LA 2024 releases new renderings of proposed Olympic venues
Ahead of a visit by the International Olympic Committee's Evaluation Commission that begins on Tuesday, Los Angeles Olympic organizers have provided a few more glimpses of what a 2024 Olympics would look like in the form of renderings of proposed stand-alone venues.
The proposal for 2024 is centered around four clusters of venues – in the San Fernando Valley, downtown L.A., South Bay and Long Beach – but some competitions would take place at other locations. For instance, beach volleyball would be played on the shores of Santa Monica and UCLA's Pauley Pavilion would host judo (pictured above.)
"I am excited to share renderings of LA 2024's world-class stand-alone competition venues and Villages at USC and UCLA," LA 2024 Chairman Casey Wasserman said in a statement. "The LA 2024 Games Plan places sports where they fit best in Southern California, engaging communities across the region, not just in our four sports parks."
Seven soccer matches would be played at the Rose Bowl, a plan the Pasadena City Council approved last year.
One of the most popular events, gymnastics, would take place at the Forum in Inglewood. Next door, the newly built Rams and Chargers stadium would host archery and co-host part of the opening and closing ceremonies, along with the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
UCLA would house Olympic athletes, while members of the media would stay at USC. Typically, Olympic villages are among the most expensive parts of an Olympic bid, but by having visitors stay in dorms, organizers are following through on their promise of a more austere games.
The International Olympic Committee will make its final selection in September in Lima, Peru; Paris is considered the front runner but some analysts have suggested that the IOC might split the difference, awarding the 2024 Olympics to Paris and 2028 to Los Angeles.