Berkshire East Mountain Resort issues statement on USOC Boston 2024 bid decision

Jul 28, 2015, 10:38 ET from Berkshire East

CHARLEMONT, Mass., July 28, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- In response to media requests for reaction the USOC ending the Boston 2024 bid, Berkshire East has issued the following statement:

Berkshire East Mountain Resort is disappointed in the USOC's decision to terminate the Boston bid for the 2014 Olympics. With the whitewater venue slated for the Deerfield River, and a series of other events in strong consideration in the region, it could have provided an important boost and exposure to the amazing outdoor recreation opportunities in our state as well as providing legacy venues to be utilized for years to come. Berkshire East had been closely working with Olympic organizers to bring a number of events to western Massachusetts and was a leading candidate to host the mountain biking venue.  Significant progress has been made in recent months to develop a successful bid package that made sense for Boston and the entire state. It is unfortunate at this to see the plug pulled.

Said Owner James Schaefer:
"Olympics are the pinnacle of human sporting endeavors, Boston is America's #1 sports town. Turning down the Olympics goes against what Boston stands for. Something doesn't add up. It's not just about the money.
It is the legacy and the inspiration for current and future generations. Berkshire East is investing in the state and in New England. Some aspects of our business won't see a return for a decade or more. Sad day for New England and the Bay State."

SOURCE Berkshire East