LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — The city of Los Angeles is on a short-list of four finalists to potentially host the 2024 Summer Olympic Games, officials announced Friday.
San Francisco, Boston and Washington, D.C., landed the other three spots on the United States Olympic Committee list of potential bidders for the game following its board of directors meeting earlier this week outside Boston.
If Los Angeles is chosen to make the U.S. bid, and is ultimately chosen as host, it would become the first American city to host the Games three times, tying it with London as the only worldwide city to do so. LA hosted the Summer Olympics in 1932 and 1984.
No U.S. city has hosted the Olympics since Atlanta in 1996.
Mayor Eric Garcetti hailed the Committee’s decision, saying in a statement: “Los Angeles is the ideal Olympic city, with endless diversity, attractions and scenic beauty I look forward to working with the USOC to ensure we present the strongest possible bid for our nation.”
The cost of hosting an Olympic Games could exceed $3 billion, USOC Chief Executive Officer Scott Blackmun said last year when the organization sent out feelers to mayors of 35 U.S. cities considered potential hosts.
Host cities are required to have ample resources to provide at least 45,000 hotel rooms, an Olympic Village with rooms for 16,500 people and a 5,000-person capacity dining area, space for 15,000 media and broadcast representatives, an international airport able to handle thousands of international travelers per day, public
transportation to venues and roadway closures.
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