Olympics Games in Los Angeles for 2024?
With the recent buzz through out the world over the 2016 Olympic games in Rio, local Angelinos will recall that our city successfully hosted the summer games in 1984. Many will even note that the 1984 games were arguably the most successful, resulting in a surplus of nearly $230 million dollars, of which LA kept nearly half.
As the Olympic competition kicked off in Brazil, Mayor Garcetti and his team for LA’s Olympic bid were in Rio de Janeiro to make the case for Los Angeles to host the 2024 games. Just last year, we didn’t have a real shot at the bid, but when Boston’s bid abruptly collapsed, LA stepped into the role of standard bearer for the United States in front of the International Olympic Committee.
What makes LA such a great venue of a city to host the summer games is her venues and geological variety to accommodate the different competitions. The 2024 Olympics in LA would be a very responsible and responsive way to host the games without huge expenditures. As a city, we are ready for this endeavor that would bring international exposure for the 21st century, without changing her too much.
Whereas other cities have used the Olympics as a means of improving infrastructure and mass transit projects, much of that work is already being undertaken in LA. Public transit is and will continue to be the main mode of transportation for spectators at the games. With the massive overhaul of LAX and the many transit projects planned, it has never been easier for someone to fly into and travel in LA County.