Updated 2024 Olympics plan includes more OC and Long Beach venues

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The Los Angeles' Olympic bid committee released new details Thursday about additional venues where specific sports would be played if Los Angeles is awarded the 2024 Games next year.

The updated plan offers a clearer picture of how the 2024 bid committee envisions using Southern California's many existing stadiums and arenas, including venues in Long Beach and Orange County. They include:

  • The Honda Center in Anaheim – where the NHL Ducks play – would host indoor volleyball. Beach volleyball, which has become more popular than indoor, would still be played on the Santa Monica beach. Previously, indoor volleyball was going to be played at UCLA’s Pauley Pavillion, which now will be home to wresting and judo.

  • Handball would be played at the Long Beach Sports Park, while BMX and water polo, marathon swimming, and the triathlon would take place along the Long Beach Waterfront. The Long Beach Belmont Pier would host sailing.

  • The posh Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades – which has hosted the US Open, two PGA Championships, and the PGA Tour’s annual tournament in Los Angeles – would get golf. 

With Rome likely out, LA stays focused on its bid

The news of additional venues for 2024 comes right after Rome’s Mayor, Virginia Raggi, effectively ended that city’s bid, saying it would be financially irresponsible to continue. LA 2024 Chairman, Casey Wasserman told reporters Thursday that he took no joy in losing a competitor.

"We had wonderful interactions with the leaders of the Rome bid committee," said Wasserman. "I don't think we're in a position to comment on anyone else's bid."

Like any good coach, Wasserman said LA 2024 is only going to focus on its own game plan – keeping costs down.

“Our bid has maintained our approach in terms of fiscal responsibility and being as sustainable in every way that’s possible, and that has nothing to do with any other city,” said Wasserman.

He has another year of campaigning before international organizers make their final selection next September. It's now a three-way race between Los Angeles, Paris and Budapest.

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