Los Angeles has an agreement in place to host the 2028 summer Olympics, the first time the summer Olympics are back in the United States since Atlanta in 1996.
LA had originally wanted the 2024 Olympics, but they came to an agreement with Paris and the International Olympic Committee that Paris will host the 2024 games. After the considerable issues in hosting recent Olympic games, such as those in Sochi and Rio de Janeiro, few cities wanted to bid for the Olympics, and the IOC is looking for cities with most the infrastructure already in place.
LA fits the mold perfectly, and will only have to build a few new venues for the event.
Where Los Angeles Football Club comes into the equation is their stadium. Banc of California stadium will be 10 years old at that point, and hopefully still in great condition. Banc of California Stadium is expected to host men’s and women’s soccer games during the 2028 Summer Olympics.
The IOC still has to formally approve the plan, and the Los Angeles City Council reportedly has to also approve it on their end. Perhaps anything can happen, but it sure seems like those approvals will be rubber stamps at this point.
This is a win-win, both for the Olympics and for LAFC. The Olympics will get a great venue that fans from around the world will get to watch Olympic soccer at, and LAFC will get good publicity, and the honor of saying their stadium has hosted Olympic soccer games before. With a lot of time to prepare, I’m sure the folks at LAFC and the LA Olympic committee will have Banc of California stadium in tip-top shape come 2028.
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