POSTED: January 26th 2016

Olympics: Universities UCLA and USC to house LA 2024 Olympic Village and Media Village

USC future rendition of complete Media Village © LA 2024
USC future rendition of complete Media Village © LA 2024

UCLA to house Olympic Village © LA 2024
UCLA to house Olympic Village © LA 2024

MARISSA FLANDERS (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) It has been announced that the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA and the University of Southern California (USC) world-class campus will become Los Angeles 2024's Olympic Village and Media Village respectfully. Both universities are ranked among the nation's top colleges. They both boast excellent athletic facilities, dining, housing, and campus environment.

"I would like to thank these two exemplary, global institutions for their support of our bid to host the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games," said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.  "We have carefully chosen facilities that are sustainable, fiscally responsible and athlete-friendly.  Both universities offer world-class facilities and occupy a special place in our city's rich Olympic history. Today's announcement reaffirms that their Olympic legacy lives on."

"Today's announcement marks a significant milestone in our bid to earn the honor of hosting the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games.  We are fortunate to have the support of two outstanding universities who will help us deliver the ultimate, personalized athlete experience in 2024.  UCLA's state-of-the-art campus and accompanying world-class facilities provide the ideal environment for Olympians to live in and train as they prepare for the greatest competitions of their lives. LA 2024 is honored to have the support of USC to offer the media, officials and other key participants quality accommodations as we look to help the IOC reinvent and reimagine the Olympic experience for everyone," expressed LA 2024 Chairman, Casey Wasserman.

UCLA's state-of-the-art residential facilities will house all eligible athletes and team officials. All of the facilities are either recently renovated or newly built. Everything that the athletes need and could dream of will be right inside the Olympic Village. The athletes will have the convenience of training at world-class training centers without having to leave the Village. Also, the athletes will have access to some of nation's leading medical specialists at the adjacent UCLA Medical Center.

UCLA Chancellor, Gene Block stated, "We are thrilled by the opportunity to once again host the world's athletes at UCLA, just as we did for the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. Our top-flight residential, dining and athletic facilities offer Olympians the perfect setting to prepare for competition and recover afterward. UCLA and the Olympic Movement share the same ideals of athletic excellence and competition, as well as the conviction that international events such as these highlight our common humanity and build bridges of understanding and friendship between disparate nations and peoples. The LA 2024 Villages plan is an exciting choice for Los Angeles and for Bruins and Trojans all across the globe."

In addition, USC will house members of the media, officials, and other stakeholders as LA 2024's Media Village. USC is currently constructing a new 15-acre retail and residential village that will expand their already stunning campus. The USC Media Village will be located in the Downtown Games Cluster, within will put many of the events within walking distance.

"USC takes great pride in its Olympic heritage, and there is tremendous excitement across the entire university community about our role in Los Angeles' 2024 Olympic bid. Just as we did in 1984, USC will play host to a number of high-profile sporting events at our state-of-the-art athletic facilities. In addition, we look forward to housing thousands of international reporters, officials and Games supporters on our University Park Campus. The opportunity to bring the Games to Los Angeles is not just important for our city, but for our nation, and I am confident that the world-class infrastructure - both at USC and at UCLA -  will greatly strengthen the credentials of our bid," commented USC President, C. L. Max Nikias.

UCLA and USC both have rich Olympic histories and have produced many Olympians. Both universities are the perfect addition to LA 2024 and will make a truly unique and memorable Games possible.

** MARISSA FLANDERS is a graduate of Saint Leo University with a Bachelor's Degree in Sport Business. She has over four years of writing experience and has a real passion for ice hockey following the Pittsburgh Penguins on her blog

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