NEWPORT, R.I. (WPRI) — With the bid to bring the 2024 Summer Olympics to Boston, Discover Newport is hoping to convince the powers that be to head 70 miles south for sailing and tennis events.
“When it comes to sailing, we think Fort Adams is the best sailing facility, certainly, on the American East Coast,” said Evan Smith of Discover Newport. “We don’t think they’ll find a better location [in Boston] that can provide the resources for hosting a sailing event.”
The tourism organization has not, as yet, had conversations with the Boston committee, but is hoping to open a dialogue in short order about both Fort Adams and the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
With Boston looking to use existing facilities rather than building new, the 2024 game could take on a more regional feel, said Smith.
In fact, that was the feeling Newport’s mayor got with the 1996 Games. Jeanne-Marie Napolitano attended the Atlanta games, and “some of the venues were a ways out, but it was always interesting to see other parts of Georgia,” she said.
If Boston does win the bid, but chooses not to hold events in Rhode Island, Smith still expects plenty of visitors: “People will come and want to see Cape Cod and see Newport and want to see all the beauties of New England, so we think that’s a big victory,” he said.
The International Olympic Committee won’t make a decision for another two years; whichever city is picked as the host city will have seven years to prepare.