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OVER ALL GAMES CONCEPT

December 1, 2014
Mr. Larry Probst, Chairman
Mr. Scott Blackmun, Chief Executive Officer
United States Olympic Committee
Dear Mr. Probst and Mr. Blackmun:
On behalf of the Boston 2024 Partnership, we are honored, humbled and excited to share Boston’s
compelling story and our vision for a partnership with the United States Olympic Committee to host the
2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Boston is overwhelmingly united in its bid for the 2024 Games because we are a city passionate about the
power of sport. Boston’s public officials, business and educational leadership and community stakeholders
are all committed to delivering a transformative and sustainable 2024 Games. Boston’s higher education
community will make a profound impact in the lives of Olympic and Paralympic athletes now and through
2024. Boston’s research labs, world-class medical centers, and technology-driven economy will bring
unprecedented innovation to the planning and delivery of the 2024 Games, as well as an unparalleled
experience for Olympians and Paralympians. Boston developing a sustainable Games model with a
responsible, achievable budget and legacy owners for Olympic and Paralympic venues. Boston’s uniquely
walkable layout with venues clustered around the Waterfront and University Precincts leverages the
entire Boston city center as the Olympic Park, and we will put all of our campuses, public spaces and
parks, boulevards and waterways to use in hosting the Games. We firmly believe that working in close
partnership with the United States Olympic Committee, Boston 2024 can provide a blueprint for future
host cities as to the master planning of the Games, delivery of the Games and, most importantly, the
experience of the athletes.
The Boston 2024 bid is an opportunity to engage in a community-wide conversation about our future
vision for our city, not just in 2024, but in 2030, on the 400th anniversary of the founding of Boston and
beyond. The bid is also a catalyst for much of the investment and innovation that will be required to achieve
that vision. Our Olympic and Paralympic bid will serve to accelerate improvements to transportation,
infrastructure and housing including investments in a major redevelopment project at the heart of the city,
thousands of new affordable housing units, new urban green spaces and dramatic upgrades to the city’s
already world-class public transit system. Hosting the Games will also strengthen cooperation across the
government, business and academic communities and reinforce Boston’s brand as a global hub for education,
health care and innovation. Welcoming the world to Boston for the Olympic and Paralympic Games is
also a chance to attract new artists, educators, entrepreneurs and builders who are the foundation of our
community’s vibrant and innovative culture.
Thank you again for the opportunity to present our vision for a sustainable and transformative 2024 Olympic
and Paralympic Games. We look forward to continuing our partnership with you and your entire team at the
United States Olympic Committee.
Sincerely,

John F. Fish Dan O’Connell
Chairman President
Boston 2024 Partnership
Boston 2024 Partnership

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PROPOSED DATES
1.1

Proposed Dates for the Games

1.2 Planned Large-Scale Events

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4.1

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4.2 Location of Key Infrastructure

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4.3 Post-Games Legacy

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2 MAPS + VENUE CLUSTERS
2.1

Map A – Olympic Games
Venue Location + Transport

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Legend + Symbols . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4

2.2 Map B – Paralympic Games Venue
Location + Transport

OVER ALL GAMES CONCEPT

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Concept Explanation

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5 INTERNATIONAL
COMMUNIC ATIONS NARR ATI VE
5.1

International Communications
Narrative 32

5.2

Our City’s Vision

5.3

Unique and Compelling City
Experiences 36

5.4

Delivery of the Games

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2.3 Venue Matrices

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MOTI VATION
3.1 Motivation

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Proposed Dates

1.1

PROPOSED DATES
FOR THE GAMES

1.2

PLANNED LARGE - SCALE
EVENTS

Proposed Dates for the Games

Planned Large-Scale Events

State your proposed dates to host the 2024 Olympic and
Paralympic Games and specify your reasons.

Identify any other large-scale events that are planned or
traditionally occur during or 30 days before or after the
proposed Games period.

The Olympic Games in Boston would be held
from Friday, July 19, to Sunday, August 4, 2024. The
Paralympic Games would be held from Wednesday,
August 14, to Sunday, August 25, 2024. This period
of time offers the optimal climate for athletic
competition. The dates are well coordinated with
the international sport calendar and would ensure
that the Games will be the preeminent event in
the United States. Summer holidays for colleges,
secondary schools and teachers allow us to engage
a corps of enthusiastic volunteers and individuals
and families to attend the Games. In addition, we
have a unique opportunity to engage those who
are away for the summer in the Paralympic Games
as college students begin to return to campuses
toward the end of August.

The most significant event that will occur prior
to the proposed start date of the 2024 Games is
Boston’s annual July Fourth Celebration on the
Charles River Esplanade on July 3 and 4. The event
typically attracts approximately 500,000 attendees
for a live performance by the Boston Pops Orchestra
and fireworks display. In addition, the Massachusetts
Convention Center Authority will host an education
event drawing 15,000 attendees between July 2 and
9, and a scientific event during which 17,000 people
will participate from August 15 to 23.

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MAPS + VENUE
CLUSTERS

2.1

MAP A – OLYMPIC GAMES
VENUE LOCATION + TRANSPORT

Legend + Symbols

Waterfront Cluster

University Cluster

AV Athletes’ Village

IOC International Olympic

IBC

Committee Hotels

Live Site

Live Site

Basketball

Main Media Housing

Boxing

Main Press Center

Archery

Canoe - Slalom

Opening & Closing
Ceremony

Badminton

Canoe - Sprint

Athletics

Handball

Cycling - BMX

Gymnastics - Rhythmic

Diving

Cycling - Mountain

Judo

Fencing

Cycling - Road

Sailing

Swimming

Cycling - Track

Table Tennis

Syncronized Swimming

Equestrian - Cross Country

Taekwondo

Water Polo

Equestrian - Dressage

Volleyball - Indoor

Hockey

Equestrian - Eventing

Weightlifting

Tennis

Equestrian - Jumping

Wrestling Freestyle

Triathlon

Football

International
Broadcast Center
Live Site

MPC

Other Precincts/Stand Alone Venues

MMH

Golf
Map Symbols
City of Boston Limits
Venue Cluster

Road Network Line Types
Motorway
Major Urban Arterial Network

Key Venue/Venue Precinct
Venue
Hotel Cluster
Sailing Event Zone

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Gymnastics - Artistic
Gymnastics - Trampoline
Modern Pentathlon
Rowing

