The main strength of Los Angeles’s bid for the 2024 Olympic games has been the city’s existing infrastructure; bid leaders maintain that no permanent facilities will be constructed for the games, ensuring LA won’t end up with any wildly expensive stadiums that get used for two weeks and then sit empty for decades.
But that doesn’t mean parts of the city won’t get something of an Olympics makeover, should the city be selected to host the games. Today, LA 2024, the city’s bid committee, released renderings of a brightly colored temporary sports park in the Sepulveda Basin Recreation Area that would host equestrian, shooting, and canoe events during the games.
Called the Valley Sports Park, the cluster of facilities would be one of four around the greater LA area. The others would be located in Long Beach, Carson, and Downtown LA (split between Exposition Park, USC, and the LA Live complex). In September, LA 2024 revealed renderings of the sports park in Long Beach, which would also include temporary facilities easily disassembled after the games.
Many existing facilities will also see small changes for the games. The venerable Coliseum, for instance, would be outfitted with a raised track that would allow medalists to dramatically rise from below the surface on an elevator-like podium. Meanwhile, USC’s Dedeaux Field would be transformed into an open air swimming stadium.
Bid leaders say that all four of the sports parks would also have plenty of food and entertainment options available around the venues for non-ticket holding members of the public to enjoy.
Paris is now LA’s sole competitor for the 2024 games, though it’s looking increasingly likely that the International Olympic Committee will offer the 2028 games to the losing city. The IOC will decide on a host city in September.