Bozeman, Montana Unlikely To Replace Boston 2024 Olympic Bid

A source close to Mayor Jeff Krauss admitted that the city of Bozeman, Montana is unlikely to replace embattled Boston as America’s bid for the 2024 Olympic Games.

MSU Bobcat Stadium in Bozeman will not be hosting athletics at the 2024 Olympic Games (MSU Photo)

MSU Bobcat Stadium in Bozeman will not be hosting athletics at the 2024 Olympic Games (MSU Photo)

Despite plunging public support numbers in the Massachusetts capital and an upcoming binding referendum across the state to determine the fate of Boston 2024, Bozeman officials seem unwilling to instead offer their city to host the World’s biggest quadrennial multi-sport event.

Amid the rumours that Boston is about to be replaced, United States Olympic Committee (USOC) CEO Scott Blackmun said Tuesday “we believe that Boston can and should lead America’s bid to host the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games.”

“Any suggestion that we are considering alternatives is simply not true.”

And Bozeman officials remain adamant that they are not planning on moving any bid plans forward.

An upgraded Montana State Bobcat Stadium won’t likely host athletics and Opening and Closing ceremonies for the Olympics in 2024 and Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport will unlikely receive the necessary upgrades to handle hundreds of thousands of spectators, athletes and officials who would travel to the 33rd edition of the Games.

There probably won’t be any complaints about the 10 hour drive to the sailing venue near Seattle, or the exorbitant cost of an Upgrade to the Montana Rail Link for high speed trains to reach it in only three-and-a-half hours.  Neither will there be any need to reschedule the popular Bozeman Dressage and Combined Training Club Schooling Show in the summer of 2024 to accommodate the Olympic Equestrian preparations.

Bozeman, Montana officials deny they are considering a 2024 Olympic bid to replace Boston (MSU Photo)

Bozeman, Montana officials deny they are considering a 2024 Olympic bid to replace Boston (MSU Photo)

Plans to build the Olympic Park alongside I-90 near North 19th Avenue and Tschache Lane (you know, right behind the Lowes with Wendy’s in the parking lot) that would include a pop-up temporary football stadium, an aquatics centre and Olympic Village, probably won’t be developed.  Temporary facilities for the medals plaza, and media and broadcast centres won’t ever be erected at the Gallatin County Fairgrounds.

The club house at the Cottonwood Hills Golf Course will more likely be showing the Olympics on television than hosting the live event, and public relations consultants won’t be spending countless hours coming up with a story explaining the legacy of the velodrome that could have been built off South Kagy Blvd. near MSU – but not anymore.

The beautiful iconic vistas of Olympic mountain biking and kayaking at Yellowstone National Park will never be observed, and lines on the road leading there to indicate Olympic travel lanes will never be painted.  Ritz-Carlton won’t be planning to build a hotel for the Olympic family in Bozeman.

The slogan “Making First Contact Through Sport,” an obscure reference to Star Trek and Bozeman as the location where Vulcans became the first alien race to contact humans after they detected a warp signature, will never be written on a banner or hash tagged on a Twitter Post.

The Hilton Garden Inn Bozeman will not be the Media hotel for the 2024 Olympic Games (Hilton Photo)

The Hilton Garden Inn Bozeman will not be the Media hotel for the 2024 Olympic Games (Hilton Photo)

KTVM-TV Channel 6, the NBC affiliate based in Butte, Montana that also serves the greater Bozeman area will not be the host broadcaster during the Games but will merely air the coverage from some distant host city.

A recent poll in the city with more than 90,000 people in the metro area revealed over 80% support for an Olympic Games among Bozemanites.  The government source said that a bid would have been a perfect fit for the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) Agenda 2020 (because, why not?) –  a recently approved set of reforms to ensure cost efficient and sustainable Games – and the most compact bid ever, but the city council has no desire to bail out Boston taxpayers at this point.

“We never even gave it a second thought,” she said.

The source did say, however, that the city’s 2026 Olympic Winter Games bid is still on and ready to go.

The application deadline for 2024 bids is September 15, 2015.

[Editor’s Note:  As you may have already suspected, this article is our annual April Fools Day piece.  Though not completely untrue, it pokes some fun at our friends in Boston, Bozeman and the IOC.  See some of our past April 1 jokes below.]

Robert Livingstone

About Robert Livingstone

Robert Livingstone is a senior editor, award-winning journalist and author, covering Olympic bid business as founder of GamesBids.com as well as providing freelance support for print and Web publications around the world. He is a member of the Olympic Journalists Association and the International Society of Olympic Historians. Follow him @enotsgnivil