Rail Network Line Types
Subway [Existing]
Light Rail [Existing]
Light Rail [Existing, Work Req.]
Light Rail [Planned]
Commuter Rail [Existing]
Commuter Rail [Planned]

Rugby
Shooting
Volleyball - Beach

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5500
1375

8275ft
2750m

I-93

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4MILE

UNIVERSITY
CLUSTER
BOSTON - LOGAN
INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
I-90

MMH

IOC

IBC MPC
WATERFRONT
CLUSTER

AV

I-95
RT-128

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2.2

MAP B – PARALYMPIC GAMES
VENUE LOCATION + TRANSPORT

Legend + Symbols

Waterfront Cluster

University Cluster

AV Athletes’ Village

IOC International Olympic

IBC

Committee Hotels

Live Site

Live Site

Canoe

Main Media Housing

Cycling - Road

Main Press Center

Archery

Cycling - Track

Opening & Closing
Ceremony

Fencing

Equestrian

Athletics

Football 5-a-side

Rowing

Boccia

Football 7-a-side

Shooting

Judo

Goalball

Wheelchair Basketball

Powerlifting

Swimming

Sailing

Paratriathlon

Sitting Volleyball

Wheelchair Rugby

Table Tennis

Wheelchair Tennis

International
Broadcast Center
Live Site

FOLD OUT TO VIEW MAP

MPC

Other Precincts/Stand Alone Venues

Map Symbols
City of Boston Limits
Venue Cluster
Key Venue/Venue Precinct
Venue

MMH

Rail Network Line Types
Subway [Existing]
Light Rail [Existing]
Light Rail [Existing, Work Req.]
Light Rail [Planned]
Commuter Rail [Existing]
Commuter Rail [Planned]

Road Network Line Types
Motorway
Major Urban Arterial Network

Hotel Cluster
Sailing Event Zone

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5500
1375

8275ft
2750m

I-93

10KM

4MILE

UNIVERSITY
CLUSTER
BOSTON - LOGAN
INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
I-90

MMH

IOC

IBC MPC
WATERFRONT
CLUSTER

AV

I-95
RT-128

I-93

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2.3

VENUE MATRICES

Boston 2024 - Olympic Games
VENUE/FACILITY

SPORT

LOCATION

STATUS

CAPACITY

ATHLETICS
OPENING/CLOSING
CEREMONIES

MIDTOWN

TEMPORARY

60,000

UMASS BOSTON

ADDITIONAL
TEMPORARY

6,000
10,500

WATERFRONT CLUSTER
MIDTOWN
OLYMPIC STADIUM

UMASS BOSTON/COLUMBIA POINT
ATHLETES’ VILLAGE

PRECINCT: SOUTH BOSTON WATERFRONT
IBC

BCEC/SOUTH BOSTON
WATERFRONT

ADDITIONAL

700,000 SF

MPC

BCEC/SOUTH BOSTON
WATERFRONT

ADDITIONAL

300,000 SF

GYMNASTICS - RHYTHMIC
WRESTLING
JUDO
TAEKWONDO
TABLE TENNIS
VOLLEYBALL - INDOOR

BCEC
BCEC
BCEC
BCEC
BCEC
BCEC

EXISTING ( W/ OVERLAY )
EXISTING ( W/ OVERLAY )
EXISTING ( W/ OVERLAY )
EXISTING ( W/ OVERLAY )
EXISTING ( W/ OVERLAY )
PLANNED

8,000
8,000
8,000
8,000
8,000
15,000

CASTLE ISLAND SAILING
COURSE

SAILING

BOSTON HARBOR

TEMPORARY

6,500

WATERFRONT PAVILION

WEIGHTLIFTING

SOUTH BOSTON
WATERFRONT

EXISTING ( W/ OVERLAY )

5,000

TENNIS COMPLEX

TENNIS

HARVARD PLAYING FIELDS

TEMPORARY

20,000

HARVARD STADIUM

HOCKEY

HARVARD UNIVERSITY

EXISTING ( W/ OVERLAY )

30,000

NATATORIUM

AQUATICS

ALLSTON LANDING

TEMPORARY

18,500

WATER POLO ARENA

WATER POLO

ALLSTON LANDING

TEMPORARY

5,000

ALBERT H. GORDON TRACK

FENCING

HARVARD UNIVERSITY

EXISTING (W/ OVERLAY )

6,000

BADMINTON

BOSTON UNIVERSITY

EXISTING ( W/ OVERLAY )

7,000

MIT ARCHERY RANGE

ARCHERY

KILLIAN COURT/MIT

TEMPORARY

3,000

MAGAZINE BEACH COURSE

TRIATHLON
SWIMMING - MARATHON

MAGAZINE BEACH

TEMPORARY

2,500

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BOSTON CONVENTION &
EXHIBITION CENTER ( BCEC )
HALL A
HALL B
HALL C
HALL D

STAND ALONE VENUES

UNIVERSITY CLUSTER
PRECINCT: BEACON YARDS

PRECINCT: BOSTON UNIVERSITY
AGGANIS ARENA
STAND ALONE VENUES

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Boston 2024 - Olympic Games
VENUE/FACILITY

SPORT

LOCATION

STATUS

CAPACITY

BEACH VOLLEYBALL ARENA

VOLLEYBALL - BEACH

BOSTON COMMON

TEMPORARY

16,000

STARTING LINE

CYCLING - ROAD
ATHLETICS-MARATHON

BOSTON COMMON

TEMPORARY

2,000

BMX COURSE

CYCLING - BMX

ASSEMBLY SQUARE

ADDITIONAL

5,000

VELODROME

CYCLING - TRACK

ASSEMBLY SQUARE

ADDITIONAL

5,000

WHITE STADIUM

EQUESTRIAN
MODERN PENTATHLON

FRANKLIN PARK

EXISTING ( W/ OVERLAY )

20,000

WILLIAM J. DEVINE GOLF
COURSE

EQUESTRIAN - CROSS
COUNTRY

FRANKLIN PARK

TEMPORARY

60,000

TD GARDEN

GYMNASTICS - ARTISTIC/
TRAMPOLINE
BASKETBALL - FINAL

TD GARDEN

EXISTING ( W/ OVERLAY )

18,500

LONG ISLAND SHOOTING
RANGES

SHOOTING

LONG ISLAND

TEMPORARY

7,000

THE COUNTRY CLUB

GOLF

THE COUNTRY CLUB

EXISTING ( W/ OVERLAY )

