The 2028 Olympics Will Be Held in Los Angeles

Calvin Saunders
September 14, 2017

The Olympic cauldron at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum is blazing again, ahead of the expected official awarding of the 2028 Games to LA. The IOC chose to award two games at the same time in a history-making vote, putting the rubber stamp on the pre-determined conclusion.

Following the IOC's vote in July, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo celebrated the decision.

The 2024 Games will mark the third time Paris has staged the Olympics, coming exactly 100 years after they last hosted the Games.

L.A., which previously hosted the Olympics in 1932 and 1984, was officially awarded the 2028 Games after a vote by the International Olympic Committee members on September 13 in Lima, Peru. "With the support, enthusiasm and passion of their citizens and athletes, Los Angeles and Paris have presented the best of their cities", IOC Member and Evaluation Commission Chair Patrick Baumann said in the report.

It sees the Games return to the United States for the first time since the 1996 Atlanta Olympics and marks the third occasion in which Los Angeles has hosted (1932, 1984).

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The IOC agreed in July that the 2024 and 2028 Games could be announced simultaneously, opening the door for LA to succeed Paris. "Well, what you see onstage here today reflects who we are, and the unique brand of California-cool that we will bring to the 2028 Games". The City of Angels was then given the opportunity.

Paris, with a Games budget of 6.8 billion euros (6.12 billion pounds), had failed with previous attempts to land the 1992, 2008 and 2012 Olympics. The U.S. Olympic Committee originally selected Boston in January 2015 during its domestic bidding phase. Rome, Budapest and Hamburg also dropped out, leaving Paris and L.A.

Today's vote took place during a tumultuous session for the International Olympic Committee, which is facing separate bid scandals involving 2016 Rio de Janeiro and 2020 Tokyo. The $5.3 billion balanced budget for '24 included no money to be spent from the city's general fund as organizers believe they could cover all costs from corporate sponsorships, ticket sales, broadcast rights and the IOC's contribution.

The cauldron was lit early Wednesday morning at the stadium that was the site of the 1932 and 1984 Olympics. Other venues in the city and nearby like the Staples Center and the Rose Bowl are also planed as sites for events, and the dorms at UCLA are set to be the site of the Olympic Village.

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