LA 2024 announced its proposed locations for archery, modern pentathlon and mountain biking, completing a full set of existing, planned or temporary venues with no permanent venue construction required.
The venues announced today underline LA 2024’s philosophy of creating a high-tech, low-risk “no surprises” Games Plan which guarantees a world-class field of play and stunning settings for every sport. Archery will take place in the extraordinary surroundings of the new, state-of-the-art LA Stadium and Entertainment District at Hollywood Park. Mountain biking will be hosted at the spectacular Frank G. Bonelli Regional Park in San Dimas, and modern pentathlon is to be staged at the multi-use StubHub Center in the LA 2024 South Bay Sports Park. All three locations were chosen following extensive consultation and collaboration with their respective International Federations and National Governing Bodies, as well as experienced venue owners and operators.
LA 2024’s concept continues the recent tradition of hosting archery competition at one of the city’s key Olympic focal points, the man-made lake in the state-of-the-art LA Stadium and Entertainment District at Hollywood Park. The LA Stadium is soon to be the home of the NFL’s Rams and Chargers, and is also the proposed venue for the LA 2024 Opening and Closing Ceremony celebrations, while gymnastics will be staged at the adjacent Forum. LA 2024’s plan incorporates Hollywood Park’s attractive water features and landscaping, as well as the innovative LA Stadium, into an archery venue that equals recent Games’ iconic backdrops and sets new standards for field of play quality.
Modern pentathlon will be part of an exciting multi-sport atmosphere at the LA 2024 South Bay Sports Park, alongside rugby, tennis, field hockey and track cycling. The area will be enhanced by a live celebration site, sport activation zones, sponsor showcases and multiple food and drink options, creating a holistic Olympic festival atmosphere. Crucially, the StubHub Center delivers on the key objective of staging all five modern pentathlon disciplines within a single stadium. StubHub Center is also LA 2024’s proposed Rugby venue during the first week of the Games, and will host Modern Pentathalon during the second week.
The Los Angeles area has a wealth of excellent mountain biking trails, and the LA 2024 team tested a variety of locations that could combine an Olympic-standard athlete experience with great spectator viewing and breathtaking television images. The Frank G. Bonelli Regional Park was identified as the ideal location, with its proven record of hosting international mountain bike competitions, as well as an idyllic reservoir and mountain landscape which reflects the best of Los Angeles’ natural beauty. Investment in venue upgrades will ensure not just an unforgettable Olympic competition but also allow for the hosting of future World Cup races as part of LA 2024’s Olympic legacy.
The cities still in the running for the 2024 games, as of the writing of this post, are:
- Los Angeles, USA
- Rome, Italy
- Paris, France
- Budapest, Hungary
- Hamburg, Germany
The host city will be selected on September 13, 2017 by the International Olympic Committee in Lima, Peru.
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