LA 2024 has set its sights on attracting the largest in-stadium, citywide and TV audiences in Olympic Ceremonies history, with a groundbreaking ceremonies concept featuring both the LA Memorial Coliseum and the NFL’s new LA Stadium at Hollywood Park.
Using two iconic Los Angeles venues, LA 2024 will create a citywide cultural spectacle combining timeless Olympic traditions and cutting edge entertainment, fitting its ambition to create a New Games for a New Era. One venue represents LA's fascination with "what’s next," the other represents the city's unrivaled Olympic legacy. Together, the stadiums will allow the broadest possible public participation and use LA’s creative talent and technology to unite the world and strengthen the Olympic Movement’s connection to the next generation.
On July 19, 2024, LA 2024’s proposed Opening Ceremony will begin with a torch relay down the peristyle of the LA Memorial Coliseum, which will be filled with 70,000 spectators for a Hollywood-produced program of live entertainment, top musical performances and a live viewing and virtual-reality experience of all Ceremony events at the LA Stadium at Hollywood Park. The Torch Relay will proceed past iconic landmarks on the streets of Los Angeles, connecting the city’s diverse neighborhoods, until it reaches the new LA Stadium at Hollywood Park.
Simultaneously, up to 100,000 spectators at the new LA Stadium at Hollywood Park will witness a breathtaking celebration of sport and the Olympic Movement, drawing on LA’s extraordinary capacity as the global hub of entertainment. The LA Stadium at Hollywood Park will stage the formal Opening Ceremony elements, including the Parade of Nations, the Olympic Oaths, the official opening of the Games and the lighting of the Olympic Cauldron.
On August 4, 2024, the LA Memorial Coliseum will host the formal elements of the Closing Ceremony, including the Parade of Athletes, the Olympic Flag Handover and the extinguishing of the cauldron, a fitting location as LA closes the next chapter in its rich Olympic storybook. The new LA Stadium at Hollywood Park will simultaneously host spectators for live viewing and high-tech entertainment.
Starting in 2019, the LA Stadium at Hollywood Park will be the home of the NFL's Rams and Chargers. Construction began in late 2016 for this state-of-the-art enclosed stadium that will hold up to 100,000 fans and will be the most technologically advanced stadium ever built. The NFL has already selected this privately funded stadium to host Super Bowl LV in 2021.
The LA Memorial Coliseum will serve as LA 2024’s track and field venue using a temporary athletics deck. The Coliseum hosted Opening and Closing Ceremonies and track and field for the 1932 and 1984 Games, hosted the NFL’s first Super Bowl and is the current home of the USC Trojans football team and the Rams. The iconic stadium is set to undergo a $270 million renovation funded by USC starting in 2018, which will include upgraded sports, training and media facilities plus brand new hospitality facilities. Visit https://youtu.be/GrPWc_9_a_8 to see the Coliseum transformed for 2024.
US IOC Executive Board Member and LA 2024’s Senior Advisor for Legacy Anita DeFrantz said: "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. Our Ceremonies will capture the imagination of fans across America and around the globe. As an athlete, knowing that the eyes of the world are on you is incredibly inspiring."
LA 2024 CEO Gene Sykes said: "Hosting Olympic Ceremonies across two iconic stadiums has never been done. But LA’s wealth of stadiums and technology mean we can think about 'What’s next?' instead of just asking what has been done before. LA 2024’s Olympic Games Opening Ceremony will captivate more people in Los Angeles, across the United States, and around the world than any Opening Ceremony in history. LA 2024 will ignite a global celebration of sport which, we believe, will do tremendous good for the Olympic brand worldwide."
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said: "LA 2024’s unique dual-stadium Ceremonies concept will enable LA 2024 to honor the shared history of the City of Angels and the Olympic Movement, while simultaneously capitalizing on the world’s most technologically advanced stadium to deliver captivating in-stadium, city-wide and global television events. LA 2024’s Ceremonies offers the best opportunity for Angelenos and visitors to participate in the LA 2024 Ceremonies and welcome the world to Southern California."
LA City Council President Herb Wesson said: "LA 2024's Ceremonies will celebrate the legacy of our wonderful Games in 1932 and 1984, while embracing the world's most advanced stadium and the opportunity to include as many Angelenos at the 2024 Games as possible. LA is a diverse, global city that reflects the face of our world today, so we want LA 2024 to be a global celebration shared by all."
New NFL Stadium and iconic LA Memorial Coliseum set to be the centerpieces of captivating in-stadium, citywide and global television events
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