POSTED: May 12th 2017

UCLA proposes new housing sites that would add 4,500 additional beds for LA 2024

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MARISSA FLANDERS (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) has proposed building up to five new housing sites on its campus that will add approximately 4,500 beds in its student configuration. This news was welcomed by LA 2024 bid leaders as more available housing will be added to their Games Plan.

The new residence halls will fit perfectly with the existing state-of-the-art facilities. Currently, UCLA can house over 16,000 residents a year. With the new additional housing, UCLA would exceed the required number of beds for LA 2024's proposed Olympic and Paralympic Village.

"On behalf of LA 2024 and as a UCLA alum, I'm enthusiastic about the possibility of additional world-class housing on UCLA's stunning campus. The new housing would benefit students for decades, and reinforce LA 2024's ability to utilize existing facilities to deliver a state-of-the-art Olympic and Paralympic Village. LA 2024 has the unprecedented opportunity to guarantee an outstanding Village experience for all athletes because UCLA's residence and dining halls already serve thousands of students and student-athletes who choose to live and train here year after year," expressed LA 2024 Chairman, Casey Wasserman.

In May, the University of California Board of Regents will consider the proposed new residence halls. The construction will go on regardless of whether LA is awarded the 2024 Games and is slated to be completed by 2021.

UCLA's residential village is located at the heart of its picturesque 419-acre campus. The fully accessible and modern housings sites include stunning hosting and reception centers; expansive athletic facilities; and world-class medical facilities, which are within walking distances from all residential halls. Also, located on the campus is an operational, security, and professional staff structure that assists thousands of guests every year. UCLA maintains its housing facilities with refurbishments happening every seven to eight years, which means that by the time athletes move in for the 2024 Games, the facilities would have undergone at least one round of renovations.

This is the latest example of LA 2024 leveraging planned construction projects that will ensure that a low-risk, sustainable Games takes place while enchanting the integrity of future bidding cities and the Olympic Movement.

Chairman Wasserman concluded, "Thanks to LA's wealth of existing and planned infrastructure, the City of Angels is uniquely positioned to minimize risk for the IOC while delivering spectacular Games that serve the needs of athletes, fans and all members of the Olympic Family."

** 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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