The Ottumwa Courier

February 26, 2014

Boston faces 'monumental task' in Olympic bid


Ottumwa Courier

---- — BOSTON (AP) — A commission looking at the viability of trying to bring the Summer Olympics to Boston in 2024 says finding space for an 80,000-seat Olympic Stadium and a 100-acre athletes' village are major hurdles.

The 11-member commission says in a draft report that Boston already has enough hotel rooms, security expertise, and cultural cachet to host the games but faces a "monumental task" making the city easy to navigate and finding enough space for the necessary venues.

The Boston Globe (http://b.globe.com/1mHcevo ) obtained a copy of the report, due for public release within days.

John Fish, the chief executive of Suffolk Construction and leader of the commission, says the group would also need to conduct an in-depth study of the costs of hosting the Olympics, an issue not examined in the draft report.

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Information from: The Boston Globe, http://www.bostonglobe.com