Los Angeles’s bid for the 2024 Olympics included using the Coliseum as a venue for events, and now we’re getting a fresh look at what the Coliseum might look like all decked out for the 2024 Games.
Now, thanks to new renderings from LA2024, the organization leading the charge for LA to host the 2024 Olympic Games, we're getting a better look at how the 1923 Coliseum would be temporarily transformed from a field for college football into a space for Olympic events. (The Rams will be using the Coliseum starting this year until their new stadium is complete in 2019, so they’ll be long gone by 2024.)
From the release from the organization:
Warm-up and operations facilities will be housed under the temporary athletics deck, offering maximum convenience for athletes and operational efficiency. The track surface will be removed and the stadium will be returned to USC shortly after the Paralympic Games Closing Ceremony, reducing costs to LA 2024 and minimizing disruption to the collegiate football season.
The video version of the renderings gives a quick glimpse of how the field would be turned into a track-and-field-focused space.
This would be the Coliseum's third Olympics, having hosted the Opening and Closing Ceremonies and track and field for the 1932 and 1984 Olympic Games.
LA2024 is also planing to turn USC’s Dedeaux Field into "an elite, purpose-built open-air swimming venue." The field is normally where USC’s baseball team plays. USC's Uytengsu Aquatics Center, which was the site of the 1984 Olympics’s swimming events, would be used as a training center for swimmers and divers during the Games.
Previous plans had called for the new LAFC soccer stadium to function as the swimming venue. But now that stadium, set to rise on the site of the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, will be hosting Olympic soccer, says the release. The possibility is open for other shuffles in the venue uses before the official bid is submitted next year—the organization says it "will continue to consider venue adjustments prior to submitting its final deliverable to the IOC in February 2017."