50,000

GILLET TE STADIUM

RUGBY
FOOTBALL - FINAL

GILLETTE STADIUM

EXISTING ( W/ OVERLAY )

68,000

MERRIMACK RIVER COURSE

ROWING
CANOE - SPRINT

MERRIMACK RIVER/LOWELL

TEMPORARY
TEMPORARY

24,000

TSONGAS CENTER

BOXING

LOWELL

EXISTING ( W/OVERLAY )

7,800

OTHER PRECINCTS
PRECINCT: BOSTON COMMON

PRECINCT: ASSEMBLY SQUARE

PRECINCT: FRANKLIN PARK

STAND ALONE VENUES

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Boston 2024 - Paralympic Games
VENUE/FACILITY

SPORT

LOCATION

STATUS

CAPACITY

ATHLETICS
OPENING/CLOSING
CEREMONIES

MIDTOWN

TEMPORARY

60,000

UMASS BOSTON

ADDITIONAL
TEMPORARY

6,000
10,500

WATERFRONT CLUSTER
MIDTOWN
OLYMPIC STADIUM

UMASS BOSTON/COLUMBIA POINT
ATHLETES’ VILLAGE

PRECINCT: SOUTH BOSTON WATERFRONT
IBC

BCEC/SOUTH BOSTON
WATERFRONT

ADDITIONAL

700,000 SF

MPC

BCEC/SOUTH BOSTON
WATERFRONT

ADDITIONAL

300,000 SF

BOSTON CONVENTION &
EXHIBITION CENTER ( BCEC )
HALL A
HALL B
HALL C
HALL D

BOCCIA
JUDO
TABLE TENNIS
SIT TING VOLLEYBALL

BCEC
BCEC
BCEC
BCEC

EXISTING ( W/ OVERLAY )
EXISTING ( W/ OVERLAY )
EXISTING ( W/ OVERLAY )
PLANNED

8,000
8,000
8,000
15,000

CASTLE ISLAND SAILING
COURSE

SAILING

BOSTON HARBOR

TEMPORARY

6,500

WATERFRONT PAVILION

POWERLIFTING

SOUTH BOSTON
WATERFRONT

EXISTING ( W/ OVERLAY )

5,000

TENNIS COMPLEX

WHEELCHAIR TENNIS

HARVARD PLAYING FIELDS

TEMPORARY

20,000

HARVARD STADIUM

FOOTBALL/5-A-SIDE
FOOTBALL/7-A-SIDE

HARVARD UNIVERSITY

EXISTING ( W/ OVERLAY )

30,000

NATATORIUM

SWIMMING

ALLSTON LANDING

TEMPORARY

18,500

ALBERT H. GORDON TRACK

WHEELCHAIR-FENCING

HARVARD UNIVERSITY

EXISTING ( W/ OVERLAY )

6,000

WHEELCHAIR RUGBY

BOSTON UNIVERSITY

EXISTING ( W/ OVERLAY )

7,000

MIT ARCHERY RANGE

ARCHERY

KILLIAN COURT/MIT

TEMPORARY

3,000

MAGAZINE BEACH COURSE

PARATRIATHLON

MAGAZINE BEACH

TEMPORARY

2,500

STAND ALONE VENUES

UNIVERSITY CLUSTER
PRECINCT: BEACON YARDS

PRECINCT: BOSTON UNIVERSITY
AGGANIS ARENA
STAND ALONE VENUES

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Boston 2024 - Paralympic Games
VENUE/FACILITY

SPORT

LOCATION

STATUS

CAPACITY

WHITE STADIUM

EQUESTRIAN

FRANKLIN PARK

EXISTING ( W/ OVERLAY )

20,000

STARTING LINE

CYCLING - ROAD

BOSTON COMMON

TEMPORARY

2,000

TD GARDEN

WHEELCHAIR BASKETBALL

TD GARDEN

EXISTING ( W/ OVERLAY )

18,500

LONG ISLAND SHOOTING
RANGES

SHOOTING

LONG ISLAND

TEMPORARY

7,000

MERRIMACK RIVER COURSE

ROWING
PARACANOE

MERRIMACK RIVER/LOWELL

TEMPORARY

24,000

VELODROME

CYCLING - TRACK

ASSEMBLY SQUARE

ADDITIONAL

5,000

OTHER VENUES
STAND ALONE VENUES

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MOTIVATION

3.1 MOTIVATION

Motivation
Outline your principal motivation for hosting
the Games.
The identity of Boston is one of forward progress,
a living legacy of innovation that defines and
motivates our city to drive forward, to discover, to
create, to inspire and to be inspired by big ideas
from every corner of the globe. With our sights
firmly fixed on 2030 and the 400th anniversary of
the City of Boston, we have identified our next great
opportunity to inspire and be inspired. Hosting
the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games will be
a catalyst to propel Boston forward, calling us to
envision what we strive to become, and motivating
us to work collaboratively in planning and
achievement of this vision.

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In Boston, we strive to be ever better. We are a
proud but driven people who intuitively subscribe
to the Olympic mantra “Citius, Altius, Fortius” - Faster,
Higher, Stronger. Bostonians view the opportunity
to host the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games as
a clear pathway in our pursuit of excellence. There
is the opportunity to elevate our thinking about
and expedite our execution of urban planning,
transportation improvements, infrastructure
upgrades and institutional master planning. We
see the opportunity to shine a light on and gain
increased participation in our vibrant arts and culture
community. And we see the opportunity to engage,
educate and inspire our young people to fall in love
with sport, to commit themselves to excellence and
to set out for greatness in all they attempt.
Each year, almost 250,000 young people from
around the world gather in Boston to attend our

colleges and universities. This city is where their
energy, optimism and ideas come together to dream
of what’s next. As such, Boston truly embodies the
invitation of the International Olympic Committee,
delivered at the conclusion of each Games, for the
youth of the world to assemble.
We believe all of this will result in a world class
experience for the Olympic and Paralympic athletes
themselves, immersed within the city’s rich fabric
of innovation and competing within a compact
community of overachievers who share a great
belief in the power of sport. Here in Boston, we are
committed to an Olympic experience where the
entire city is the Olympic Park, creating a sustainable
model for serving athletes and celebrating the
Olympic Movement for years to come.

