Boston 2024 made a move of its own today, unveiling a new website complete with a promotional video aimed at garnering support for its goals. Both the letter from No Boston Olympics and the video from Boston 2024 can be seen at the end of this article.)
No Boston Olympics says its letter is the first in a series of attempts to lobby against the USOC choosing Boston over Los Angeles, San Francisco, or Washington, D.C. as its representative bid. The letter reads:
Over the coming seven weeks, please expect to hear from our organization and its members about (1) the troubling weaknesses and flaws and of the current Boston bid, (2) the strong and growing opposition to a Boston bid from Massachusetts voters, (3) and our planned efforts to give the citizens of the Commonwealth a voice in whether or not to provide public backing to an Olympic games.
A decision from the USOC is expected to be announced in early 2015. If Boston is chosen, it would be put up to the International Olympic Committee against bids from around the world. Over the weekend, Boston.com looked at some of the methods No Boston Olympics may employ to stop a Boston bid from happening—including a possible ballot initiative—should things get that far.
The full letter:
Boston 2024’s first promotional video: