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Boston College to Host Multiple Olympic Events Under New Venue Plan

Boston College will play a role in hosting two Olympic events should Boston be chosen to host the 2024 Summer Games, according to Boston 2024.

The committee’s new venue plan, which is expected to be released in full by Tuesday, July 1, includes proposals that differ from an earlier version of the plan released in January.

The new venues announced on Wednesday, June 24, included Boston College’s own Conte Forum, which would host Olympic wrestling and Olympic and Paralympic judo. In the original venue plan, the committee proposed both events to be held at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center.

Conte Forum was originally being considered to host women’s basketball and potentially indoor volleyball prior to the announcement of the new venue plan.

According to university spokesperson Jack Dunn, Boston College has agreed to work with Boston 2024 and the city to offer Conte Forum as a venue for the Games. “Our offer to host wrestling and judo in Conte Forum reflects our desire to be of service to the city and the region as it moves forward with its Olympic bid,” says Dunn.

However, local colleges have yet to officially sign any contracts with the bid committee. Committee officials are still in the early stages of negotiating venue agreements with more than nine institutions around the city, but have come a long way since discussions early on in January and are having “more detailed conversations and touring potential venues” at this point.

Other venues under the new venue plan released Wednesday include Harvard University, which would host Olympic and Paralympic archery and field hockey, and Northeastern, which would host weightlifting.

Without the use of college campuses, the likelihood of Boston hosting the Summer Games seems dismal. The city’s bid appealed to the US Olympic Committee because of its vow to not use any public funding for building new venues, relying heavily on the use of existing structures of the city’s many college campuses.

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