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GAMES CONCEPT

ASSEMBLY SQUARE

SOMERVILLE

UNIVERSITY CLUSTER

CAMBRIDGE

TD GARDEN

DOWNTOWN

BEACON YARDS

MIT
BOSTON COMMON

BACK BAY

BROOKLINE

MIDTOWN
SOUTH END

DORCHESTER

THE COUNTRY CLUB

FRANKLIN PARK
City of Boston 2024
Illustrative Map

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BOSTON-LOGAN
INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

5

BCEC

KM

WATERFRONT CLUSTER

SOUTH BOSTON

LONG ISLAND

UMASS/
COLUMBIA POINT

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1200m

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4.1

CONCEPT EXPLANATION

Concept Explanation
Explain how your concept of the Olympic and Paralympic
Games fits into your city and region’s
long-term planning strategy.
The planning concepts for the 2024 Olympic and
Paralympic Games are shaped by a shared vision
for Boston 2030 – the 400th anniversary of the
city’s founding.
Boston is a geographically compact city with diverse
historic and contemporary assets. The city boasts an
unrivaled waterfront and America’s cleanest urban
harbor, a network of celebrated park spaces and
public recreation venues, a history of independence
and historic architecture. Boston is also home to
world-renowned academic and medical institutions,
a hub of innovation and invention, and a vibrant,
expansive economy.
For the past 400 years, this city has consistently
developed and redeveloped its valuable land
resources to the maximum benefit of its people and
economy. The city has undertaken some remarkably
large and complex projects from early land
reclamation to later infrastructure reclamation, and
recent air rights development.
As we look to the future, significant demand for
expansion is projected for the innovation economy.
The City of Boston anticipates the need in the
next 20 years for 50,000 new residences in Boston
alone and the creation of 100,000 new jobs. To
sustain the innovation economy and to attract the
talent which will fill the innovation jobs, there are
a number of areas where the city must focus in the
next two decades:
• Continued infill through infrastructure reorganization
• Continued improvements to transportation and
smart mobility
• Improved resiliency for climate change
• Greater access to waterfront and amenities

History + Geography
The City of Boston and its core are a compact
geography of 48 square miles of land. This compact
geography has been consistently developed and
redeveloped for the last 400 years through:
• Land Reclamation—more than two-thirds of the city’s
footprint did not exist when the city was founded.
• Highway + Rail Infrastructure—land takings that
penetrated through the heart of the city.
• Infrastructure Reclamation—the Prudential Center
development, Copley Place, the Rose Kennedy
Greenway, Fan Pier and the South Boston Waterfront
and now Beacon Yards have all reclaimed valuable land
and made important connections.
This cycle persists as the city continues to densify
the core, building a consistently more livable,
sustainable and innovative city. Our proposed
venue sites - especially at Columbia Point, Midtown
and Beacon Yards - represent new opportunities
for significant infill development in the core of
the city. These growth corridors will add density
for economic development and make connections
between neighborhoods currently separated.
Waterfront + Parks
Boston is a waterfront city with 47 miles of
accessible waterfront. Nicknamed “The Walking
City”, Boston has one of the highest percentages of
pedestrian commuters in the country. Boston has the
most celebrated open space network in the country:
• The Boston Common is the oldest public park in the
United States.
• The Emerald Necklace is a string of parks designed by
Frederick Law Olmsted.
• The Esplanade makes the Charles River accessible to all.

• Enhanced quality of life for all residents
• The marriage of innovation and sports infrastructure to
improve health and wellness

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We offer our compact city as a canvas for the
Olympics. In turn, the strategic selection of sites for
Olympic venues offers opportunities to unlock land
areas which meet multiple objectives for the next
generations of Bostonians.

• The Rose Kennedy Greenway reconnects the city to its
waterfront and the cleanest urban harbor in America.

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Land Area Growth Map of Boston (1630 - 1995)
Diagrammatic Map
Chelsea

Everett
Belmont

Legend - Open Space Type

Somerville
Mystic River

Cemetery and Burying Ground
Community Garden
Mall, Square and Plaza

Cambridge

Winthrop

Park, Playground and Athletic Field
Parkway, Reservation and Beach

Watertown

Urban Wild and Natural Area

Logan
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Milton

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4.1 CONCEPT EXPLANATION • CONTINUED

The Games will engage the waterfront in both
competitive venues and celebration spaces while
showcasing our most precious places - Boston
Common, the Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston
Harbor, Harvard Stadium and MIT’s Killian Court.
Youth + Innovation
Boston is the birthplace of the United States, and our
city is built on the belief that fresh ideas and hard
work can change the world. Grounded in our history
but looking to 2024 and beyond, today Boston is the
youngest major city in America, a hub of international
colleges and universities, and a home to the world’s
most innovative companies and institutions.
• One in three Bostonians are between the ages of 20
and 35, the highest percentage of young adults of any
major US city. Twenty-six percent of these young adults
came to Boston after being born outside the United
States, and thirty-two percent speak a language other
than English at home.
• Each fall, more than 250,000 students from around
the world arrive at metropolitan Boston’s 90
colleges and universities, and their energy and
new ideas reinvigorate our city. In total, each year,
the Commonwealth hosts approximately 51,000
international students from more than 170 countries.
Our world-renowned higher educational institutions—
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Harvard
University, Boston College, Boston University, and
Northeastern University, among many others—convene
top international scholars and incubate their best ideas,
resulting in more innovation per capita per square mile
than any city in the world.

• From a new medical device created by a startup at
MassChallenge, the world’s largest startup accelerator,
to a new app for fixing potholes built by the City of
Boston’s Office of New Urban Mechanics, to a new
robotic ankle designed by one of MIT’s Media Labs,
Boston’s public and private sector institutions are
focused on reinventing the way we live and making
our lives better. Recognizing this kind of missiondriven innovation, all 10 of largest global biopharma
companies have a presence in Massachusetts.
Massachusetts is also home to the top five NIH-funded
independent research hospitals and is the national
leader in patents issued per capita.
By leveraging its youth, its world-class institutions
and its culture of innovation, Boston will create
a sustainable blueprint for future host cities and
amplify the power of sport to create a better world.

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Economic + Transportation Hub

A city connected to the U.S. and the world:

As one of the oldest cities in the U.S., Boston
serves as the major center of economic and cultural
life for New England. It is the hub of a regional
transportation system, with highway and rail
corridors radiating outward and deep into New
England. Boston is poised to successfully host the
2024 Olympics and Paralympics as:

• Excellent interstate and regional highway access
with the recently completed $15 billion investment
in I-93/I-90 through downtown and to Logan
International Airport and $3 billion accelerated arterial
bridge reconstruction program.

