Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and a 25-member delegation went to Rio de Janeiro’s 2016 Summer Olympics to campaign for hosting the 2024 Olympics. LA24, the organization spearheading Los Angeles’s push for the 2024 Olympic games, is making a case for beating out the competition — Paris, Rome, and Budapest.
LA24’s plan claims the city is well equipped to host such a complex international event because of its ideal weather, diverse landscape, multicultural population, and excellent facilities. All of the venues that LA24 has proposed for use in the games exist already or will be complete long before 2024.
Another part of LA’s claim that it can produce a successful event is that the City would not build Olympic-specific infrastructure. While projects currently in the works could enhance LA’s candidacy, these projects are being done for the City. Holding the games will be an added bonus.
LA24 also wants to learn from any infrastructure troubles Brazil has encountered and issues other host cities have experienced in past games. Another locally held Games could provide a boost for local economic development, especially if infrastructure and facilities are built to last and be reused and if other concerns, such as security, are appropriately addressed.
Written by Brett Poirier, an Analyst at RSG