CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (WHDH) -
The Olympic flag will be flying over Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 2016, but could it be flying over Boston eight years after?
The U.S. Olympic Committee had a meeting Tuesday at M.I.T. in Cambridge to narrow down the list of possible cities within the country for the 2024 Summer Olympics.
The United States hosted the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City and the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta.
“I feel confident we’re in a good place, Boston’s a good city, but I don’t know anything about the Olympic Committee,” Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said.
Proponents say the Olympics would bring an influx of tourism to the historic city and infrastructure improvements that could include a new soccer stadium.
Opponents say the games would create too much hassle, too much traffic and be too expensive.
“We love sports and we see Boston as a world class city and we would love to have a three week party but we aren’t willing to have the $15 billion dollar hangover that comes with it,” Liam Kerr from No Boston Olympics said.
Other cities in the United States vying for the games include Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington and Dallas, international competition includes Rome and Paris.
For now the list of cities that made the cut is being kept under wraps, but organizers say they could release that information in a few weeks.
“We're not prepared to announce which cities today obviously we need to take some time to communicate with them individually,” Larry Probst, Chairman of the U.S. Olympic Committee, said.