With the 2016 Summer Olympics just behind us, many in Los Angeles are looking into the future with Olympic dreams; not as athletes, but as hosts. Los Angeles is one of the cities bidding to host the 2024 Olympic Games. This excites many throughout the region with dreams of the Olympics rings coming to LA.
Those who are leading the charge towards becoming the chosen host city have outlined a plan that uses existing facilities throughout Los Angeles to host the various sporting events. In many cases, cities will build large stadiums or Olympic Parks to accommodate the games. The city of Los Angeles and its Olympic Committee, LA 2024, have vowed not to let their Olympic Dreams put the city in any financial danger. Recently the city unveiled plans to develop an Olympic Park in Long Beach with two large temporary infrastructures, something new to the original plan.
In a press release from LA 2024, LA’s privately funded bid committee, the organization is working to change the long-standing notion of a central Olympic Park. Instead they propose spreading the competition spaces around the region. The committee had previously proposed three individual parks in the Downtown area and around the University of Southern California; Carson’s Stub Hub athletic complex, and the Sepulveda Basin.
The proposed Long Beach sports park is located just over half an hour from the suggested site of Olympic Village, which will be at the UCLA campus. Nearby Long Beach Convention Center would be used as a warm-up facility, with attached arenas holding handball matches. Marathon swimming and triathlon events are proposed to take place at the waterfront and sailing competition along the Belmont Pier. The exclusive Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades is the chosen site for the golfing tournament, and the Honda Center in Anaheim is earmarked for volleyball. Originally, the UCLA Pauley Pavilion was proposed as the site for volleyball, but in hopes of bringing in a large volleyball crowd from Orange County, this would likely be among the most popular venues.
The newly proposed cutting edge temporary facilities will have the ability to be constructed specifically for the games and then deconstructed and repurposed after its conclusion. These two structures would host water polo events as well as newly added BMX racing events. These two new facilities add to the expanding list of venues that will be used to support the games. LA 2024 has until February 3 to file the finalized proposal to the International Olympic Committee. In the meantime it is expected that many more potential changes will be announced.
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