POSTED: January 17th 2017

Olympics: LA 2024 plans innovative twin stadium ceremonies concept

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(SFC) The Los Angeles 2024 Olympic bid has come up with a groundbreaking twin stadium concept for ceremonies taking place at both the LA Memorial Coliseum and the NFL's new LA Stadium at Hollywood Park.

Los Angeles is currently bidding against rival cities Paris and Budapest and is looking to amplify audiences with the largest in-stadium, citywide and TV audiences in Olympic Ceremonies history.

"LA 2024's unique dual-stadium Ceremonies concept will enable LA 2024 to honor the shared history of the City of Angels and the Olympic Movement, while simultaneously capitalizing on the world's most technologically advanced stadium to deliver captivating in-stadium, city-wide and global television events," said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. "LA 2024's Ceremonies offers the best opportunity for Angelenos and visitors to participate in the LA 2024 Ceremonies and welcome the world to Southern California."

The plan would be that one venue would look to the future while the other celebrates Los Angeles' intricate Olympic legacy. The proposal is that at the opening of the Games on July 19, 2024 the Torch Relay would run down the peristyle of the LA Memorial Coliseum.

The Coliseum would be filled with 70,000 spectators who would enjoy a Hollywood-produced program of live entertainment, top musical performances while live viewing and virtual-reality experiences of all Ceremony events would take place at the LA Stadium at Hollywood Park.  

Then the Torch relay would make its way to the new LA Stadium at Hollywood Park where around 100,000 spectators would then enjoy the formal Opening Ceremony elements, including the Parade of Nations, the Olympic Oaths, the official opening of the Games and the lighting of the Olympic Cauldron.

American IOC Executive Board Member and LA 2024's Senior Advisor for Legacy Anita DeFrantz explained, "LA 2024's Opening and Closing Ceremonies concept will bring together our city's Olympic heritage, our iconic and state-of-the-art venues and our leadership in entertainment, technology and youth culture. Our Ceremonies will capture the imagination of fans across America and around the globe. As an athlete, knowing that the eyes of the world are on you is incredibly inspiring."

The Closing Ceremony would then take place on August 4, 2024 and the iconic LA Memorial Coliseum will host the formal protocol of the Closing Ceremony, including the Parade of Athletes, the Olympic Flag Handover and the extinguishing of the cauldron. The new LA Stadium at Hollywood Park will be staging live viewing and high-tech entertainment for the spectators there.

The new LA Stadium is slated to be the home of the NFL's Rams and Chargers and is privately funded. Construction began last year on the 100,000 seat venue that is said to be the most technologically advanced ever designed. Already it is set to host Super Bowl LV in 2021.

The landmark LA Memorial Coliseum is projected to get a $270 million face lift funded by USC starting in 2018 and will include upgraded sports, training and media facilities plus brand new hospitality facilities. It was the centerpiece of the 1932 and 1984 Games, hosted the NFL's first Super Bowl and is the current home of the USC Trojans football team and the Rams. 

LA 2024 CEO Gene Sykes concluded saying,  "Hosting Olympic Ceremonies across two iconic stadiums has never been done. But LA's wealth of stadiums and technology mean we can think about 'What's next?' instead of just asking what has been done before. LA 2024's Olympic Games Opening Ceremony will captivate more people in Los Angeles, across the United States, and around the world than any Opening Ceremony in history. 

"LA 2024 will ignite a global celebration of sport which, we believe, will do tremendous good for the Olympic brand worldwide."

The IOC will vote on their final host city for 2024 on September 13th at the Lima, Peru session.

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