A leader in public transportation:
• Built and opened the first subway system in the U.S.
in 1897.
• Hosts the fifth largest public transportation agency
in the country, with a fleet of 2,500 buses and
trains, and almost 900 miles of track and four water
transportation routes.
• Serves more than 1.3 million customers on subway, bus,
rail and ferry services each weekday.
• Is situated at the northern terminus of Amtrak’s
Northeast Corridor, the busiest high speed rail corridor
in the U.S. with a committed billion dollar investment
in enhanced access on the MBTA system.
A compact city that is conducive to walking
and bicycling:
• With a robust network of paths and walkways, named
America’s third most-walkable city in 2013.

• Served by six international airports in the region,
including Boston-Logan International Airport, located
1.5 miles from the downtown, with more than 45
million passengers annually.
• As a port city which enjoys excellent water access with
ample ferry and cruise services.
Bringing the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games
to Boston is strategically aligned with who we are
and where we are going as a city:
• Intense development of underutilized areas in the
urban core.
• Continued engagement of our waterfront and
enhancement of open space.
• Acceleration of our innovation economy.
The Boston 2024 Games will be a compact and
walkable Games, the City of Boston will be “Olympic
Park” — at the heart of the city, at its reinvented
waterfront and in its cherished parks.

• With a bicycle network that has doubled over the past
five years to approximately 120 miles.

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4.2

LOCATION OF KEY INFRASTRUCTURE

Location of Key Infrastructure
Explain your motivation behind the choice of
location of key infrastructure (competition and
non-competition venues).
The overall venue plan for a compact Games in a
compact city is based on five simple principles:
• Put the athletes and the sports first by offering a
compact city where 28 of the 33 venues are within a
10 kilometer radius.
• Plan for meaningful and appropriate legacy in key
infrastructure and competitive venues - look forward to
2030 and “look back” to 2024.
• Deliver our most precious physical assets to the Games
- our waterfront, our parks and our university campuses.
• Establish two major clusters — the Waterfront Cluster
and the University Cluster — as anchors for the Games
with a series of important venues in between the
anchors at the backbone of the city — the Back Bay and
the Charles River.
• Make the Greenway, the Harbor and Fort Point Channel
the heart of the public celebration.
The 2024 Games are planned around two major
clusters and ten precincts — accounting for 28 of 33
venues within a 10 kilometer radius.

UMass Boston / Columbia Point
• Home to the Athletes’ Village and the athletes’ launch
for Sailing in the Boston Harbor.
• The Village will enjoy direct access to the South
Boston Waterfront for recreation, a secure 100-acre
compound, being within one mile of the Olympic
Stadium and nine additional venues, and being within
five miles of 28 venues.
• Located adjacent to the core of the UMass Boston
campus, 6,000 to 10,000 of the 16,500 beds will be
constructed prior to the Games as student housing to
accommodate the ambitious vision for Boston’s only
public university.
Midtown
• Home to a temporary 60,000 seat Olympic Stadium,
Midtown is located at the geographic heart of the
urban core with unparalleled access to transit — MBTA
and commuter rail; highways — I-93 and I-90; and
pedestrian pathways.
• The opportunity proposition is simple: transform a
tangle of maintenance yards and city public works
buildings into a platform for entertainment and future
commercial development that transforms an urban scar
into a meaningful seam between neighborhoods.
South Boston Waterfront Precinct

Waterfront Cluster

• Includes the expanded Boston Convention and
Exhibition Center — proposed host to Rhythmic
Gymnastics, Indoor Volleyball, Taekwondo, Judo,
Wrestling and Table Tennis.

The Waterfront Cluster is defined by a one-mile
radius and includes a range of key city assets:

• Adjacent to a permanent waterfront music performance
pavilion which will host Weightlifting.

• 11 miles of waterfront and beaches along a clean
Boston Harbor.

• Home to the International Broadcast Center and
Main Press Center in one million square feet of new
construction adaptable after the Games to the science
and technology tenants of the Innovation District.

• Thriving neighborhoods such as South Boston, the
South Boston Waterfront, Fort Point Channel artists’
district and the South End.
• Rose Kennedy Greenway and the Harbor Walk.
• South Station, the single busiest transit hub in
New England.
• Innovation District and the Boston Convention and
Exhibition Center.
• University of Massachusetts - Boston and the John F.
Kennedy Library and Edward M. Kennedy Institute.
• Direct access to Interstate 93 and Interstate 90.

University Cluster
The second anchor for the 2024 Olympic and
Paralympic Games is the University Cluster located
on the Charles River at the nexus of Harvard
University, Boston University and the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology. With the decommissioning
of the CSX rail lines and the planned, compact
reconfiguration of I-90 (the Massachusetts
Turnpike), “found” land will bring the opportunity
for new connectivity between these major research
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mixed-use research and technology campus. With
improved transit and transportation and new utility
infrastructure, the legacy of the University Cluster
is a 50-year development of world-class innovation.
For the 2024 Games, the Beacon Yards Precinct will
house Water Polo and Aquatics as temporary venues
on Allston landing, Tennis on the Harvard Playing
Fields, Fencing in the Albert H. Gordon Track Center,
and Hockey in iconic Harvard Stadium.
At MIT, the Archery preliminaries are planned for
Briggs Field and the finals for Killian Court, with
the iconic MIT dome as the backdrop on the edge
of the Charles River. And at Boston University,
the existing Agganis Arena will be the home for
Badminton.
Other Precincts
Between these two major clusters is the heart of the
city — the Back Bay, Boston Common, Public Garden
and the Charles River. The Boston Common Precinct
will host Beach Volleyball on the oldest public park
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and “watch” areas. Immediately adjacent on Charles
Street - between the Common and Public Garden
— will be the start lines for both the Marathon and
Road Cycling — in the heart of historic Boston.
Franklin Park will be home to Equestrian events.
With a course laid out on the William J. Devine
Golf Course, Franklin Park offers varied terrain,
water and exceptional viewing areas. The second
oldest public golf course in America, currently
in need of reinvestment, will be rebuilt after the
Games. Franklin Park will also house the Modern
Pentathlon in a rebuilt White Stadium, scheduled to
be significantly improved in the next two years as
the home of Boston public school football, track and
field and the Boston Scholar Athletes program.
The final precinct is Assembly Square in Somerville.
With a new mixed-use neighborhood spurred by a
new Orange Line MBTA station, Assembly Square
is a vibrant live, work and play environment on
the Mystic River. A permanent Velodrome and BMX
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trails on the banks of the Mystic River that will soon
stretch from the Berkshires to Boston Harbor.
A number of stand-alone venues have a rich history
of hosting important sports events:
• The Country Club in Brookline has been home to three
U.S. Opens and the Ryder Cup.
• Harvard Stadium, built in 1903, is the first collegiate
athletics stadium in the United States and is
designated a National Historic Landmark.
• TD Garden is the home of the 17-time NBA Champion
Boston Celtics and six-time Stanley Cup Champion
Boston Bruins.
• The Charles River, home to the Head of the Charles, is
the proposed venue for the triathlon.
Each of these venues is steeped in history and well
prepared to accommodate Olympic events.

