On Wednesday, Boston 2024 organizers released a large portion of their public bid to the United States Olympic Committee, including a venue plan for the Games' various sports. Boston College fans may want to temper expectations that a potential Boston 2024 Summer Olympics would give the school's athletics venues a (much needed) face lift.
According to the bid document, Boston 2024 has no plans to use Boston College's Conte Forum, Alumni Stadium or the school's other athletics venues. The venue plan does, however, have plans for UMass Boston (athletes' village), Harvard (tennis, field hockey, fencing), Boston University (badminton), MIT (archery) and UMass Lowell (boxing). BU's Agganis Arena will also host wheelchair rugby as part of the Paralympic Games, while Harvard will host wheelchair tennis, football (5- and 7-a-side) and wheelchair-fencing.
The overall venue plan for the Games are planned around two major clusters as anchors for the game: a University cluster, comprised mostly of Boston University, Harvard and MIT venues, and a Waterfront cluster. The central tenet of the plan is to offer a compact Summer Olympic Games where 28 of the 33 venues are within a 10 kilometer radius.
Boston College's campus is beyond the 10 kilometer mark from the Waterfront cluster centered around the athletes' village planned on UMass-Boston's campus, but it's still disappointing to see that the school wouldn't serve as one of the five stand alone venues. Boxing at Tsongas Arena? Really?
While Boston is probably a longshot to land the 2024 Olympics, this BC alum is still pretty disappointed that the city's lone major conference athletics department won't be included in plans for the Games.