Boston Olympics organizers release original, unredacted bid

(From Boston 2024 Partnership)

BOSTON (AP) — Organizers of Boston’s bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics on Friday released the full, unredacted version of the bid that won over the U.S. Olympic Committee, after city officials earlier this week clamored for their disclosure.

The documents reveal that organizers initially projected the games costing about $4.7 billion but running at a nearly $500 million deficit. Boston 2024’s revised proposal, released in June, shows a $4.6 billion budget with a surplus of just over $200 million.

The previously undisclosed sections also reveal details about the public and political support organizers expected for the games, such as:

  • Boston 2024 anticipated submitting a raft of bills to the state legislature to “facilitate public control of the land and infrastructure” and streamline the permitting process, among other things.
  • Bob Kraft, the New England Patriots owner, was named as a member of Boston 2024’s original board of directors. Boston 2024 now says his name was erroneously included.
  • Early polling found the idea faced “significant resistance” from older, better educated and mostly white Bostonians but enjoyed support among minorities and youths.
  • The original bid listed the names of prominent doors like Kraft who had helped raise some $11 million for the bid. Many of those names have since been released by Boston 2024.

The group released a partial version of its winning bid in January, after the USOC picked Boston over Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington D.C.

But the privately funded organization, which has touted its transparency, declined to release the full version the bid, citing “proprietary information” the USOC did not want revealed. Boston 2024 has also argued that the original bid is moot since it’s focused on the revised one.

Opponents counter the original bid is relevant because it provides a basis to compare the new bid. It also shows what promises organizers initially made to the USOC.

Four of the six chapters of the original bid have been made public through records requests, but the final two chapters had not been disclosed. Earlier this week, Mayor Marty Walsh and City Council members called on Boston 2024 to release the documents.

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