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Prominent business leaders exploring Boston as host of the Olympics in 2024

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BOSTON ( -- Prominent developer John Fish won't reveal who exactly came up with the idea to potentially help bring the 2024 Summer Olympic Games to Boston, but he says it's definitely worth exploring.

"Boston is no longer just a national city. Boston is an international city," Fish said. "And we have to give ourselves the opportunity to think big."

Over the weekend, it was reported Fish -- the chair and chief executive of Suffolk Construction -- helped bring together a group of community leaders, from Patriots owner Robert Kraft to former police commissioner Edward Davis, and met with the delegation of the U.S. Olympic Committee, even touring potential Olympic sites in Boston.
"What we're trying to do right now is really try to accomplish an analytical study of does this in fact make sense," Fish said.

The city, and possibly beyond, after all would have to have the transportation infrastructure and housing to accommodate such a feat. Fish said he believes a thoughtful conversation with what he calls major stakeholders here needs to take place first, including business, universities, and that's not all.

"I think the public is a huge stakeholder," he said.

It's no secret that developers, like Fish or even Kraft, could potentially stand to gain if in fact the Olympics came to Boston.

Not everybody's on board. Roughly 75 percent of more than 5,000 people polled on Sunday said they thought it was not realistic for Boston to host the Olympics in 2024.

Many thought though it could be exciting, the Olympics would create a transportation nightmare, or that the city would be stuck in debt for many years after the games had ended.


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