Transportation
Boston’s existing transportation assets and longrange transportation investment plan support its
targeted economic growth and opportunity zones,
which also align with and benefit from the plan for
Olympic venues, particularly at the key precincts in
the Waterfront Cluster and at Beacon Yards. Chief
among these key planned investments include:
• South Station Expansion ($1 B)
• Green Line Extension to Somerville and Medford and new
South Coast Rail to New Bedford and Fall River ($1.6 B)
• Renewal of overall transit services through the investment in
new vehicles, power and signal systems ($3.5 B)
• Enhanced East-West rail capacities between Worcester and
the South Boston Waterfront ($250 M)
• New interchange and West Station at Beacon Yards ($160 M)
• Growth in the bicycle network and supporting programs
($145 M), and
• Boston Harbor dredging to accommodate growth in cruise
activity and panamax ships ($300 M).

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4.3 POST- GAMES LEGACY

Post-Games Legacy
Describe your expected post-Games legacy.
Hosting the Olympic and Paralympic Games in
Boston would provide a wonderful opportunity to
build a lasting legacy not only for our city, but also
for Olympic Athletes and the Olympic Movement.
Furthermore, bidding for and hosting the 2024
Games in Boston is strategically aligned with who we
are and where we are going as a city. We see major
legacy opportunities in hosting the Games, including:
A Legacy for the Athletes:
• Developing a national program that would link Olympic
Athletes with the higher education and employer
communities to ensure their professional development
and long term financial security.

A Legacy for the Local Economy:
• Creating jobs and positioning the region for more rapid
and sustained recovery from economic downturns.
• Accelerating $5 billion of transportation improvements,
including rail connection from the South Boston
Waterfront to the Back Bay, with super stations at
Beacon Yards and Columbia Point.
• Creating a new neighborhood with commercial and
residential opportunities at Midtown, connected to
transit and transportation and linking the South End to
South Boston.
• Reclaiming under-utilized land at Midtown, at Columbia
Point and at Beacon Yards and transforming it into
new linkages between neighborhoods and institutions,
connecting innovation and people, and creating
the infrastructure for smart blocks of mixed-use
development at those same precincts.

• Connecting Paralympic Athletes with our life science
and medical communities to enhance not only their
performance but their quality of life.
A Legacy for the Olympic Movement:
• Educating and exciting future generations about all
Olympic sports through youth programs, academic
curriculum and increased public support for
Olympic Athletes.
• Restoring an Olympic tradition of “Games for the
Athletes” in scale and appropriate to place.
• Protecting the Olympic brand by delivering a
responsible, prudent and inclusive Olympic Games.
A Legacy for the Community:
• Creating 3,000 to 4,000 new units of affordable
workforce housing.
• Developing an Olympic health curriculum for our
public schools that would educate children about the
importance of nutrition and exercise.
• Building a world-class regional “smart planning
model” that informs urban planning and promotes
sustainability, resiliency and durability on the city and
regional scale.
• Accelerating the ambitious plans of our public
university’s Boston campus to become a first-class
research university with 6,000 to 10,000 campus
residents in the heart of the city.

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INTERNATIONAL
COMMUNIC ATIONS
NARR ATIVE

5.1

INTERNATIONAL COMMUNICATIONS NARRATIVE

Here in Boston, the Olympic Spirit is in our DNA.
We have many inherent strengths that we believe
make us the ideal host for the 2024 Olympic and
Paralympic Games.
• We Are Conveners: Boston gathers the youth of the world
every year when 250,000 students come from around the
globe to our colleges and universities. We know how to
harness their energy and inspire their imaginations.
• We Love Sport: Boston is a city obsessed with sports.
From professional teams to amateur athletics to youth
leagues, we play, we coach, we watch, we cheer and we
celebrate every victory. Whether at Fenway Park, at a
collegiate swim meet, in a high school gymnasium or on
a youth soccer pitch dominated by enthusiastic fiveyear-olds, we celebrate competition, sportsmanship and
athletics from a very young age.
• We Are Innovators: Boston is an international hub
for research, technology and medical advancements,
generating the most innovation per capita per square
mile of any city in the world. Our academic, medical
and technology infrastructures are incubators for
great minds to push the limits of human thinking,
resulting in our state’s consistent top five ranking in
annual patent production.
• We Are Compact: Boston is a walkable city, with one of
the highest percentages of pedestrian commuters in the
United States. Furthermore, we are connected by highways
and rail lines that connect people through the heart of
the city and allow us to deliver the majority of Olympic
events within three square miles.
• We Have the Political Will: Led by Boston Mayor Martin
Walsh, government leaders from Boston and around
Massachusetts have indicated that they are supportive
of the bid for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Local mayors, state legislators, Governor Deval Patrick and
members of the Massachusetts Congressional Delegation
have been open to discussion and are interested in
moving forward in the due diligence process.
• We Are an International Destination: In 2013, Boston
and Cambridge hosted 19,000,000 total domestic and
international visitors, including 1,282,000 visitors from
overseas.

