Los Angeles 2024 Olympic Games Would Be Secured By U.S. Secret Service

la2024smallIf Los Angeles wins its bid to host the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2024, the lead security agency will be the U.S. Secret Service, LA 2024 announced Friday as it submitted stage 2 of its bid documents to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in Lausanne.

According to a statement the US Department of Homeland Security will designate the 2024 Games “a National Special Security Event, providing US Secret Service lead responsibility for security.”

A key venue shift was also announced Friday with the relocation of the Main Press Center (MPC) to the University of Southern California (USC) campus alongside the media village.  The MPC will be anchored by USC’s new Annenberg Hall, opened in 2014, and the Ronald Tutor Campus Center, opened in 2010.

The Media Village will a five minute walk from the MPC, according to organizers, and it will be anchored by USC’s new University Village housing development, scheduled to be completed in the fall of 2017.

Earlier documents put the MPC at NBC’s Universal studio lot where the International Broadcast Center will be sited.

Bid Chair Casey Wasserman said “with Part 2 of our Candidature File, LA 2024 continues to align its plans with the strengths of our city.”

“We are eliminating unknowns and ensuring we can deliver what we promise.

LA 2024 CEO Gene Sykes said “we are very excited about being able to offer the media a short walk or shuttle ride between their modern accommodation, state-of-the-art workspaces, and iconic LA 2024 sports venues.”

USC Being Proposed for LA 2024 Media Village (LA 2024 Rendering)

USC Being Proposed for LA 2024 Media Village (LA 2024 Rendering)

“LA 2024’s media offering is another example of the benefits of having critical Games-ready infrastructure in the ground and not on the drawing boards.”

The IOC will evaluate the newly submitted documents and its Executive Board will determine December 6 which cities are able to move forward in the process.  Stage 3 documents are due in February.

The IOC will elect a winner from among LA, Budapest, Paris and Rome on September 13 in Lima, Peru.

About Robert Livingstone

A senior producer and award-winning journalist covering Olympic bid business as founder of GamesBids.com as well as providing freelance support for print and Web publications around the world. Robert Livingstone is a member of the Olympic Journalists Association and the International Society of Olympic Historians.