Los Angeles to Host Summer Olympics in 2028

The Summer Olympics will head to Los Angeles in 2028.

The city said it has struck a deal with the International Olympic Committee to host the games. The announcement clears the way for Paris to hold the Olympics in 2024.

The L.A. City Council will hold an ad-hoc meeting on Friday to discuss accepting the deal, said spokeswoman Caolinn Mejza.

The IOC said it will give the Los Angeles organizing committee $1.8 billion as part of the agreement. The incentive package aims in part to “increase participation and access to youth sports programmes in the City of Los Angeles in the years leading up to the Games,” according to an IOC statement.

Earlier this month, the IOC broke with tradition by deciding to award two games at once. It said the 2024 and 2028 games would go to Paris and Los Angeles — it just hadn’t decided which city would get which year.

The decision will be finalized in September.

Paris and Los Angeles were the only competitors left for 2024 after rival cities pulled their bids because of worries over cost.

Hosting a modern Olympics practically guarantees massive debt and cost overruns. Researchers at Oxford’s Saïd Business School estimate the cost overrun for the 2016 Summer Olympics, in Rio de Janeiro, was $1.6 billion.

Officials from Paris and Los Angeles had stressed that their cities already have more than 90% of the facilities they need to host, reducing the additional cost.

In a statement, the team organizing Paris’ 2024 bid said it “welcomes” the news.

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SOURCE: CNN Money, Julia Horowitz