How Boston stacks up as an Olympics host city contender

Boston made the United States Olympic Committee's "short list" of potential 2024 host candidates, along with Los Angeles, the host of the 1984 Summer Games, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.

“Boston, LA, San Francisco and Washington have each given us reason to believe they can deliver a compelling and successful bid, and we look forward to continuing to explore the possibilities as we consider 2024," said Scott Blackmun, CEO of the United States Olympic Committee, in a statement.

The Globe took a look at how Boston compared to the other three potential host cities in the US using data related to the committee's demands.


London's Olympic Park totalled 500 acres with 73 acres for the Athletes' Village. Included in committee's criteria is room for 16,500 beds, a 5,000-person dining hall, and operations space for 15,000 media and broadcasters. Of the four cities, Los Angeles's sprawling layout far surpassed its contenders in terms of size.

The shapes below show the approximate size of the venues built for London, as they would fit in the competing cities.


Washington, D.C.:

San Francisco:

Los Angeles:

Getting around:

While Los Angeles is the largest of the short list cities, it is also the hardest to traverse. The public transit options are few and traffic congestion is high, based on vehicle traffic figures from Tom Tom and public transportation scores from

In comparison, Boston sees a lower congestion rate of 21 percent and the second highest transit score. The score is based on how well a location is served by public transit.


The Olympic committee requires that potential host cities have 45,000 hotel rooms for the surge in overseas visitors. According to its Convention and Visitors Bureau, San Francisco fell short of that number.

Air travel:

Another criterion is that the host city have "an international airport that can handle thousands of international travelers per day." Each city easily meets this criteria.


While the Olympic committee doesn't require coffee shops in a host city, the Wall Street Journal reported a latent demand for Starbucks brews at the Sochi Winter Olympic Games. Here's a look at how much a Grande Latte would run you in all four contenders.

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