Fenway Park would open its doors should Boston host the 2024 Olympics and bid organizers wish to use the iconic stadium as part of its Games plan.
“I hope baseball gets back into the Olympics, and there would be a role for Fenway Park to play,” Boston Red Sox COO chief operating officer Sam Kennedy said, according to MassLive.com. “It’s obviously too early to tell, but we stand ready to participate if we get called upon.”
Boston won’t learn if it will host the 2024 Olympics for another 2 1/2 years. Baseball is not currently part of the Olympic program, though it could return as early as the Tokyo 2020 Games.
But Fenway Park would be part of Boston 2024’s to-be-finalized plan, according to The Associated Press.
Fenway is no stranger to Olympics-related sightings. Usain Bolt, 2004 Olympic marathon silver medalist Meb Keflezighi and two-time U.S. Olympic hockey silver medalist Meghan Duggan have thrown notable ceremonial first pitches.
The 1984 U.S. Olympic baseball team played at Fenway Park during its run-up series to the Games, when baseball was a demonstration sport. Mark McGwire talked about that team here.
The 2010 U.S. Olympic men’s hockey team was announced at the Winter Classic at Fenway Park.