POSTED: September 19th 2016
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The City of LA and the LA 2024 leaders welcome the LA Rams back to the City of Angels

LA Rams played their first home game in the City of Angels at the iconic LA Memorial Coliseum since 1994. © Ric Tapia / LA Rams
LA Rams played their first home game in the City of Angels at the iconic LA Memorial Coliseum since 1994. © Ric Tapia / LA Rams

LA Rams receive a warm welcome from 91,046 passionate Angeleno fans © Ric Tapia / LA Rams
LA Rams receive a warm welcome from 91,046 passionate Angeleno fans © Ric Tapia / LA Rams

LA Rams make their way onto the field © Ric Tapia / LA Rams
LA Rams make their way onto the field © Ric Tapia / LA Rams

MARISSA FLANDERS (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The National Football League's (NFL) Los Angeles (LA) Rams played their first home game in the City of Angels at the iconic LA Memorial Coliseum since they moved to St. Louis in 1994. They received a warm welcome back from fans and LA 2024 Bid Committee.

Before kickoff, Rams legends lit the Coliseum's Olympic Cauldron to showcase the city's Olympic Spirit. The team also honored ten United States Olympians at the Coliseum's famed peristyle including Cobi Jones, Dawn Harper-Nelson, Greg Louganis, and Michael Jonson who are all members of the LA 2024 Athletes' Advisory Commission. 

LA 2024 bid leaders hailed the Rams for their successful and smooth operation of the game before 91,046 passionate Angeleno fans. The overwhelming support showed by the city and fans further proves LA's ability to host major sporting events safely and seamlessly, while providing everyone with a world-class entertainment experience.

"On behalf of LA 2024, I'd like to welcome the Los Angeles Rams back to a city that lives and breathes sport. Today at the iconic LA Memorial Coliseum we witnessed what makes the City of Angels ready to welcome the world for the greatest celebration of sport on the planet - the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Thanks to our ideal, dependable climate, our existing, world-class sporting infrastructure, and our extensive experience hosting large-scale sporting events, LA 2024 is uniquely positioned to deliver a low risk, high tech and sustainable New Games for a new era that provides the best, most personalized athlete experience in history," expressed LA 2024 Chairman, Casey Wasserman.

Now with the addition of the Rams, the greater LA area is home to ten professional sports teams and eight NCAA Division I teams. The city also has an extensive portfolio of world-class sports stadiums and infrastructures. With their wealth of venues and experience in hosting major sports events, they are proving to be an ideal choice for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic host city. 

Furthermore, the Rams will move to a $2.6 billion privately financed and state-of-the-art stadium in 2019. It will seat up to 100,000 spectators and have a transparent roof. It will also contain a 6,000 seat performance venue on the 298-acre property.

While the LA Memorial Coliseum will undergo a $270 million renovation in 2018, which will be funded by the University of Southern California (USC). It will allow LA 2024 to use leading edge fit-out techniques to set new standards in cost-efficient temporary transition. The stadium will be able to easily and quickly transition from football to track and field then back again. LA 2024 will have no worries as they can seamlessly reset the stadium back to football after the Paralympics end without any disruption to the collegiate football season. The renovations will also include a temporary athletics deck for warm-up and operational facilities.

These additions and improves continue to enhance LA's already promising bid for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

** 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.


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