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The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum during the closing ceremony of the 1984 Summer Olympics, Los Angeles, 12th August 1984
Earlier this week, city officials said the proposed budget for the Summer Games would be $ 4.1 billion, plus a $ 400 million contingency.
Blackmun revealed results of an internal poll out of the L.A. area from earlier this month that showed 81 percent support for hosting the Olympics. Boston was in the 40s.
“That’s remarkable and very encouraging,” Blackmun said.
The centerpiece of an L.A. Olympics would be the Memorial Coliseum, which was also used in the city’s last two Olympics — in 1932 and 1984. USOC chairman Larry Probst suggested the positive feelings from the successful `84 Games still resonate in Southern California.
“People remember that time,” he said. “It left a great legacy for the city.”
Probst and Blackmun declined to get into details about what issues might hold up a bid from Los Angeles, though they believe the mayor will honor his commitment to sign the host-city contract. That issue became a major sticking point as the Boston bid disintegrated, as the mayor said he didn’t want to put taxpayers on the hook for any potential cost overruns.
Los Angeles would join Rome, Paris, Budapest and Hamburg, Germany in the contest. The winner will be decided in 2017.
The U.S. hasn’t hosted a Summer Olympics since 1996 in Atlanta. At meetings earlier this month, IOC president Thomas Bach said he was expecting the United States to bid.
And if it didn’t?
“I think it would be a lost opportunity,” Blackmun said. “On the summer side, there’s a whole generation of American who haven’t seen the games on American soil. We want to address that, and make sure the games come to the U.S. on a regular basis.”