The Boston 2024 Organising Committee have today released detailed plans of the city's bid to host the Olympic and Paralympic Games in nine years' time.
The plans include creating what they have called two "venue clusters" - a waterfront cluster and a university cluster.
The waterfront cluster would include the temporary Olympic Stadium at Widett Circle as well as the Athletes' Village, the Boston Exhibition and Conference Centre and also Boston Harbour.
Meanwhile the university cluster will make use of current infrastructure such as Harvard Stadium, Boston University and Boston Common.
The plans centre on the bid's main mantra of sustainability and accessibility, with the venues set to be 3.3 miles apart on average - a distance that is substantially shorter than that of previous Olympic and Paralympic Games host cities.
One of the other themes detailed was the potential use of Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox, despite the fact that baseball is not currently included on the Olympic programme.
The International Olympic Committee's (IOC) Agenda 2020 reforms opened up the possibility of more sports being included at the Tokyo 2020 Games and beyond, although the IOC have not yet confirmed whether they will add more sports to the current list.
By including plans for baseball, the Boston Organising Committee have indicated that they are forward-thinking and are prepared for any changes the IOC may choose to make for future Olympic and Paralympic Games.
One of the main qualms of the No Boston Olympics opposition group is that the details of how the city plans to host the Games had been kept private up until now, but their release today perhaps enhances the transparency of the campaign, although doubts still remain about the financial side of the bid.
The development comes after Boston Mayor Martin Walsh said he will not stand in the way if local residents want to hold a public referendum on the city's bid to host the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
On January 9 shortly after Boston was confirmed as the United States' contender - being selected ahead of Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington D.C. - Walsh said a public vote would not be necessary as Boston residents would all see the benefits of the bid.
However he now appears to have altered his stance.
"I wouldn't stand in the way [of a public referendum]," he told The Wall Street Journal.
But a spokesperson for the Boston Mayor attempted to clarify his view on the matter, saying that he does not support a referendum, which could potentially take place in November, but supports the voters' right to hold one.
A decision to hold a referendum would be a risk as similar votes over whether to bid for an Olympics have tended to fail.
This has been shown over the last 18 months with regard to bids for the 2022 Winter Games, with referendums in Munich, Davos and Kraków all failing, and one in Oslo narrowly passing only for the bid to be abandoned last September due to a lack of Government support.
A recent poll showed 51 per cent of Boston residents support the bid, but three quarters of respondents want a local vote to take place.
Berlin, another city potentially considering a bid for the 2024 Games, has also announced it will hold a referendum if it is chosen as the German Olympic Sports Confederation's bid city ahead of Hamburg.
The first in a series of Citizens Advisory Group meetings, held with a view to gauging current public opinion on Boston hosting the Games, will be held at the Boston Exhibition and Conference Centre today.
The full documents can be accessed here.
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