Rams' move could help Los Angeles bid for 2024 Olympics


The St Louis Rams' relocation to Los Angeles might help the city reel in the 2024 Olympics.

The organizing committee for L.A.'s Olympic push already has its eyes on the Rams' future home in Inglewood, a multibillion-dollar project set to open in 2019. 

The presence of existing world-class venues is arguably the strongest point in LA 2024's bid, and the addition of a state-of-the-art 70,000-seat stadium should only bolster its candidacy.

"The best sports city in America just got better," bid chairman Casey Wasserman said in a release. 

"The wealth of existing and planned infrastructure in the City of Angels means LA 2024 has the luxury of selecting the best choices for the Olympic and Paralympic Games, not building them from scratch. And the new NFL stadium represents an opportunity to add to the array of high-quality venues we already have in our Games Plan."

Early versions of LA 2024's plan had tabbed the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum to host the opening and closing ceremonies and the track and field competition, as it did in 1932 and 1984. 

The stadium's primary tenant, USC, already is planning a multimillion-dollar renovation of the venerable facility in the coming years, and the Rams will play at the Coliseum until their full-time home is ready.

But the availability of an essentially brand-new stadium to host the Games' signature events could provide a significant boost to L.A.'s chances.