LA to host ’28 Games
Los Angeles leaders reached a deal with Olympic organizers to host the 2028 Summer Olympics. The California city had sought to win the 2024 Games, but ended up agreeing to wait four more years. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said the International Olympic Committee is expected to ratify the agreement in September. Los Angeles last hosted the Summer Olympics in 1984.
Los Angeles reached an agreement Monday with international Olympic leaders that will open the way for the city to host the 2028 Summer Games, while ceding the 2024 Games to rival Paris, officials announced Monday.
The deal would make LA a three-time Olympic city, after hosting the 1932 and 1984 Games.
Mayor Eric Garcetti said it was a “historic day for Los Angeles, for the United States” and the Olympic movement.
The agreement follows a vote earlier this month by the International Olympic Committee to award the 2024 and 2028 Games simultaneously. Paris is the only city left to host the 2024 Games.
The Los Angeles City Council and U.S. Olympic Committee board of directors will consider the agreement for approval in August. If approved, the IOC, LA and Paris may enter a three-part agreement, clearing the way for the IOC to simultaneously award the 2024 Games to Paris, and the 2028 Games to LA. The IOC vote is scheduled for September, in Lima, Peru.
The Paris bid committee issued a statement that it welcomed the announcement in Los Angeles but stopped short of confirming the obvious, that Paris is in line for the 2024 Games.
In embracing what amounted to the second-place prize and an 11-year wait, LA will receive a financial sweetener.
Under the terms of the deal, the IOC will advance funds to the Los Angeles organizing committee to recognize the extended planning period and to increase youth sports programs leading up to the Games. The IOC contribution could exceed $2 billion, according to LA officials. That figure takes into account the estimated value of existing sponsor agreements that would be renewed, as well as potential new marketing deals.
The delay to 2028 opens a host of questions for Los Angeles, which is looking at the prospect of retooling its multibillion-dollar plans for more than a decade into the future. It would face challenges from maintaining public interest to recasting deals for stadiums, arenas and housing that have been in the works for months and even years.
LA and Paris were the last two bids remaining after a tumultuous process that exposed the unwillingness of cities to bear the financial burden of hosting an event that has become synonymous with cost overruns.