June 14, 2017
Equestrian venues at the final candidate cities of Los Angeles and Paris for the 2024 and 2028 Olympic Games represent different worlds–a centuries’ old royal palace as part of a multi-billion dollar project or a temporary venue on a golf course in what could be the most cost-effective modern Olympics.
The International Olympic Committee next September will award both the 2024 and 2028 Games on the assumption that the city not selected for 2024 will get the Games in 2028. The IOC has already included dressage, eventing and jumping on the schedule for 2024 but has not yet decided the sports lineup for 2028.
The equestrian venue in Los Angeles will be temporary, accommodating a total of 200 competition horses–60 for dressage–on the Woodley Golf Course in Sepulveda Basin Recreation Area, along with archery, shooting, modern pentathlon and canoe slalom.
LA2024 organizers describe the venue as having a “stunning sports backdrop of the Santa Monica Mountains.”
The competition venue would be a straight shot of 10 miles/16 km down the 405 Interstate highway to the athletes’ village at the University of California Los Angeles campus, a long established community with abundant long abundant trees, shrubs and green space as well as extensive sports and recreation facilities.