5 Reasons Southern California is the Perfect Olympic Destination
Now that Los Angeles is officially hosting the 2028 Summer Olympics, you may be wondering how is Southern California able to attract such a prestigious competition for a third time? From seamless transportation to vast accommodation options, the destination is no stranger to hosting millions of travelers.
1. Getting Here is a Breeze
With 500,000 foreign travelers expected to arrive for the Olympics, having a strong network of airports readily available and easily accessible is a destination must! Luckily, Los Angeles and Orange County are home to four major airports: John Wayne, LAX, Long Beach and Ontario. As the fifth busiest airport in the world, LAX takes you to more domestic and international destinations than any other airport in the area.
2. Staying Here Comes with Ease
Fun fact: Los Angeles County and Orange County have more than 156,000 hotel rooms combined! With the 2028 Games nearly 11 years away, this number will certainly grow and travelers will continue to have the ultimate accommodation options to choose from. For example, Anaheim alone already has at least nine new hotels set to open in the next few years adding to its already impressive 153 hotel roster.
3. Competition Venues Designed to Please
Ninety-seven percent of Los Angeles’ proposed venues already exist or would be temporary for the 2028 Summer Olympics. The commission wrote that “with so many world-class sports facilities at its disposal, the Los Angeles venue inventory exceeds Games’ needs.” The region’s wealth of existing Olympic-caliber venues such as Staples Center, Honda Center and the Coliseum, Southern California is a professional athlete’s dream location.
4. Family-Friendly Guarantees
When the happiest place on Earth is less than 30 miles from the host city, that’s a selling point in itself! Not only is Disneyland a popular Southern California attraction, it is an icon worldwide. Don’t believe us? Disneyland was just named the most Instagrammed place in the world, beating out the Eiffel Tower by over 7 million tags! In addition to Walt Disney’s most-celebrated park, Southern California is also home to top attractions like Knott’s Berry Farm, Universal Studios and SeaWorld – making it the ultimate vacation for both attendees and competitors!
5. Olympics Expertise
July 30 marked the 85th anniversary of the opening ceremony of the 10th Olympic Games, which introduced the world to Los Angeles in 1932. Then in 1984, when Los Angeles hosted the Games for a second time, the women’s marathon, rhythmic gymnastics, synchronized swimming and the women’s cycling road race all made their debuts! Now with the Summer Olympics returning to the U.S. for the first time since 1996, the 2028 Los Angeles Games is poised to set the bar high!
In addition to all of the above, the International Olympic Committee feels confident that “Los Angeles is prepared to put its storytelling skills, creative energy and cutting-edge technologies to good use in delivering what it proposes will be a transformative Olympic Games that will thrill and inspire the world, just as some Hollywood masterpieces have done over the generations.”
Cheers to a successful 2028!