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• We Have the Physical Capacity: A feasibility study of a
2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games began in 2013. A
special legislative commission comprised of appointees
from the public and private sectors issued a report in
February 2014 which found that it would be feasible
for Boston and Massachusetts to host the 2024 Games
given the alignment between Olympic specifications and
existing economic development strategies, existing and
future hotel capacity, planned infrastructure investments
and workforce housing goals.
• We Are a Living Monument: The Boston Common
became our country’s first public park in 1634. Harvard
University, America’s first institution of higher learning,
was founded in 1636. The Boston Public Library became
the country’s first free library in 1654. The country’s first
African-American meeting house was constructed here
in 1806. The MBTA is the nation’s first subway system,
starting travel in 1897 – the same year the Boston
Marathon brought the sport to the United States. Fenway
Park, the nation’s oldest Major League Baseball park still
in use, held its inaugural game in 1912. Amidst a flurry of
forward movement, new construction and future planning,
our foundation is a tribute to a series of firsts, dating back
to the country’s earliest days.
• We Are a City for the People—for All People: Boston has
the most celebrated open-space network in the country.
The Boston Common, the Emerald Necklace, the Esplanade
and the Rose Kennedy Greenway provide a beautiful
and welcoming way for residents and visitors to connect
and enjoy the city’s natural aesthetic. Furthermore,
Boston is a disabled-accessible city, with strict new-build
guidelines on accessibility and a commitment to making
even the oldest existing attractions welcoming to all
of our visitors—including Boston’s most popular tourist
attraction, the Freedom Trail, which is accessible to
wheelchairs for its entire length.
• We Strive to Be Ever Better—“Citius, Altius, Fortius”:
Boston is a proud city that constantly strives to be
“Faster, Higher, Stronger.” Yes, we are proud of our firstrate academic and medical institutions. Yes, we celebrate
our hometown sports teams and local heroes. However,
we never rest in our constant quest to be better. We
are never satisfied with last year’s success. We are ever
focused on driving forward. We know that hosting the
2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games is a catalyst that
will deliver the next generation of big ideas in our
constant pursuit of excellence.

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Hosting the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic
Games would present a host of opportunities
for Boston, including:
• Economic Development: Every sector of the Boston
and Massachusetts economy can benefit from hosting
the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games. From longneeded infrastructure improvements to enhancements
on the campuses of our colleges and universities to
transportation upgrades that will help move people and
goods throughout the Commonwealth, the Games will be
a catalyst for growth and advancement.
• Employment: Construction jobs are just the beginning
of the employment story. The five leading industries of
the Massachusetts economy—Financial Services, Higher
Education, Technology, Health Care & Life Sciences, and
Travel & Tourism—all have the opportunity to play a
role not only in the Games themselves, but also in the
preparation for and legacy of the Games, from skills
training to innovative product and service development
that will be employed through and beyond 2024.
• International Tourism: The opportunity to convene
the youth of the world in Boston is rivaled only by the
opportunity to showcase our city to the hundreds of
millions of viewers watching from around the globe. The
marketing opportunity of this scale for Boston’s tourism
industry is truly once in a lifetime.
• Neighborhood Development and Regeneration: With
the entire City of Boston acting as the Olympic Park, we
have the ability to connect every neighborhood to the
benefits of hosting the Games. From job opportunities and
skills training and the addition of student and workforce
housing, to increased participation in cultural activities
and the promotion of diversity and inclusion, the positive
impact on Boston’s neighborhoods will be significant.

• Promotion of Diversity: Boston is proudly a minoritymajority city, where 53 percent of the population
is made up of people of color. Hosting the 2024
Olympic and Paralympic Games presents an enormous
opportunity to celebrate our proud diversity and
foster a deeper understanding of the communities
that make Boston a culturally rich city built on
immigrant traditions.
• Expansion of Volunteerism: As the hub for 250,000
college students who descend on Boston every year,
we are uniquely positioned to tap into a magnificent
volunteer base. Hosting the 2024 Olympic and
Paralympic Games would motivate us to engage
with “Generation Z” years before they matriculate to
their respective universities, excite them about the
opportunity to participate and tap into their energy,
ideas and inherent ability to connect socially. We
can inspire them to be early ambassadors for the
Olympic Movement.
• Education of Youth: Preparing to host the 2024
Olympic and Paralympic Games presents us with a
living syllabus. We have an opportunity to employ a
statewide Olympic history curriculum in our schools,
bring athletes into our classrooms and excite young
minds about the past, present and future of Olympism.
• Increased Participation in Sport, including of
Disabled People: Growing excitement in the years
leading up to the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic
Games in Boston will inspire and engage the next
generation of youth in sport and athletics. Boston will
continue to deliver strong youth sports programs, as
well as develop new curricula focused on the Games
for athletes of all abilities.

• Improved Infrastructure: The legacy of hosting the
Games is most visibly identified by the improved
physical character of Greater Boston. Greater Boston will
take an exponential leap forward with a new Midtown
mixed-use neighborhood in the heart of the city, a new
student village at our public university, a renovated
public golf course at Franklin Park and the opportunity
to transform Somerville into the “cycling capital of
America”—in addition to all the major transportation and
transit upgrades that are already planned but need a
catalyst to complete.

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5.2

OUR CITY’S VISION

Our City’s Vision
Discuss your plan regarding the development of the narrative
of your city’s vision for hosting the Games, indicating in broad
terms how your city will benefit the Olympic and Paralympic
movements as well as
the long range plans of your city.
Boston is united behind its commitment to
delivering a transformative and sustainable 2024
Games. In particular, Boston’s higher education
community is ready to make a profound impact
in the lives of Olympic and Paralympic athletes
now and through 2024. The Commonwealth’s
academic institutions will connect Olympians and
Paralympians with educational opportunities to
help foster their post-competition careers. Boston’s
students view the Olympics and Paralympics as the
catalyst for a social change movement that inspires
the world’s youth. Boston’s colleges and universities
are already developing a K-12 and college-level
curricula to promote the Olympic values and
enhance education through sport.
Boston’s research labs, world-class medical
centers, and technology-driven economy will
bring unprecedented innovation to the planning
and delivery of the 2024 Games, as well as an
unparalleled experience for Olympians and
Paralympians. As just one example, Massachusettsbased institutions such as Spaulding Rehabilitation
Hospital, the Institute for Human Centered Design,
and MIT’s Herr Lab have served Paralympians for
more than two decades and are developing the
next generation of adaptive sports technology for
the 2024 Paralympic Games. Powered by Boston’s
technological leadership, the US Paralympic Team
will achieve greater competitive success and the
elevated platform for the Paralympics will allow it
to achieve greater financial success.

