Is Los Angeles A Lock For The 2024 Olympics?
No -- but it's got as a good a shot as any city in America. That's for damn sure.
[The Guardian] ...Either Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco or Washington will be chosen as the candidate city but not until early next year.
Make no mistake: LA is the safe choice. The vast pre-existing infrastructure makes it the most affordable bid, no small concern at a time when the cost of hosting has come under unprecedented scrutiny. It’s a city that knows how to host an Olympics, having previously hosted in 1932 and 1984, and would join London as the only three-time host. This year, it was named the most powerful city brand in the world, an honor that coincides with a reduction in crime and pollution.
L.A. has the weather, the facilities and the unwavering desire to host the 2024 Olympics. The USOC's other options, like Boston and San Francisco, would most likely cost too much, while D.C. -- which has the infrastructure -- already has enough safety concerns to worry about without the influx of millions of additional foreigners hanging out in crowds around the city for a month. Sure, they're used to handling large gatherings and the city is the most efficient in the country -- but Washington hasn't exactly been the darling of the international community over the last fifty years. Holding the Olympics there would be playing with fire (torch pun not intended).
Los Angeles, on the other hand, is the entertainment capital of the planet. Hosting a spectacle like the Olympics -- which many cities are struggling to justify paying for -- is EXACTLY what L.A. is built for. From the eye test alone, we wholly expect the city to be tapped to go head-to-head with Paris and Berlin for the 2024 games. The L.A. Times has even outlined the city's loose plans for converting existing venues to accommodate the games, as well as any additional construction that may be required.
• Walt Disney Concert Hall could host martial arts.
• Fencers could compete inside the Nokia Theatre.
• Santa Monica shoreline could be transformed into a beach volleyball venue.
• The Queen Mary and Long Beach could serve as a centerpiece for sailing events.
• Staples Center would host multiple events with a smaller stadium constructed for swimming.
• The Coliseum would get a facelift while retaining its historic facade.
There had been some thought about using Hollywood Bowl, but that idea seems to have lost momentum.
As far as L.A.'s international competition is concerned, Paris hosted the 1924 Olympics (so they've got the whole "100-year anniversary" angle), while the IOC President, Thomas Bach, is German and expected to favor Berlin.
The USOC's decision to nominate a city will be made public at some point in 2015.
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