The LA Coliseum may be getting ready to host the 2028 Olympic games, as reports of an IOC deal with Paris and Los Angeles emerge for 2024 and 2028.
A deal currently being mulled by the International Olympic Committee could give Paris the Olympics in 2024, while leaving the 2028 games to Los Angeles, according to the Wall Street Journal.
The IOC was expected to make their decision between Paris and Los Angeles for 2024 later this summer, but the deal offers a compromise with both cities emerging with a prize.
As far as USC is concerned, preparing for the 2028 games instead of 2024 would allow for some breathing room as renovations are completed at the Coliseum.
The $270 million renovation beginning this year is expected to be completed ahead of the 2019 season, with the addition of the Scholarship Club Tower and many other improvements.
USC’s construction isn’t the only building taking place near campus over the coming years.
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LAFC’s Banc of California Stadium is slated to be completed next year. On the other side of the Coliseum, construction on the George Lucas Museum of Narrative Art will go through 2021.
That’ll make for a busy few years in Exposition Park.
However, with the LA Olympics shifting to 2028, the chaos of preparing the Coliseum for the Games could be spread out.
On the other hand, a delay on hosting the Olympics likely means a delay on another phase of renovations for the Coliseum.
Because the historic stadium is a key figure in LA’s Olympic bid, USC’s plans for the venue as a football stadium have been limited because of track and field requirements.
If the Trojans plan to address the Sun Deck or the east endzone in front of the Peristyle, they’ll have to wait until after 2028.