NOVEMBER 30, 2017
Mayor Eric Garcetti, who chairs the Metro Board, led a preliminary discussion during today’s meeting about a new initiative he has championed, Twenty-Eight by ‘28. The purpose of the initiative is to leverage dollars from Measure M — the largest local infrastructure measure in U.S. history — to complete and accelerate 28 new transportation projects across the region in time for the 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The Board is expected to consider and vote on the plan early next year.
Mayor Garcetti issued the following statement on the introduction of the initiative:
“Winning the 2028 Olympic Games gives us the chance to re-imagine Los Angeles, and ask ourselves what legacy we will create for generations to come. Twenty-Eight by ’28 will help us frame the progress we’re striving to make in the years leading up to the Games. This initiative is our opportunity to harness the unifying power of the Olympic Movement to transform our transportation future.” — Mayor Eric Garcetti
“Congratulations to Paris 2024 and Los Angeles 2028! This historic double allocation is a ‘win-win-win’ situation for the city of Paris, the city of Los Angeles and the IOC.”
“It is hard to imagine something better. Ensuring the stability of the Olympic Games for the athletes of the world for the next 11 years is something extraordinary.”
“These are two great cities from two great countries with a great Olympic history. Both cities are very enthusiastic about the Games and are promoting the Olympic spirit in a fantastic way.”
IPC President Andrew Parsons said:
“I am greatly excited at what Paris 2024 and LA 2028 can do in terms of growing the Paralympic Movement and would like to send my heartfelt congratulations to both cities.”
“Both Paris and LA presented tremendous integrated bids and what I like about each host city is that they offer different opportunities for the Paralympic Movement.”
“Paris 2024 has a very strong desire to surpass London 2012 and stage the best Paralympic Games in history. Looking at what they presented here in Lima I really believe they can do it, however the benchmark will likely be raised by Tokyo in three years’ time. The Paris 2024 Paralympic Games will undoubtedly lead to social transformation and most certainly will make France an even stronger and more competitive player in Paralympic sport, especially with the development of France’s first Paralympic youth training centre.”
“With 11 years still to go until the LA 2028 Paralympics we have to go all out to ensure that these are the Games where the Paralympic Movement finally makes a breakthrough in the USA. This is a huge opportunity for us to engage the US market in terms of awareness, spectator numbers, TV viewership, commercial support and participation; it is an opportunity that we have to grasp with both hands.”
LA Mayor Eric Garcetti said:
“We know that the Olympics in Los Angeles in 2028 represent continuity with our city and this movement’s enduring values. Los Angeles reflects the face of America’s future, and the heart of American values of inclusiveness, of generosity and of unity.”
Tony Estanguet, Co-Chair of Paris 2024, said:
“This day, Sept. 13th, will be remembered for our two teams and for the IOC. Now let’s open, together, a new chapter of Olympic history.”
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said: “Today we take a major step toward bringing the Games back to our city for the first time in a generation and begin a new chapter in Los Angeles’ timeless Olympic story.”
Casey Wasserman, chairman of the bid committee, said: “This opportunity is unprecedented. From every vantage point – sports, infrastructure, social programs, finance – it is a big win for Los Angeles.”
IOC President Thomas Bach said: “The IOC welcomes this decision of the Los Angeles Olympic and Paralympic Candidature Committee. and we are pleased to release the Host City contract 2028 in a transparent and timely manner.”
Sir Philip Craven, IPC President, said: “The whole Paralympic Movement welcomes the decision by Los Angeles to put themselves forward to host the 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games.”
Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris, said: “Paris and Los Angeles are two amazing global cities that are united in their support of the Olympic cause and we stand together now to help the Games thrive in 2024 and 2028.”
Tony Estanguet, Co-Chair of Paris 2024, said: “Paris 2024 is proud to be working together with the IOC and our friends in Los Angeles to reach a positive solution for both cities, the Games and the whole Olympic Movement for 2024 and 2028.”
Press release by the International Olympic Committee:
Los Angeles Declares Candidature for Olympic Games 2028 – IOC to contribute USD 1.8 billion to the local Organising Committee
In line with Olympic Agenda 2020, the IOC is pleased to release today the Host City Contract 2028 following the declaration of candidature by the Los Angeles Olympic and Paralympic Candidature Committee for the Olympic Games 2028. In it, the IOC stipulates that it will make contributions to the Organising Committee representing an overall estimated value of USD 1.8 billion.
In comparison to the Host City Contract 2024, the IOC is making two major changes: the IOC will advance funds to a Los Angeles Organising Committee in view of the longer planning period and to increase participation and access to youth sports programmes in the City of Los Angeles in the years leading up to the Games.
Reactions on the approved plan for Paris and Los Angeles to be jointly awarded the 2024 and 2028 Olympic Games;
Los Angeles 2024
“This is a proud day for Los Angeles and for the Olympic and Paralympic Movements in America.
We’re thrilles with the IOC’s decision today, which is a major step forward in making LA’s Olympic Dream a reality.
Today, two of the world’s greatest cities, with outstanding but different proposals, stand ready to serve and advance the Olympic and Paralympic movements and their values. We look forward to working with the IOC and Paris in the weeks ahead to turn this golden opportunity into a golden future together.”
Statement by United States Olympic Committee Chief Executive Officer Scott Blackmun:
“Today’s decision by the IOC is historic and welcome. We look forward to working with our partners in LA, our friends in Paris, and the IOC administration to make the dream of bringing the Games back to the United States a reality.”