|LOS ANGELES' BID FOR THE 2012 Olympic Games|
Los Angeles was one of eight U.S. cities which competed for the right to be the U.S. candidate for the 2012 Olympic Games. In 2002, the United States Olympic Committee ultimately chose New York City for the honor; in the international bid competition, the IOC selected London as the 2012 host city, in July 2005.
The bid process began in 1997 when the USOC convened an informational meeting in Philadelphia for interested American cities. The SCCOG represented Los Angeles at the meeting. At the time, the USOC was considering fielding a candidate for the 2008 Olympic Games but upon reflection decided it would be prudent to wait to bid until the conclusion of the then-pending 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City. The USOC announced in 1998 that it would select a candidate city in 2002 for the 2012 Olympic Games.
In addition to Los Angeles and New York, other cities bidding for the U.S. designation were Cincinnati, Dallas, Houston, Orlando, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. It was the first Los Angeles Olympic bid since the 1977 – 78 bid for the Games of 1984. With an emphasis on private financing and existing facilities, the Los Angeles bid was modeled on the successful 1984 Olympic Games.
Although the Games had grown substantially since 1984 (for example, from 21 sports to 28), the SCCOG was able to assemble a bid which proposed minimal construction costs, using existing or temporary facilities for every sport except shooting. Even more remarkable, fully 60% of the proposed facilities were not in existence at the time of the 1984 Games. It turned out that the infrastructure of the Los Angeles area had kept pace with the growth of the Games. This included recently expanded residence halls at UCLA and USC, which were proposed as the Olympic Village sites.
The cost of the four-year Los Angeles Bid effort – approximately $1 million – was less than that of any of the other seven bid cities. All the funds were raised from private sources.