POSTED: September 22nd 2016

LA 2024 improves Olympic Games Plan with additional world-class venues

Long Beach Sports Park © LA 2024
Long Beach Sports Park © LA 2024

Honda Center in Anaheim © LA 2024
Honda Center in Anaheim © LA 2024

Riviera Country Club in LA © LA 2024
Riviera Country Club in LA © LA 2024

MARISSA FLANDERS (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The Los Angeles (LA) 2024 Bid Committee has announced the addition of world-class venues to enhance its innovative and fiscally responsible Games Plan. The new additions include the Riviera Country Club in LA; Honda Center in Anaheim; and Long Beach's Arena, Convention Center, Waterfront, and Pier. These new venues have been added after months of consultations with the local communities and international sports federations.

"We're very pleased to add more world-class existing venues to our fiscally responsible and innovative Games Plan for 2024. By relying on Southern California's wealth of top sports, housing, and transportation infrastructure, LA 2024 will minimize construction risk, operational struggles, and costs, and can focus on providing athletes with the perfect stage to perform their best, without distraction," expressed LA 2024 Chairman, Casey Wasserman.

Men's and women's Golf will take place at the Riviera Country Club in LA where athletes will play at a George Thomas-designed course. The Club has been host to many prestigious tournaments and been home to various PGA professionals and legends.

The Riviera Country Club Corporate Officer, Michael R. Yamaki stated, "We are honored and thrilled to be selected by LA 2024 for the opportunity to host the world's greatest golfers. The Riviera has been fortunate to host the US Open, the PGA Championship, the US Senior Open, and in 2017 we will be home to the US Amateur, the USGA's oldest championship. If we are privileged to bring the Olympic and Paralympic Games to Los Angeles in 2024, it will be quite exciting to see many of these same amateurs return to Riviera to compete for gold as professionals."

Now the 18,000-plus seat, Honda Center will host Volleyball. It is located right next to the Anaheim rail station with connections to Downtown LA using regional trains, making the journey over 40 minutes between. It will take 55 minutes to drive to the UCLA's Olympic and Paralympic Villages.

Furthermore, Handball will be held at the Long Beach Sports Park's Arena, which offers 13,000 seats and received $10 million (USD) upgrades recently, along with warm-up facilities and production space at the connected 224,000 square foot Convention Center. Many other events are slated to be held in the area. The Park is next to two LA Metro Blue Line stations that connect to downtown. This makes a trip to the Villages only 40 minutes.

Now UCLA's Pauley Pavilion will house Wrestling and Judo. Also, the indoor facility housed 13,800 seats and underwent recent renovations for $136 million (USD).

With these new additions, LA 2024 has improved upon its Games Plan that engages more communities across the region, while also immersing attendees in iconic sites, breathtaking LA beauty, and rich culture. LA 2024 aims to bring a new Games to a new era. They invite the world to Follow the Sun.

** 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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