The four remaining cities each presented its case to the USOC in December, and while the date to submit the final bid to the IOC isn’t until mid-September, the USOC wants to ensure there is plenty of time for the winning city to present the best bid possible to the IOC.
Substantial competition for the games will be an issue, as the IOC has made it easier to package bids between cities in an attempt to curb the insane costs to host the games. The changes were enacted in large part to quell the (deserved) grumbling of those who saw Russia spend more than $50 billion to host the 2014 Sochi Winter Games.
The new rules allow Italy, for example, to present a bid with Rome as the main host while other cities such as Florence, Milan and Naples also host events. Paris, Berlin or Hamburg (or both) and Melbourne, Australia are also each bidding, with Paris hoping the 2024 100th anniversary date of the last time the City of Lights hosted the Games will help push its bid over the top.
Boston was selected as the bid city by the USOC. Officials said up to 75 percent of the venue space would come from college venues. The remaining events would be held at the existing professional sports facilities, such as TD Garden and nearby(ish) Foxboro Stadium.
Though if you’re looking for some shade being thrown at Boston’s selection, USA Today’s For The Win website has “Nine Reasons Why Boston is a Terrible Choice.“