The Los Angeles 2024 Olympic bid plans to use both the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and a to-be-built NFL stadium for its Opening Ceremony.
The ceremony would start with a portion of the torch relay at the Coliseum, with the flame making its way to the NFL stadium for the rest of the Opening Ceremony, including the cauldron lighting.
The Coliseum “will be filled with 70,000 spectators for a Hollywood-produced program of live entertainment, top musical performances and a live viewing and virtual-reality experience of all ceremony events at the L.A. [NFL] stadium at Hollywood Park,” according to an LA 2024 press release.
The Closing Ceremony will be similar, but in reverse, with the Coliseum hosting the formal portion and the NFL stadium opening for a live viewing experience.
The Coliseum hosted the ceremonies in 1932 and 1984, the previous two times Los Angeles hosted the Olympics.
Opening Ceremonies generally have one venue, though a cauldron has been lit outside the venue, such as at Vancouver 2010 and Rio 2016.
Los Angeles is bidding against Budapest and Paris for the 2024 Olympics.
International Olympic Committee members will vote to choose the 2024 host city on Sept. 13.
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Budapest 2024 released images of its proposed Olympic Park cluster and the swimming and diving venue, which is being built for the 2017 World Championships.
The Olympic Stadium would be on the eastern bank of the Danube River. The swimming and diving venue will be in a different zone.
Budapest faces stiff competition in Los Angeles and Paris for the 2024 Olympics. International Olympic Committee members will vote to choose the host in September.
Hungary owns the most Olympic medals of current nations that have never hosted an Olympics. It has bid for the Olympics several times and was last a finalist in 1960.
Los Angeles and Paris published renderings in 2015 and early 2016.
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Los Angeles 2024 has not decided on its venue for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, bid chairman Casey Wasserman said in an NBC Los Angeles interview that aired Sunday.
In August 2015 and February 2016, LA 2024 Olympic bid documents listed the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum as the proposed venue for ceremonies (in addition to track and field). The Coliseum also held those events at the 1932 and 1984 Olympics.
Los Angeles is bidding against Paris and Budapest for the 2024 Olympics. IOC members will vote to choose the 2024 Olympic host city in September in Lima, Peru. The final bid file submission to the IOC is due Feb. 3, at which point LA 2024 will have to submit its planned ceremonies venue.
Recent reports have said that the Los Angeles Rams’ football stadium in nearby Inglewood, projected to open in 2019, could be a ceremonies venue. That could carry its own set of complications.
“Specific to ceremonies or other things, we haven’t reached a final decision,” Wasserman said in Sunday’s interview. “Obviously, that’s something we have to have an engaged dialogue with, which we’re in the middle of, with both the city and the IOC. There’s lots of give and takes on both fronts. Obviously, by February we’ll make a decision on that.”
Wasserman also said his biggest worry “is that what we’re selling isn’t what [the IOC members] want to buy.”
“We are who we are,” Wasserman said. “We are a young, dynamic city that’s all about the intersection of creativity and innovation. It’s forward-thinking, and we are competing against two very different kind of cities from Europe.”
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