POSTED: May 12th 2017

Olympics: LA 2024 gets a boost from UCLA Athletes' Village

An aerial view of the UCLA Olympic Village plan / LA 2024
An aerial view of the UCLA Olympic Village plan / LA 2024

The UCLA campus is immersed in greenery / SFC
The UCLA campus is immersed in greenery / SFC

An Olympic sign mock up shows what the street signs would look like in 2024 / SFC
An Olympic sign mock up shows what the street signs would look like in 2024 / SFC

LAURA WALDEN in SANTA MONICA / Sports Features Communications 

(SFC) The IOC drove home one point at the end of the venue tours today and that was legacy whether it was via venues from past Games or Olympians. And the plan to hold the Olympic Village in the fully functioning UCLA campus would compound on that as well as the media village in the USC campus. 

The USC campus is currently building brand new spacious housing that would be destined for the Media Village for  2024.

IOC Commission Chairman, Patrick Baumann, said, "These were very impressive. These two beautiful campuses have everything that will be needed for the Games. Whether it is for the media at USC or for the athletes at UCLA. 

"We stayed a long time there because those will be key pieces of the Games here in LA, I am sure that the media will have first rate facilities at USC and the athletes will have great accommodations, great training facilities, and great food at UCLA." 

He noted that in this atmosphere the athletes would be able to fully concentrate on their performances for the Games. 

IOC Executive Games director, Christophe Dubi, added, "I don't know if you visited the UCLA campus today but we all want to go back and study. 

Dubi also complimented the functioning plan of the clusters and how the venues are situated well in the city adding to the hospitality factor of the hosting the Games. The downtown venues are surrounded by restaurants and the venues are long standing points of attraction due to their legacy. 

LA Mayor Eric Garcetti further drove home the fact that since the UCLA campus is totally functional today this allows them seven years to focus on collaborating with the IOC and the needs of the international federations as opposed to spending the time building a village. 

He added that this contributed "mightily" to the hosting of the Games and further commented that there is nothing that Angelenos like more than being hosts and showing off the assets of their city. 

LA 2024 Chairman Casey Wasserman spoke about meeting the IOC's request to keep it simple, "Today's plan wasn't about kids lining the streets, artificially closing roads, no marching bands, no gimmicks they wanted to see the city as it operates."

And that is exactly what the LA 2024 team gave the IOC and the media he said "we covered all four of our sports parks and some of our spectacular state of the art stand-alone venues."

And the sun followed everyone all the way today.

LA is bidding against Paris to host the 2024 Games and the IOC will travel there later today to start their evaluation of the City of Lights in the next days. 

A final decision on who will host the Games will be taken in Lima, Peru at the final session. 

**LAURA WALDEN has over twenty-six years of experience in the Olympic Movement, formerly at the European Olympic Committees with SportEurope under former IOC President Dr. Jacques Rogge and IOC Member Mario Pescante. She worked with the Rome 2004 and Turin 2006 Olympic bids and also managed PR & media for Dr. Jacques Rogge during his campaign for the presidency.

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