Los Angeles Wants the Summer Olympics

By Parrish Walton, December 16, 2014

San Francisco isn’t the only West Coast city looking to get in on the 2024 Summer Olympics as Los Angeles will make a pitch for the Games, joining the Bay Area city.

City officials have but one hour to pitch L.A. to the USOC as the committee is only submitting one bid and competition is steep, with San Francisco, Boston and Washington D.C. all in the mix.

Los Angeles last hosted the Games in 1984, and part of Mayor Eric Garcetti’s pitch will be how much the city has changed since then, hoping to new updates to venues, infrastructure and attractions will be able to overcome a “Why Los Angeles again?” mentality.

One thing L.A. has going for it is the vast array of venues at its disposal, including Walt Disney Concert Hall, Nokia Theatre, Santa Monica shoreline, Staples Center and The Coliseum, which would undoubtedly need a face lift.

Then there’s the wild card of the much discussed potential stadium for a new NFL franchise that is seemingly on and off with each passing month.

The IOC has hoped to curb spending to host the Games after Russia spent a reported $51 billion, causing several cities to pull out of bidding on future games, including the 2022 Winter Games, which saw all but two cities jump ship.

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