Richard Davey, the chief executive of Boston 2014 joined Dennis & Callahan in studio Tuesday morning to discuss the status of the bid and what is to come. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.
Davey said the biggest thing right now is to convince people that there will be no tax payer dollars going towards the event, as it will be privately funded.
“We have to convince people we’re not going to use tax payer dollar for venues and operations,” said Davey. “Those are right questions, other governments do that. We haven’t produced a detailed plan yet. In the next couple months [we will] so you guys can give us feedback and we’re confident we can do that. I know you have traffic and other concerns and we can talk about that, but the number one piece is we need to assure people is we’re not going to use tax payer dollars.”
He added: “All in it’s $9 billion. The billion for security and the rest is privately funded, so it’s game operations, you get it from TV revenue, ticket sales, corporate sponsorships.”
Federal tax payers will have to cover $1 billion for security, but Davey noted they will likely apply for a national security event.
“There’s a process in place that we apply for with what is called a national security event,” Davey said. “The Olympics in 2002 got, political party conventions get that, in fact, a couple Super Bowls have as well. Guys, even if we lose the Olympics, I have news for you, we’re going to be paying for security whether it is in Paris or Rome of Hamburg. We deploy special security forces, the military to some extent, we did it in Sochi 18 months ago to protect their athletes.”
Former governor Deval Patrick was on the committee and making reportedly $7,500 a day. He’s now not being paid, but still on the committee.
“It didn’t work out. It’s worked out now,” Davey said. “He’s going to be part of the team without being paid. The governor we think will be a great ambassador internationally for sure. He’s well liked and we’ll use him strategically on the road.”
There have also been reports Red Sox CEO Larry Lucchino will be on the committee and helping out in any way that he can.
“If Larry joins, I am [excited],” said Davey. “I don’t know Larry extremely well. We worked together in a few projects around Fenway Park. He has great predation he’s obviously done a lot with the Padres, the Orioles and the Sox, so he’d be a great addition.”
As for what is next, there will likely be a vote in the state of Massachusetts to see if the population of the state wants to have the Olympics in Boston, and ultimately, the final decision on the host city will be made in the summer of 2017.
“Our next bid is due to the International Olympic Committee in January of ’16,” Davey said. “We’ll have a revision due in January of ’17 and then the IOC will make it’s final decision in the summer of ’17.”