POSTED: March 21st 2016
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LA 2024: The city of Los Angeles shortlisted for SportBusiness Ultimate Sports City Award

MARISSA FLANDERS (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The city of Los Angeles (LA) has been shortlisted as one of the cities that could be awarded the title of 2016 SportBusiness Ultimate Sports City. This confirms the city's status as one of the leading sport cities in the world and gives them a significant boost to the city's bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympic Games.

As a city that lives and breathes sport, LA has an extensive portfolio of world class infrastructure and stadiums. The city is home to eight National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division programs and nine professional sports teams. LA is no stranger to hosting major events, which includes hosting seven Super Bowls, two Olympic Games, and various world championships.

With this, LA houses more stadiums, venues, and arenas than any other metropolitan area. In addition, over 10,000 full and part-time jobs in the sport industry are provided for LA-area residents. Moreover, more than 18 million sport tickets are sold yearly in the region. With such a wealth of knowledge, experience, and existing venues LA would be able to deliver the ultimate athlete experience for the 2024 Games if they had the honor of being chosen as the host city.

Since 2006, the 'SportBusiness Ultimate Sports Cities Awards,' have been held biennially, and their rankings of the world's top sports cities are internationally recognized. The SportBusiness Ultimate Sports City of 2016 original list had 150 possible city choices and was narrowed down to 30. Once down to 30, the list was whittled down to 10 by looking over questionnaires submitted by each city. LA's questionnaire was provided by the non-profit organization, LA Sports Council, who provide community development and economic support through the promotion of spectator sports programs in the Orange County and LA areas.

Last week, LA was given the news that they were one of the ten contenders. They have also been shortlisted for other award categories, including Best Public Support and Tourism, Best Venue, Best Legacy. The winners will be revealed during the SportAccord Convention in Lausanne, Switzerland from April 17-22 at the SwissTech Convention Center.

LA Mayor, Eric Garcetti stated, "Angelenos are some of the world's most passionate sport fans, so on behalf of all of us, thank you to SportBusiness for recognizing Los Angeles as a finalist for the 2016 SportBusiness Ultimate Sports City Award. With ideal weather and world-class venues, more than 1000 Olympians and Paralympians choose to call Los Angeles home.  The City of Angels offers a global platform for innovation, creativity, and youth engagement to elevate sports to inspire new audiences. Our city has proven that it is ready to welcome the world for state-of-the-art celebrations of sport, and we hope to have the honor of doing so again in 2024 for the Olympic and Paralympic Games." 

"It is fantastic for Los Angeles to receive this honor and be shortlisted for the 2016 SportBusiness Ultimate Sports City Award. LA and California is always reaffirming its sport hosting credentials from top national events like Super Bowl 50 held this year to international events like the Special Olympics World Games held last year. We have the world class resources combined with an unparalleled passion and enthusiasm for sports to host an unforgettable Olympic and Paralympic Games," expressed LA 2024 Chairman, Casey Wasserman.

Los Angeles Sports Council President, David Simon commented, "On behalf of LA's sporting community, I would like to thank SportBusiness for shortlisting Los Angeles for this prestigious award. 'Los Angeles' is synonymous with sport, and has been fortunate to host some of the world's most important sporting events, including two Olympic Games, seven Super Bowls, and both the men's and women's FIFA World Cup championships. With our world-class facilities, our magnificent weather, and our talented and diverse population, we believe that LA offers the complete package for sports organizers and fans alike."

** 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 www.thepenshockeyshow.com.


Keywords · Los Angeles · LA 2024 · SportBusiness Ultimate Sports City · LA Sports Council · Olympics · Olympic bidding


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