Los Angeles Reaches Deal To Host 2028 Summer Olympics
UPDATE, JULY 31, 6:30 P.M. PT: The mayor and LA2024 held a press conference Monday about hosting the 2028 Summer Olympics. The story has been updated.
The news broke earlier in the day Monday, but in late afternoon LA Mayor Eric Garcetti and LA2024 confirmed it at a press conference.
Standing in front of a crowd at Carson’s StubHub Center, one of the proposed Olympic venues, Garcetti said it was a history-making day. The city plans to use existing sites for many Olympic venues.
“LA has always been a game-changer and will be again in 2028,” Garcetti said.
Garcetti was flanked by LA2024 President Casey Wasserman, LA City Council President Herb Wesson and other LA2024 officials and athletes.
“Today, we have won the greatest prize of all,” Garcetti said.
Garcetti said the Olympics is more than about hosting the games as the city and its residents will also stand to benefit. Starting next year, money for the games will allow for every child in every ZIP code in LA to have access to sports, according to Garcetti.
The deal with the IOC includes at least $1.8B from the organization to LA2024 with advance payments of $180M for the extra four years of planning, according to the New York Times. The deal includes advance payment of $160M for youth sports programs, rather than waiting until after the games as is typical.
“That’s something worth fighting for,” he said.
If approved by both sides, the Olympics agreement is expected to be ratified by the IOC on Sept. 13 in Lima, Peru, LA2024 bid Chairman Casey Wasserman said. It also includes the IOC handing over its usual 20% share of any surplus revenue from the games to the local committee.
The deal will mark the third time the games will be held in LA. The city hosted in 1932 and 1984.