The 2020/2021 Olympics played out in Tokyo, but in 2028, the Summer Olympics will return to North America, with Los Angeles as the host. Let’s take a look at where the majority of the 2028 Olympics action will occur in LA and when it will take place.
The International Olympic Committee officially added flag football, baseball, softball, lacrosse, squash, and cricket to the program for the Los Angeles 2028 Summer Olympics. Flag football teams will have 12-player rosters and be played on a 50-yard field in a 5-on-5 format.
Flag football will have the NFL‘s full support, with players being encouraged to participate. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said, “It’s a tremendous honor for any athlete to represent their country at the Olympics. We have no doubt that this decision will inspire millions of young people around the world to play this game in the years ahead.”
The NFL is not only allowing, but encouraging active players to participate in Flag Football at the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics 🇺🇸
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Where Are the Summer Olympics in 2028 Taking Place?
The 2028 Summer Olympics will occur in LA, with the featured stadiums of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and SoFi Stadium. SoFi Stadium will host the main opening ceremony, football, and archery. Meanwhile, the previous home of the Los Angeles Rams, the Memorial Coliseum, will host most of the athletics, a secondary opening ceremony, and the main part of the closing ceremony.
Which LA Stadiums Will Host 2028 Summer Olympic Events?
- Anaheim Convention Center | Volleyball
- Angel Stadium | Baseball and Softball
- Banc of California Stadium | Soccer and Athletics (Discus, Javelin, and Hammer)
- Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier | Sailing
- Dedeaux Field (USC) | Swimming, Diving, and Synchronized Swimming
- Dignity Health Sports Park | Rugby, Modern Pentathlon, Tennis, Field Hockey
- Dodger Stadium | Baseball and Softball
- Frank G. Bonelli Regional Park | Mountain Biking
- Galen Center (USC) | Badminton and Karate
- Grand Park | Marathon, Race Walk, Road Cycling
- Honda Center | Volleyball
- LA Convention Center | Basketball, Boxing, Fencing, Taekwondo, Table Tennis, and BMX Freestyle
- LA Memorial Coliseum | Athletics, Opening and Closing ceremony
- Lake Perris | Canoe Sprint and Rowing
- Long Beach Arena | Handball
- Long Beach Waterfront | BMX Racing, Open Water Swimming, Triathlon, Water Polo
- Microsoft Theater | Weightlifting
- Pauley Pavilion (UCLA) | Judo and Wrestling
- Riviera Country Club | Golf
- Rose Bowl | Soccer
- Santa Monica State Beach & Venice Beach | Beach Volleyball, Skateboarding, Surfing, and 3×3 Basketball
- Sepulveda Basin Park | Canoe Slalom, Equestrian, and Shooting
- SoFi Stadium | Archery, Soccer, Opening and Closing Ceremonies
- Staples Center | Basketball
- The Forum | Gymnastics
- VELO Sports Center | Track Cycling and Moden Pentathlon (Fencing)
Other potential venues may be selected to host soccer matches at the 2028 Summer Olympics in LA. One of those is the home of the San Francisco 49ers, Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara.
History of the Summer Olympics in LA
Los Angeles will host their third Summer Olympics during the 2028 Olympic Games. The previous two occurred in 1932 and 1984. LA will become the third city to host the Olympic Games for a third time, joining London and Paris.
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The 2028 Summer Olympics is the fifth Olympics the US is hosting. The other two were in St. Louis in 1904 and Atlanta in 1996. Additionally, it will be the ninth Olympics overall to be held in the US. The Winter Olympics has been held in the US on four occasions: Lake Placid in 1932 and 1980, Squaw Valley in 1960, and Salt Lake City in 2002.
When Do the 2028 Summer Olympics in LA Take Place?
The official dates for the 2028 Summer Olympics in LA are between July 21 and Aug. 6. Those are the dates of the opening and closing ceremonies, but the actual timespan will likely extend beyond that.
Normally, soccer, baseball, and softball all start before the official opening of the games. If some form of American football is included, that may also start before the opening ceremony on July 21.