The International Olympic Committee(IOC) coordination commission made its first visit to Los Angeles to inspect the proposed venues for the 2028 Games.
After suspending its activities due to the pandemic, the group met with local organizing officials for three days this week
“We are well positioned for an exceptional event,” LA28 organizing committee president Casey Wasserman said Thursday from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) campus, where the athletes’ village will be set up.
The official was optimistic about the commercial outlook of the games, since there are already several corporate sponsors joining the sporting event and assured that more will be added by the end of the year. “We are in a very strong position. The appetite for the return of the Games to this country is very strong,” said Wasserman.
In addition, he reported that the IOC has invested $160 million to make sports more accessible to young people across the city.
Proposed LA28 venues
The commission visited several venues in the city, including the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, which will be the world’s first three-time Olympic venue (1932 and 1984), as well as the new SoFi Stadium, home of the NFL’s Rams and Chargers, near Inglewood.
“The venues to be used are a mix of the historic venues used for the 1932 and 1984 Olympics and, of course, we have modern world-class venues that have been built since the Games were held in 1984,” said commission chair Nicole Hoevertsz.
The Intuit Dome, the future home of the NBA’s Clippers, will be another venue and will be operational by the time of the inauguration, as the facility, located near SoFI Stadium, will be ready in 2024.
The 2028 Olympics will be held July 14-30, followed by the Paralympics Aug. 15-27, drawing some 10,000 athletes, while the Paralympics will host 5,000.