The United States Olympic Committee (USOC) has chosen Los Angeles as the country’s submission for the summer 2024 Olympic bid, pending the city council’s approval next week, according to the Associated Press.
Up until last month, USOC’s first choice had been Boston, but the committee chose to abandon its push for Boston after both the Mayor of Boston Marty Walsh and Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker both failed to publicly endorse the bid.
“Boston 2024 has expressed confidence that, with more time, they could generate the public support necessary to win the bid and deliver a great games,” said USOC CEO Scott Blackmun. “They also recognize, however, that we are out of time if the USOC is going to be able to consider a bid from another city.”
That other city was apparently LA, which has been quietly pushed as the best possible alternative. LA created the modern blueprint for the Olympic Games when they hosted in 1984.
L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti released his plan to win the Olympics for his city with a $4.5 billion bid.
The bid included a $800 million remodeling of Memorial Stadium, which will serve as the main venue with five other additional venues, including the Staples Center.
Also included in the bid are plans for a $1 billion athletes’ village.
The idea seems to have the support of the citizens of Los Angeles, recent USOC polling suggests over 80 percent of those asked would be happy to play host to the world in 2024.
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