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Which LA Neighborhoods Would Be Affected By 2024 Olympics Opening Ceremonies?

Los Angeles is going all-in on its attempt to host the 2024 Summer Olympics. Since the city has hosted the monumental event before, they know that you have to pull out all the stops in order to convince the International Olympic Committee that they should choose them over Paris and Budapest. According to plans revealed Monday, their notion for the opening ceremonies is meant to do just that.

The Los Angeles Times reports that the idea LA's bid committee will present includes "simultaneous, linked ceremonies that begin at one venue and conclude at the other."

The opening ceremony would begin in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Exposition Park, where a runner would carry the Olympic torch around the stadium before embarking on an almost seven-mile journey that would take them all the way to Inglewood. There, the crowd inside LA Stadium at Hollywood Park, the stadium currently being built for the NFL's Rams and Chargers teams, would be witness to the athlete parade and the eventual lighting of the cauldron. Meanwhile, the attendees at the Coliseum would get to watch musical performances as well as the end of the ceremony via "all of our city’s Hollywood storytelling and technology.” The iconic torch at the Coliseum would also be lit simultaneously as the one in Inglewood. 

Not only will both of those neighborhoods be affected by the ceremony (not to mention the Olympic Games themselves), but the neighborhoods between them (Vermont Harbor, Windsor Hills, Chesterfield Square) are sure to feel the effects as well. 

The proposal also notes that seventeen days later, when the games conclude, the entire process would happen in reverse for the closing ceremonies. Beginning in Inglewood, the 2024 Olympics would officially end in Exposition Park with the extinguishing of the city's original Olympic flame. 


L.A. organizers propose linked, simultaneous Olympic ceremonies for Coliseum, Inglewood stadium [LA Times]


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