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February 28, 2014

The Olympics in Boston? Don't dismiss the idea out of hand

Over the past few months, there has been a lot of buzz about two of the biggest sporting events in the world potentially coming to Boston.

First, word got out that a group of high-level business and construction leaders were teaming up to explore the possibility of bringing the Summer Olympic Games to Boston in 2024.

Then, after New York City successfully hosted the first ever cold-weather Super Bowl earlier this month, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft made waves when he suggested that Boston’s turn in the spotlight could be coming soon.

Could Boston actually pull something like that off? The general consensus, at least among the people I’ve talked to, is no. The common refrain seems to be that Boston is too small and couldn’t possibly host big events like the Olympics or the Super Bowl.

If you ask me, that kind of thinking is short-sighted, and we Bostonians should give ourselves a little more credit.

Hosting an event like the Olympics or the Super Bowl would obviously be a huge challenge for Boston, but if the city were able to really commit to it and get behind the effort in a unified way, I bet a lot of people would be surprised how much could be accomplished.

After all, in regard to the Olympics, a lot of the things Boston would need to host the games are already in place. You could host the Olympic basketball tournament at the TD Garden, the equestrian events at Suffolk Downs and the baseball tournament at Fenway Park while also making use of the numerous collegiate facilities around the city.

Boston also has more than enough law enforcement personnel to provide security, and according to a report in Wednesday’s Boston Globe, there are 51,000 hotel rooms in the Greater Boston area, which is more than the amount required by both the International Olympic Committee and by the NFL.

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