The Olympic Games are supposed to be considered an honor for the host country, but the negative aspects of being host to the Olympic Games have been an increasingly prominent display since Rio 2016.
Crumbling venues and bankrupt countries have cast the Games and the Olympic Movement into darkness. Support for what is supposed to be the biggest sporting event in the world has reached new lows in both attendance and remote viewing. Volunteers were used to fill stands at the 2018 Winter Games and they broadcast as the least watched Games on record.
Despite the increasingly negative public image of the Olympic Games, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has been expressing unanimous interest in hosting the 2024 Summer Olympics since 2013.
The Los Angeles bid originally began as a movement called LA 2024. When Rome and Budapest withdrew from the process due to cost and uncertain political climates, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) was left with only two cities in the running: Paris and LA.
Both cities had the support and experience needed to be successful hosts, so the IOC made the unprecedented decision to award both the 2024 and 2028 Games simultaneously.
Los Angeles emerged as the host city of the Games of the XXXIV Olympiad, more commonly referred to as LA 2028.
In contrast to the disrepair and disarray we’ve seen in previous host cities, LA 2028 promises to be a completely reimagined Olympic Games. Los Angeles is no amateur when it comes to large entertainment events and that experience is reflected in the unique and forward-thinking LA 2028 proposal.
While other cities make changes for the Olympics, Los Angeles is incorporating the Olympics into changes being made for the city.
Citizens of Los Angeles have recently voted to approve a measure to increase sales tax to fund a massive expansion of the public transportation system. In 2028, this will prove invaluable when hundreds of thousands of athletes and spectators descend upon the city.
The LA Stadium at Hollywood Park is a facility planned to open in 2020 to be the new home of the LA Rams and Chargers. In 2028, it will be home to Olympic soccer matches.
UCLA and USC’s campuses are scheduled to receive small renovations. This will then provide an easy transition in 2028 when they are utilized as the Olympic Village and Media Village.
These developments are only three of the many that have been made for the betterment of Los Angeles but will also contribute to a successful Olympic Games. The 2028 Olympics have always been discussed as a beneficiary of the changes coming to Los Angeles, not as the reason for them occurring. This tenet of extreme reuse is what will make the Olympics a worthwhile investment to host cities again. Instead of crumbling buildings, LA will have Olympic-level facilities for use both before and after the Games.
The Olympic Movement is dedicated to supporting the societal connection between culture, sport, and education. The destitution that is too often left behind in host cities has quickly overshadowed this mission. Los Angeles has an approach that declares itself prepared to break this cycle. Previous host cities have attempted to use the Olympics for revitalization. LA 2028 is poised to instead revitalize the Olympics.