If Boston officials have their way, the 2024 Summer Games will transform the city into a giant Olympic park, with sailing in the harbor, baseball at Fenway Park and beach volleyball at the famed Boston Common.
The Massachusetts capital recently won a competition -- defeating Los Angeles, among other cities -- to be the sole U.S. candidate to host the Games.
But even as the bid committee continues its work, critics have threatened to pursue a referendum that would put the effort up to a public vote.
"We are still thinking through the right strategy," said Chris Dempsey of a group called No Boston Olympics.
The bid cites a $4.7-billion operating budget that officials say would be covered by broadcast revenue, ticket sales and sponsorships. A temporary stadium and an athletes village at UMass-Boston would be built.
The proposal also involves $5.2 billion in public transportation and infrastructure projects said to be already planned or underway.
The Boston Globe reported that Mayor