LA 2024 Olympic bid venue plan (video)
The updated Los Angeles 2024 Olympic bid venue plan consisting of four main clusters was detailed in a video published Monday.
Some of the more well-known venues include:
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum -- Opening/Closing Ceremonies, Track and Field
Rose Bowl -- Soccer
The Forum -- Gymnastics
Staples Center -- Basketball
Pauley Pavilion -- Judo, Wrestling
Riviera Country Club -- Golf
Santa Monica Beach -- Beach Volleyball
Honda Center -- Volleyball
Galen Center -- Badminton
City Hall -- Cycling (Road), Marathon, Race Walk
Venue questions not answered in the video or in LA 2024’s latest bid file include which “cities across the United States” will host preliminary soccer matches and if the committee will propose venues for potential added sports, such as baseball and softball.
In a 2015 bid book, Dodger Stadium was listed as a baseball and softball venue if the sports were part of the 2024 Olympic program. More recent LA 2024 bid books have not mentioned baseball or softball venues.
Baseball and softball were added to the 2020 Olympic program in August, but are not yet on Olympic programs beyond that. The International Olympic Committee’s Agenda 2020 allows organizing committees to propose adding sports for their Games, which is what Tokyo 2020 did to get baseball, softball, skateboarding, surfing, sport climbing and karate onto its program.
Also, Staples Center is the only basketball venue listed. LA 2024 bid chairman Casey Wasserman said in 2015 that more, non-Los Angeles venues in California could also host basketball games.
Wasserman made those comments while the LA 2024 bid book also included preliminary basketball games to be held at Pauley Pavilion, but Pauley is now listed hosting judo and wrestling.
Five of the last six Olympic basketball tournaments have been split between two venues.