Boston also has a sustainable Games model with a
responsible, achievable budget and legacy owners
for Olympic and Paralympic venues. Boston’s
uniquely walkable layout with venues clustered
around the waterfront and university precincts
leverages the entire Boston city center as the
Olympic Park. The master plan for the Boston
Games places 28 of 33 Olympic venues within a
10 kilometer radius. The Harborwalk, the city’s 47
miles of walkable waterfront, provides a unique
transportation route for pedestrians and bikers.
The Harborwalk also offers visitors with a seamless
connection to the Freedom Trail, the Rose Kennedy
Greenway, and the Emerald Necklace park system.
We firmly believe that Boston 2024 can provide
a blueprint for future host cities as to the master
planning of the Games, delivery of the Games, and,
most importantly, the experience of the athletes.
Our bid is also an opportunity to initiate a
community discussion around the vision for
Boston in 2024, in 2030, the 400th anniversary of
the founding of Boston, and beyond. Hosting the
Games will be motivation to work collaboratively to
plan for and achieve this vision. The Olympics and
Paralympics will serve to accelerate investments
in transportation and smart mobility as well as
affordable housing that are necessary to continue
to attract the top talent behind our innovation
economy. Our proposed Olympic precincts –
especially at Columbia Point, Fort Point, and
Beacon Yards – represent new opportunities for
development in the heart of the city that will serve
as critical connections between currently divided
neighborhoods. Hosting the Games will also
showcase Boston as a global hub for education,
health care, and innovation. Welcoming the world
to Boston for the Olympic and Paralympic Games is
also a chance to attract new artists, educators, and
entrepreneurs and inspire our own young people
who are at the foundation of our community’s
vibrant and diverse culture.

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5.3

UNIQUE AND COMPELLING CITY EXPERIENCES

Unique and Compelling City Experiences
Describe the unique and compelling experiences that each
of the audiences—including athletes, media, International
Federations, National Olympic Committees, IOC members,
sponsors, dignitaries, spectators, workforce members and
volunteers—will enjoy in your city.
These most geographically connected Olympic and
Paralympic Games will provide much more than
unprecedented proximity to venues and events for
each of our many important audiences. With our
entire city comprising the Olympic Park, we will
facilitate a central hub from which all of Boston’s
(and New England’s) world-class offerings in culture,
innovation, academics, geographical beauty and
more will be accessible and easily within reach.
Included in this unique experience, our guests
will encounter:
• Boston at Eye-Level: This city is meant to be
experienced on foot; there’s a reason we are among
the most walkable cities in the U.S. and have one of
the highest percentage of pedestrian commuters in
the country. Boston is a city that has been physically
transformed with the pedestrian in mind, with
greenways and bike lanes replacing highways and
overpasses. In a single afternoon stroll, our guests can
experience the bustle of the South Boston Waterfront
and the beauty of our public gardens. They can retrace
the steps of our earliest settlers downtown and behold
cutting-edge tech breakthroughs in Cambridge. To walk
Boston is to prove that, sometimes, it’s about the journey
and not the destination.

• World-Class Cultural Offerings: From the stunning
collections housed within the Museum of Fine Arts to
one of the nation’s largest centers for contemporary
performing and visual arts at Mass MoCA nestled at
the foothills of the Berkshires; from the vaulted halls
of the Boston Symphony Orchestra to sidewalk jazz
performances by Berklee College of Music students,
and pop concerts overlooking the Charles River at
the Hatch Shell and the rolling hills of Tanglewood in
Western Massachusetts; from Broadway-caliber theater
to incredible street performances—Boston and the
broader Commonwealth offers unparalleled cultural
excursions and events for all interests and ages.
• Access to Academic Institutions: We will open
the doors of many of our prestigious colleges and
universities within the greater Boston area, including
Harvard and MIT, so that our guests from around the
world can experience firsthand the thought leadership,
breakthroughs and innovation taking place within our
classrooms, lecture halls and labs each day.
• Local Culinary Charm: Boston is truly an international
city, but at our core we also boast an intensely local
identity when it comes to our regional cuisine, inspired
by and culled from the vast bounties of fish and
shellfish that populate our waters. We want to share
the comfort of a cup of New England clam chowder
with the world, sit communally at a picnic table and eat
lobsters with plastic bibs and host authentic clambakes
on the beach.
• A Gateway to New England: Within a short road trip
or quick train or bus ride, many of the unique natural
gifts of New England await our guests and during the
precise time of the year when they’re in full bloom: the
craggy shores and idyllic countrysides of Maine, pristine
beaches and rolling dunes of Cape Cod, lush forests and
Green Mountains of Vermont and the majestic harbor
and waterfront vistas of Newport. There is nothing
quite like summer in New England.

5.4

DELIVERY OF THE GAMES

Delivery of the Games
Explain the most significant challenges to the development,
management and delivery of Games venues and infrastructure,
and Games operations in your city.
Our primary planning principle is “Compact Games
in a Compact City.” The Boston 2024 Olympic
and Paralympic Games will be a compact and
walkable Games; the City of Boston will be our
“Olympic Park.” With that planning objective
comes a great opportunity and our most significant
challenges to the development, management
and delivery of Games venues, infrastructure and
Games operations. We have a long track record,
however, of delivering context-sensitive design
and construction of major infrastructure and
redevelopment projects that improve the quality
of life and competitiveness of our city, as well as
a century of experience hosting major events that
attract millions of visitors annually.
The vast majority of our competition and noncompetition venues are located on land controlled
by public entities and the city’s great academic
institutions—minimizing the requirements for
private land acquisition. For areas like Midtown,
we must relocate key transit and public works
functions. While this is a requirement for use of the
land, we will demonstrate that these relocations
represent opportunities for consolidation of
facilities, new efficiency of operations and the
unlocking of legacy possibilities.

The challenges for Games management are again
related to the compactness of the venues: the
business of the city and all its residents must go
on. We have excellent transit and transportation
infrastructure in place and a plan for both
temporary and permanent improvements that will
support the simultaneous essential functions of
the city. Our legacy planning model and transport
management systems will provide predictable
outcomes for mobility, security and emergency
services, unparalleled in Games history.
We will be able to draw on a highly educated and
energetic local workforce, including our large
college-age populations. We will strive to surpass
all previous Olympics in the effective training of
volunteers. Our universities have already stepped
forward with initiatives for recruitment and training.
And, we will deliver. We are “doers” who are focused
on the big challenge—with extraordinary expertise
in technology, the commitment of our great
institutions and business leaders and the relentless
perseverance of a proud people that embraces the
Olympic and Paralympic Games.

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