A very unique LA Memorial Coliseum 2024 Olympics design would use a temporary athletics deck above the playing field, allowing the facility to host track and field events.
The LA Coliseum is already slated for a makeover by USC for the 2018 NCAA football season, as the $270-million project will upgrade the fan experience with new seating, increased leg room and a new structure on the south side of the iconic stadium featuring suites, club seat, a new press box and loge boxes.
The Coliseum would be part of a Downtown Cluster of Olympic venues that would include Dedeaux Field, the Staples Center, Galen Center, Microsoft Theater and a new LA FC stadium to be built on the site of the old Sports Arena.
LA 2024’s aquatics venue was earlier proposed for the new LA FC stadium, which will now be used for Olympic soccer matches. As part of its planning process and in consultation with international sports federations, LA 2024 will continue to consider venue adjustments prior to submitting its final deliverable to the IOC in February 2017.
That effort would be augmented by further changes to the 93-year-old facility for LA Memorial Coliseum 2024 Olympics events. The stadium opened in June 1923 and hosted Summer Olympics ceremonies and events in 1932 and 1984. According to LA2024 organizers, warm-up and operations facilities will be housed under the temporary athletics deck, offering convenience for athletes and operational efficiency. The track surface will be removed and the stadium will be returned to USC shortly after the Paralympic Games Closing Ceremony, reducing costs to LA 2024 and minimizing disruption to the collegiate football season. The LA Memorial Coliseum 2024 Olympics design comes from Los Angeles-based architecture and engineering firm AECOM.
“Our goal with all of our venue choices has been first and foremost to deliver an excellent field of play and the perfect conditions for the athletic performances of a lifetime,” said LA 2024 Chairman Casey Wasserman. “After that, we have tried to create an interesting blend of ultra-modern venues and upgraded iconic sites. We are extremely grateful for the feedback we have received from all of the international sports federations. Their insight has been invaluable in helping us optimize our venue configuration, and every adjustment we have made has been a significant upgrade. LA 2024 is now better placed than ever to deliver the ultimate personalized experience for athletes and every stakeholder of the Olympic Family.”