- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July 28—Here’s a timeline of Boston’s doomed bid to host the 2024 Summer Games.

Jan. 8 — The United States Olympic Committee selects the Hub to represent America in its bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics in a decision that shocks most observers.

Jan. 9 — At a press conference with USOC officials, Mayor Martin J. Walsh vows “the most open and transparent and inclusive process in Olympic history” but rules out a referendum, and Boston 2024 refuses to release the entire bid it submitted to the USOC. Under public pressure, it eventually does.

Jan. 16 — Olympic critic Evan Falchuk calls for a ballot question on whether to host the games.

Jan. 22 — Boston 2024, the group of power brokers behind the bid, releases details on “the most walkable games in the modern era” with a budget of $4.7 billion.

Jan. 28 — Both U.S. reps. Michael Capuano and Stephen Lynch slam plans to build a velodrome and an Olympic stadium in their districts.

March 10 — Under public pressure, Boston 2024 finally reveals that former Gov. Deval Patrick will rake in $7,500 a day as a consultant to the group. Amid an outcry, Patrick later announces he’s had a “change of heart” and will work for free.

March 13 — A poll shows support for the Boston Olympics has plunged to 44 percent.

May 21 — Boston 2024 Chairman John Fish steps down and is replaced by venture capitalist and Celts owner Stephen Pagliuca.

June 30 — Boston 2024 revamps its original Olympics proposal, dubbed “Bid 2.0.”

July 3 — Returning from a meeting with USOC officials, Walsh says he won’t sign onto a bid without a guarantee that any overruns would not fall onto taxpayers.

July 27 — Walsh again insists he won’t bend to pressure to sign on to any host city contract linking taxpayer dollars to cost overruns. Later, the USOC announces it’s dropping Boston as its host city.

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