The third time won't be the charm for Los Angeles, at least not in 2024.
The United States Olympic Committee has chosen Boston to represent the U.S. among the finalists bidding for rights to host the 2024 Olympics, beating out Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington.
L.A., which hosted the games in 1984 and 1932, wanted to join London as the only other city to host the Summer Olympics three times.
The USOC said its decision came after "a spirited discussion and more than one round of voting."
Finally, Boston received the unanimous endorsement of the USOC’s board of directors, who met at Denver International Airport.
“We’re excited about our plans to submit a bid for the 2024 Games and feel we have an incredibly strong partner in Boston that will work with us to present a compelling bid,” said USOC Chairman Larry Probst in a written statement. “We’re grateful to the leaders in each of the four cities for their partnership and interest in hosting the most exciting sports competition on earth. The deliberative and collaborative process that we put in place for selecting a city has resulted in a strong U.S. bid that can truly serve the athletes and the Olympic and Paralympic movements.”
The International Olympic Committee will make the final selection for the 2024 games in 2017.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti released a statement congratulating Boston shortly after the official announcement.
"I want to congratulate the City of Boston and hope the Games will be back on American soil in 2024. I'm incredibly proud of the bid we submitted to the USOC and I want to thank Casey Wasserman and the rest of our team."
Garcetti had lobbied for L.A.'s bid and helped make a presentation to the USOC last month.
“I think our bid was the most affordable,” Garcetti told the Los Angeles Times after the hour-long meeting. “L.A. is an Olympic town. We’re wired for the Olympics.”
Here are details on Boston's bid from the Associated Press:
The city's leadership team is spearheaded by construction magnate John Fish — not a flashy name outside of New England, but a well-connected businessman with experience in getting projects done. Boston has a plan that would lean on the cadre of colleges and universities in the metro area. It has some of the best sports tradition in the country, including the internationally renowned Boston Marathon. It also has a history of not delivering well on big projects — see, The Big Dig. Question: How to ensure local harmony when you were the only city that had protesters on site of the USOC meeting where the presentations were made?
A third time around as host in Los Angeles would have been significantly different, according to bid details reported in the Los Angeles Times. The newspaper reported that 80 percent of the events would have been played at venues that did not exist when L.A. hosted the 1984 Olympics or ones that have been significantly upgraded. Other changes proposed in the failed bid:
The San Fernando Valley, which went unrepresented during the 1984 Olympics, would have gotten several sports.
The Games would have been divided into several additional clusters, with a downtown grouping that features Staples Center for gymnastics and basketball, Nokia Theatre for martial arts and USC's Galen Center for yet-to-be-determined sports.
A proposed soccer stadium beside the Coliseum would have been temporarily converted into a swimming venue.
An expanded Convention Center would have housed several sports, much like the popular ExCeL Centre at the 2012 London Olympics.
But it was not to be. Instead, Boston will eagerly await the 2017 final decision.
No Olympic Games have been held on U.S. soil since the 2002 Winter Games in Salt Lake City.