POSTED: July 5th 2017

LA 2024: Mayor Garcetti starts 2nd term; Manchester United and Real Madrid sign up for UCLA boosting the Olympic bid

Mayor Eric Garcetti's inauguration at the LA City Hall © LA 2024
Mayor Eric Garcetti's inauguration at the LA City Hall © LA 2024

The UCLA campus where Manchester United and Real Madrid will train © LA 2024
The UCLA campus where Manchester United and Real Madrid will train © LA 2024

LA 2024 sports park rendering © LA 2024
LA 2024 sports park rendering © LA 2024

LAURA WALDEN (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The LA 2024 Olympic bid had a very busy 4th of July weekend starting off with Mayor Eric Garcetti's inauguration for his second term in office at the Los Angeles City Hall.

Los Angeles is bidding against Paris to host the 2024 Summer Games.

Garcetti is a strong backer of the City of Angels bid and won be an 81% vote margin on March 7, 2017.

In his inaugural address he said, "We fight for the Olympics not just to watch its torch blaze a third trail through our city, but because we know that torch will call our children out of their homes and into our parks and our playfields. We know that universal access to sports will make Los Angeles the healthiest city in America. We know that playing a sport may make the difference between a dropout form and a diploma in our children's hands."

The Mayor went on to note LA's investments in new transit lines and housing, raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour, developing the city's first sustainability plan and cutting the unemployment rate in half.

Fencing and table tennis demonstrations were part of the ceremony by the Avant Garde Fencers Club, SilverLake Fencers and California Table Tennis, accompanied by a recording of Angeleno John Williams' famed Olympic Fanfare and Theme.

LA gets support from 191 Southern California cities

The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) comprising six counties, 191 cities and 19 million people, have given their endorsement to the LA 2024 bid representing the region's widespread public and political support. As the nation's largest metropolitan planning organization, SCAG passed a resolution stating that LA 2024's bid aligns with the region's long-term planning goals, ranging from transportation to environmental sustainability. 

LA 2024 CEO Gene Sykes commented, "On behalf of LA 2024, we're grateful for the support from the Southern California Association of Governments. SCAG's support is a testament to LA 2024's sustainable, low-risk, and innovative approach, designed to best fit the plans of our region, not the other way around."   

Manchester United and real Madrid choose UCLA for training base

UCLA is slated to be the Olympic Village should LA 2024 win the vote to host the summer Games and two key soccer teams have chosen to make it their base for the West Coast leg of their pre-season tour to the US, in preparation for the 2017-18 season.

Both major world class soccer teams will be using the same world-class sports, medical, dining and leisure facilities that will be available to Olympians and Paralympians should LA win the IOC nod to host the summer Games.

LA 2024 Chairman Casey Wasserman noted on the announcement, "We're delighted that out of all the possible venues across the US, Manchester United and Real Madrid chose to use LA 2024's Olympic and Paralympic Village at UCLA as their pre-season training base. UCLA is a paradise for elite athletes - it has already produced 420 Olympians from 45 countries. The quality of the campus means LA 2024 can offer the world's athletes a home-from-home with state-of-the-art facilities, while eliminating the risk and billions of dollars in construction inherent in building a facility from scratch. The Olympic and Paralympic Village at UCLA was the logical, responsible and Olympic Agenda 2020-compliant choice for LA 2024." 

UCLA's Athletic Director Dan Guerrero added, "UCLA is extremely proud to be welcoming these two iconic teams and their world-class players to our campus this summer. Sport is an integral part our culture as an institution, and that is why we work tirelessly to offer our athletes and visiting athletes the best possible conditions.

"From sports facilities to health, nutrition and accommodation, UCLA gives athletes everything they need to fulfil their potential. It is fitting that some of today's most famous global sports stars will be testing the facilities for tomorrow's Olympians and Paralympians."

Olympian Janet Evans, LA 2024 Vice Chair and Director of Athlete Relations, reiterated, "The state-of-the-art UCLA training facility is just one of LA 2024's many existing, modern and accessible facilities primed to deliver an athlete experience of unprecedented quality during the Games. It is very exciting that we are hosting these global sports powerhouses during a crucial part of their schedules. We are excited to welcome some of the best athletes in the world to experience our Olympic and Paralympic Village, where our focus is on providing the best possible Games-time experience for the athletes. The sun, scenery and world-class facilities make LA the ideal destination for both clubs' pre-season tours and the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games."

LA 2024 Sports Park Live Site

LA 2024 proposes several Olympic Park plans as four unique Sports Parks in Downtown Los Angeles, the South Bay, the Valley, and Long Beach where fans can soak up the spirit of the Games.

LA 2024 CEO Gene Sykes explained, "In honor of Fourth of July, LA 2024 is highlighting our planned celebration sites for the Games. LA 2024's innovative Sports Park and Live Site model would create an unparalleled fan experience spread across our city, bringing the action closer to more of LA's great neighborhoods. With the latest technology, unique cultural attractions and diverse dining options, LA 2024's celebration sites would allow even more Olympic and Paralympic fans to enjoy the Games."

The Live Sites would feature big screens showing live Games action, Olympic and Paralympic sport showcases, marketing partner activations and numerous dining and retail options. And with the "dynamic ticketing" model fans could have access to tickets as they become available in order to fill stadiums and give fans more options to attend the Games.  

 The IOC will meet in Lausanne next week to discuss the double awarding of the 2024 and 2028 Olympic Games. The Executive Board has put forth the idea after careful consideration by the four IOC Vice-Presidents.

A final vote is set to take place on September 13th in Lima, Peru as to the host of the 2024 Games.   

**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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