2024 Summer Olympics games in Boston?

BOSTON (WWLP) — Boston is looking to host the 2024 Summer Olympics. State lawmakers told 22News how the games could benefit the western part of the state.

The Olympic flame could light up Boston in 2024 as State Lawmakers explore the cost and logistics of bringing the summer games to Massachusetts.

The Joint Committee on Tourism, Arts and Cultural Development held a public hearing on a bill that creates a 9-member commission to study the feasibility of hosting the international sporting event.

Orange State Representative Denise Andrews, who sits on the committee, is in favor of the bill. She says western Massachusetts could host game events at UMass, the Basketball Hall of Fame and other facilities.

Rep. Andrews told 22News, “It would be a huge tourism lift, it would be a huge job lift and we need to do it right when it comes to advancing the entire Commonwealth.”

Andrews says the Massachusetts pitch would rely on private sector investment, not taxpayer dollars. 

The U.S. Olympic Committee will submit a single American candidate in 2015 and the host city will be officially chosen in 2017.

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