Los Angeles will host the 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games as part of a deal in which Paris will hold the 2024 Games, according to sources familiar with negotiations between the city and the International Olympic Committee.
An agreement between Los Angeles and the IOC come less than a month after the IOC voted unanimously to award two Games in one year for the first time since 1921.
The agreement will be formally announced by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, city council president Herb Wesson, Los Angeles 2024 and U.S. Olympic Committee officials today at 5 p.m. at StubHub Center.
The deal will be approved by the IOC membership on Sept. 13 in Lima, Peru.
The IOC’s unanimous vote in Lausanne on July 11 that guaranteed Los Angeles and Paris the opportunity to host a third Olympic Games was characterized by IOC president Thomas Bach and Garcetti as a “golden opportunity” for both cities and an Olympic movement whose future has been jeopardized by a series of corruption, financial and doping scandals that have scared off potential bid cities, younger viewers and sponsors.
The 2028 Games will follow the same general plans as Los Angeles 2024 officials pitched for the 2024 Games. Those plans were described in an IOC bid evaluation report released earlier this month as “forward-looking, innovative, vibrant, and cool.”
Los Angeles bid to host a third Olympic Games comes revolves four Olympic sports parks—downtown, Long Beach, South Bay, the Valley– and stresses a city re-energized and more diverse since hosting the record-setting 1984 Games as well as both the city’s lengthy Olympic history and its 21st Century vision for the Olympic movement.
The IOC report repeatedly touches on Los Angeles’ the region’s wealth of existing Olympic-caliber venues and the city’s unique place at the intersection of the entertainment and technology industries.
“When discussing the main differentiators of both candidatures, the two words the Evaluation Commission often attributed to LA2024 were ‘dynamic’ and ‘futuristic,’ the report said. “Los Angeles is prepared to put its story-telling skills, creative energy and cutting edge technologies to good use in delivering what it proposes will be a transformative Olympic Games that will thrill and inspire the world, just as some Hollywood masterpieces have done over the generations.”
Ninety-seven percent of Los Angeles proposed venues already exist or would be temporary. The commission wrote…