Proposed venues for 2024 Los Angeles Olympics
The bid book for the 2024 Olympics that Los Angeles officials released Tuesday laid out an initial blueprint for 30 or so proposed venues.
A renovated Coliseum will serve as the centerpiece, with other facilities arranged in five clusters across the city. Bidding is a long process and plans almost always change, but here is the current configuration:
- 1. Coliseum (Opening ceremony and closing ceremony, track and field): Organizers hope to partner with USC for a massive renovation that might include a roof over seating areas.
- 2. Planned soccer stadium beside Coliseum (Swimming, diving): Approximately $100 million would be spent on a temporary pool.
- 3. Galen Center (Boxing): At about 10,000 seats, this arena has hosted big-time boxing in the past.
- 4. Shrine Auditorium (Weightlifting): Built in the 1920s, this venue might need a considerable makeover.
- 5. Convention Center (Badminton, table tennis, wrestling, rhythmic gymnastics, handball, martial arts): Much like the ExCel center at the 2012 London Games, this venue could accommodate six sports.
- 6. Staples Center (Gymnastics, trampoline, basketball): A familiar spot to hold the basketball finals.
- 7. Microsoft Theater (Fencing): Fencing could benefit from added exposure in the midst of L.A. Live crowds.
- 8-9. Dodger Stadium: Baseball, softball (if reinstated to the Olympics).
- 10. Hollywood Boulevard (Marathon start and finish, walking, road cycling): Bid leaders like the idea of using the Walk of Fame and Dolby Theatre as a backdrop for the marathon finish.
- 11-12. Griffith Park (Mountain biking, BMX): Courses for BMX and mountain biking would be added, with room for 8,000 or so spectators.
- 13. Wilson Golf Course (Golf): The site formerly hosted the L.A. Open; the project has an extra $25 million tacked on for a new clubhouse.
- 14-17. Woodley Golf Course and Sepulveda Basin Recreation Area (Archery, equestrian, shooting, modern pentathlon, canoe slalom): The northwestern end would host archery and shooting. A canoe slalom course would have to be constructed beside Lake Balboa. The modern pentathlon and equestrian events would be held at the golf course.
- 18-20. Santa Monica Beach/Pacific Coast Highway (Volleyball, triathlon, open-water swimming, cycling time trials): Events would be spread across 26 acres of beachfront, possibly adjacent to the pier.
- 21. L.A. Tennis Center (Water polo): In another switch, organizers would spend $40 million on a temporary pool for water polo.
- 22. Pauley Pavilion (Basketball): UCLA’s renovated arena would host – what else? – basketball.
- 23-24. Drake Stadium/UCLA North Athletic Field (Field hockey): The Bruins’ track facility would be converted for field hockey, as would an adjacent field.
South Bay Cluster
- 25. StubHub Center Soccer Stadium (Rugby): With soccer usually spread across disparate sites, this 27,000-seat venue would host rugby instead.
- 26. StubHub Tennis Stadium (Tennis): It would not take much to hold tennis at this professional-level site.
- 27. Velodrome (Cycling): Organizers would need to spend $45 million to expand the building and add seating. The venue could continue to be a U.S. training center after the Games.
- 28. Inglewood Forum (Volleyball): Sports return to the former home of the Lakers with the volleyball competition.
- 29. Rose Bowl (Soccer): This former World Cup stadium would be a natural for soccer.
- 30. L.A. Waterfront (Sailing): Sailing could be held off San Pedro or moved to another part of the state.
- 31. Lake Casitas (Rowing, canoe sprint): USC and UCLA might help build a rowing venue, then use it for their teams afterward.
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