As Los Angeles continues to put together its bid for the 2024 Olympics, there’s another report ASBA members might be interested in, this one concerning the possibility of a raised track at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
The idea was first explained in an article in Inside The Games.
The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum has a storied past. It was originally commissioned to serve as a WWI memorial. In 1932, when Los Angeles hosted its first Olympic Games, it provided the venue for opening and closing ceremonies, as well as hockey, gymnastics, showjumping and track & field events. In 1984, it hosted ceremonies, as well as track & field (L.A.’s other sports facilities having been substantially expanded by that time.)
Presently, the venue is undergoing renovation work. It is due to be used as the temporary home of the L.A. Rams until the completion of their new stadium in Inglewood, due to be finished in 2019. After that, it is expected to continue to provide facilities for USC.
The article in Inside The Games explains that presently, there is not sufficient clearance for a track to be built between the edge of the existing football field room and the spectator area; therefore, a raised floor could installed inside the stadium, allowing for adequate track space. Other aspects are currently being considered, such as having a warm-up track underneath the elevated track, or having hydraulic lifts rising up to bring athletes into the stadium. (Note that this is only hypothetical at this point; it is also possible spectator seats could be removed and a new track & field facility put in.)
One thing for sure: drastic measures likely will not be taken without an answer on the location of the 2024 Olympics.
Los Angeles is competing against European rivals Budapest, Paris and Rome to host the Games. A final decision is set to be made by IOC in September of 2017.