SBD/Issue 236/Olympics

L.A.’s 2016 Olympics Bid Outlined Publicly For First Time

Southern California Committee for the Olympic Games Chair Barry Sanders provided details for the first time of L.A.’s preliminary plan to host the 2016 Olympics, and said that it “can be done for $150[M] in permanent and temporary construction costs, less than one-fourth Chicago’s projection,” according to Philip Hersh of the CHICAGO TRIBUNE. L.A. “starts with one clear advantage over Chicago and San Francisco: An Olympic Stadium in place,” the L.A. Memorial Coliseum. L.A.’s 2016 plan “calls for one primary Olympic Village, on the campus of either USC or UCLA, rather than the two of 1984; venues in two counties rather than four; and many venues on or near the rail transit system built after 1984.” Soccer preliminaries would be the only events outside L.A. and Orange Counties, and the “most far-flung non-soccer venue” would be the Bren Center at the Univ. of California-Irvine, 40 miles from downtown L.A. The swimming pools “would be temporary facilities in Long Beach, similar to the arrangement at the 2004 Olympic Trials,” while diving “is likely to be at a new, permanent UCLA aquatics facility.” Rowing and canoe-kayak, which were “held 90 miles away at Lake Casitas in 1984, would take place at Long Beach” (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 9/4).

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