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Tsongas Center Selected as Fencing Venue by Boston 2024

06/25/2015, 10:15am CDT
By Boston 2024

The Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell will host fencing and taekwondo if Boston becomes the host city for the 2024 Olympic Games, Boston 2024 Partnership CEO Rich Davey announced on Tuesday.

A key advantage to developing a plan for fiscally responsible, compact and environmentally sustainable Games is utilizing existing venues and resources that serve as ideal hosts for many Olympic and Paralympic sports.

“Our region is already home to many world-class venues, including several that strategically align with our vision for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Boston,” Davey said. “We’re fortunate to tap into these well managed and easy-to-access facilities to showcase the best of our region in our opportunity to host the best sporting events in the world.” 

Click here to view a fact sheet about fencing at the Tsongas Center.

Tsongas Center: Olympic fencing and taekwondo

The Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell will host Olympic fencing and taekwondo. Located on the University of Massachusetts’ Lowell campus, the Tsongas Center opened in 1998 as the home of NCAA Division I UMass-Lowell River Hawks ice hockey team. In addition to NCAA hockey games, the center hosts sporting events, concerts, family shows, tradeshows and conferences. The Tsongas Center provides its 7,800 attendees with beautiful views of the Merrimack River.

About the Venue Selection Process

To host Olympic and Paralympic events, all venues must meet a comprehensive set of criteria, including meeting the technical requirements outlined by each sport’s National Governing Body and International Federation.

Following extensive collaboration with colleges and universities, community groups, elected officials and other key stakeholders, Boston 2024 is developing the next phase of its Games Concept, which includes venue plans that reflect significant input from throughout the city and state. This is a natural evolution in a multi-step, multi-year bid process that culminates in the selection in the summer of 2017 of the 2024 host city by members of the International Olympic Committee.

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