POSTED: March 23rd 2017

Southern California sports spectacular gives boost to LA 2024

BNP Paribas Open © LA 2024
BNP Paribas Open © LA 2024

MARISSA FLANDERS (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) Southern California's Olympic and Paralympic hosting credentials received a boost after a week of successful hosting of events that included the Absolute Fencing Gear FIE Fencing Grand Prix Tournament, Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon, BNP Paribas Open, and World Baseball Classic.

The foil Grand Prix tournament was the first to be held in the United States (US) in over three decades. This year's tournament took place March 18-19 with over 30 countries participating at the Long Beach Convention Center. The venue is located at the heart of the proposed Long Beach Sports Park for the LA 2024 Games.

In addition, the Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon attracted more than 24,000 athletes from over 63 countries and all 50 US States. The course showcased various iconic attractions of LA such as Santa Monica beach, Hollywood Walk of Fame, Walt Disney Concert, and Dodger Stadium. Participants were supported by hundreds of thousands of spectators who had gathered on the streets, showing the city's passion for live sport. Also on hand were volunteers from LA 2024's Volunteer Service Program.

"On behalf of LA 2024, I would like to congratulate the organizers of this week's world-class sporting events for their smooth and successful operation. We are fortunate to host global, state-of-the-art events like these on a regular basis in Los Angeles. Our wealth of existing infrastructure, like the Long Beach Convention Center, will allow LA 2024 to spend the seven years leading up to the Games working to deliver the most innovative and personalized Games experience in history, not worrying about construction deadlines or ballooning budgets," expressed LA 2024 Chair and Director of Athlete Relations, Janet Evans.

Furthermore, the BNP Paribas Open drew over 400,000 spectators and saw capacity crowds at Stadium 1, which is the second largest stadium in the world. Lastly, Dodger Stadium hosted the semifinals and finals of the World Baseball Classic where a spirited crowd of 51,565 cheered on the US who went on to win the tournament. Once again proving the passion the city has for sporting events and how they are ready to support them.

Evans added, "Angelenos live and breathe sport, because sport has the power to unite us and inspire us to reach for goals we once thought impossible. This week was a reminder that the Olympic and Paralympic values really are in our city's DNA and further proof that we are ready to warmly welcome the world in 2024. Both events provided snapshots of the festival atmosphere that athletes, fans and members of the Olympic family can expect in 2024."

Los Angeles (LA) 2024 further proved the city's vast experience with hosting global sporting events successfully on a regular basis. This past week has shown how the city can provide outstanding conditions for elite performance while operating events smoothly and effectively. LA 2024 is ready to host the Olympic and Paralympic Games as proven by the successful week of event hosting. This is the right time for the City of Angels.

** 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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