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.