While much of the world might have been focused on the logo and slogan Los Angeles set forth in its quest to become the host city of the 2024 Olympics, sports contractors and suppliers had their eyes on something else: the facilities.
And can you blame them? These are the people, after all, who notice tennis courts, running tracks and sports field complexes from airplanes. Who see them from the freeway and are able to recognize surfaces. Who get a good buzz from seeing people using those facilities.
So for those people, here’s something that will be of interest: the map of facilities Los Angeles is proposing for the 2024 Olympics.
The interactive map, which is found on the LA 2024 website, is divided up into several quadrants:
Valley Cluster: This includes the Sepulveda Basin (which will house facilities for equestrian events, canoe/kayak slalom, shooting and modern pentathlon)
Coastal Cluster: This includes the North Athletic Field (field hockey); Pauley Pavilion (indoor volleyball); Los Angeles Tennis Center (water polo); Santa Monica Beach (beach volleyball, open water swimming and triathlon) as well as the Olympic Village (currently planned for the UCLA campus.)
Downtown Cluster: This area will hold the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (opening and closing ceremonies as well as athletics); LAFC Stadium (diving, swimming and synchronized swimming); Galen Center (handball and taekwondo); Los Angeles Convention Center (table tennis, judo, wrestling, boxing, fencing and badminton); Staples Center (basketball); Microsoft Theater (weightlifting); Bunker Hill (archery) and City Hall area (road cycling and marathon race walking). The Downtown Cluster will also be the home of the Olympic family hotels, media village (at USC) and Figueroa Corridor (live site).
South Bay Cluster: This area will hold StubHub Stadium (rugby), StubHub Tennis Center (tennis), StubHub Velo Sports Center (track cycling) and the StubHub Center (BMX).
Other Venues: In addition, there are several other venues for events do not belong in these quadrants; these include Griffith Park (golf); The Forum (rhythmic gymnastics, artistic gymnastics and trampoline gymnastics); Rose Bowl Stadium (soccer); Los Angeles Waterfront (sailing); Lake Casitas (rowing, canoe sprint, kayak sprint); and the Santa Monica Mountains (mountain biking). Universal Studios is also listed.
Paralympic Venues can be found on this map. Interestingly, the map shows both existing and planned infrastructure.
Obviously, L.A. is renovating (and in a few cases, building) its facilities to make the best possible impression at bid time. And if anyone from ASBA is doing this work, we’d love to hear from you! What facilities are you working on? What is being done? What’s the timeline? How did you get involved? Be sure to drop us a line in the comment box. Your story is be very interesting to the membership!