COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — City leaders from Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington met Friday with top executives at the U.S. Olympic Committee to hear about the nuts and bolts of bidding for the 2024 Olympics.
Among those attending were Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh. Giants owner Larry Baer helped represent San Francisco, and bid chairman Russ Ramsey was there for Washington.
These were low-key meetings, in keeping with the USOC’s overall strategy as it decides whether to bid for 2024 and, if so, which city would have the best chance of winning.
The USOC will decide whether to bid by early next year.
The Olympics will be awarded in 2017, with Paris, Rome, Istanbul and Doha among the other possible bidders.
What an Olympics might look like in each of the four cities:
Venues: The only city of the four to have hosted an Olympics (1932, 1984), Los Angeles hopes to renovate the Coliseum. Downtown L.A. would host about half the events; the organizing committee says it can transport about 80 percent of spectators via an expanded metro rail system and other public transportation.
Climate: Temperatures in July and August hover between 75 and 85 . After Beijing, it will be hard to complain about smog, but it does exist in Los Angeles.
Advantages: They’ve done this before and those in the IOC with long memories certainly credit Los Angeles for reviving the Olympic movement with its successful 1984 Games.
Obstacles: The chance that it could feel like 40 separate events being held over a sprawling cityscape. Though London set the precedent by hosting three Olympics, the IOC might not want to make that a habit.
Venues: Gillette Stadium, Boston Garden, Fenway Park, the Boston Marathon course. These games would almost certainly be spread around New England.
Climate: Average high around 80 degrees in July and August.
Advantage: Hard to find a city with a better sense of sports than Boston.
Obstacles: T hose looking to pick on Boston’s ability to deliver on a big project will find the city to be an easy target.
Just go back to “The Big Dig” — that disorganized, delayed and massively over-budget tunnel project through the middle of the city.
Venues: Including Camden Yards and M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore and FedEx Field in Landover, Md., the D.C. area claims to have the most venues in a 40-mile range in the U.S.
Climate: The average high in July is 87 — 2 degrees cooler than Atlanta.
Advantage: Many venues are built and ready to go.
Obstacle: Just because it’s a capital city doesn’t mean it resonates worldwide the way, say, Rome or Paris might.
Venues: Levi’s Stadium (Santa Clara), AT&T Park (San Francisco), SAP Center (San Jose), the San Francisco Bay. (And maybe Pebble Beach?)
Climate: Average high during July in San Francisco is 70.
Advantage: With its cache, San Francisco, unlike Chicago in the 2016 race, wouldn’t have to be “introduced” to the world.