Opening and closing ceremonies for a 2024 Olympic Games in Los Angeles would be held at both the Memorial Coliseum and the new stadium in Inglewood, if L.A. is the successful bidder, according to the Daily News.
The decision to open and close the Summer Games at two venues offers the best of both worlds—one of L.A.s oldest and most iconic sports venues and the most expensive and technologically advanced stadium ever built located in Inglewood.
“LA 2024’s opening and closing ceremonies concept will bring together our city’s Olympic heritage, our iconic and state-of-the-art venues and our leadership in entertainment, technology and youth culture,” said Anita DeFrantz, International Olympic Committee executive board member and LA 2024 senior adviser.
Officials announced on Monday, plans for a torch relay down the peristyle of the Coliseum as part of a live entertainment event in front of 70,000 spectators. The torch relay would then proceed through Los Angeles’ neighborhoods to the enclosed Inglewood stadium on the former site of the Hollywood Park Racetrack.
“The IOC is positive about our plans,” LA 2024 Chief Executive Officer Gene Sykes said. “And what we’ve talked to them about, I think, they’re very supportive. We’ve been consistently keeping IOC informed about all the things we’re doing.”
The plan was put together through several months of talks between LA 2024 officials and Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson and other council members. By using two venues, LA 2024 more than doubles the number of tickets that would be available to the public at the Coliseum and ticket revenues for the two events.