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Super Bowl LVI set to mark start of Los Angeles decade of sport with 2028 Olympics the centrepiece

Credit: Inside The Games

By Michael Pavitt

Wednesday, 10 February 21

The 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games is set to be featured prominently at Super Bowl LVI to be played next year at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles. 

The logo for the event, due to take place on February 6, was released by the Los Angeles Super Bowl Host Committee chaired by Casey Wasserman, at a special event headlined by rapper Snoop Dogg. 

Wasserman is also the chairman of Los Angeles 2028 and he unveiled the campaign tagline of "Champions Shine Here" representing, organisers said, the start of a decade of major events hosted in the region.

The centrepiece of the decade will be Los Angeles 2028 with the 70,000-capacity SoFi Stadium hosting the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, as well as archery and football. 

Wasserman revealed the logo was inspired by the Stadium’s design.

"Today more than ever the Super Bowl stands for hope and perseverance," Wasserman said.

"We are proud and excited that Los Angeles will once against host the nation's biggest sporting event, however it's the promise of recovery and opportunity that Super Bowl LVI brings to our City's people and industries that reigns supreme."

Los Angeles hosted the first Super Bowl in 1967 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, which hosted the 1932 and 1984 Olympics and will stage the athletics in 2028. 

The city last welcomed the game in 1993 when it was held at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.

Costing an estimated $5 billion (£4 billion/€4.5 billion), SoFi Stadium opened earlier this year and is home to two National Football League (NFL) teams - the Los Angeles Rams and their tenant, the Los Angeles Chargers.

Both have played at the venue this NFL season, but without fans present due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Los Angeles is officially on the clock! Today, we are proud to unveil the Los Angeles Super Bowl Host Committee logo as we count down to Super Bowl LVI at @SoFiStadium in February 2022. #LASuperBowlHC @NFL @Ramsnfl @Chargers @SnoopDogg

A series of concerts set to officially open SoFi Stadium earlier in the summer, from artists including Taylor Swift, had to be cancelled.

As well as the Super Bowl, the venue is due to host the College Football Playoff National Championship Game in January 2023.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell praised the role of Stan Kroenke, the LA Rams owner, for delivering the stadium and partnering on next year’s Super Bowl.

"Since Los Angeles hosted the first Super Bowl back in 1967, the Super Bowl has become a spectacle larger than the league could have ever imagined," Goodell said.

"The return of the Super Bowl to this region is in large part thanks to Stan Kroenke's commitment to delivering this game-changing project at Hollywood Park.

"We are thrilled to be partnering with the Los Angeles Sports & Entertainment Commission, SoFi Stadium and Hollywood Park, the Los Angeles Rams and the Los Angeles Chargers to bring the nation's biggest sporting event to Los Angeles and Inglewood for Super Bowl LVI."

It has been claimed the Super Bowl could help provide jobs to workers impacted by coronavirus pandemic.

The Los Angeles Host Committee revealed it has extended the deadline for local diverse, and minority-owned businesses to apply to a business connect programme to February 23.

The SoFi Stadium had initially been scheduled to host this year's Super Bowl, but construction delays led to the event being moved to Tampa.

The home team, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, lifted the trophy for the first time with a 31-9 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs. 

The SoFi Stadium could also be used during the 2026 FIFA World Cup, which the US is co-hosting with Canada and Mexico.

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Supercomputers being employed to help ease Los Angeles traffic congestion before 2028 Olympics

Credit:  Inside The Games

By Duncan Mackay

Monday, 1 February 2021

A supercomputer could be used to help ease the levels of traffic in Los Angeles during the build-up to the 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games in the United States city.

A new study published last month by location technology company TomTom revealed that Los Angeles has a congestion level of 27 per cent - the highest in America.

Argonne National Laboratory, a US Department of Energy multidisciplinary science and engineering research centre based in Illinois, is examining traffic data from across the Los Angeles metro region to develop strategies to reduce traffic congestion.

"We want to look at this problem more from a system level," Prasanna Balaprakash, a computer scientist with the Argonne National Laboratory, told the website Government Technology.  

"We want to think of traffic as a complex system, and we are interacting with that system and how we can model that.

"How we can develop predictive models to optimise the various aspects of this complex system."

Super computers at the Argonne Laboratory can take a year’s worth of traffic data gathered from some 11,160 sensors across Southern California, as well as movement data from mobile devices, to build forecasting models.

They can then be applied to simulation projects.

"The idea is to use this data [cell phone movement data] along with the sensor data, because the nice thing about this data is it has a lot more penetration," Balaprakash told Government Technology.

"You can combine the data in different ways and try to build predictive models.

"What we have done is built really large-scale models.

"So that we can take those models, those simulations, and ask, 'What if' questions.

"So, what if we implement this type of policy?

"What if we change the infrastructure here?

"What are the bottlenecks?"

It is hoped that intelligent traffic systems and the adoption of 5G technology will all contribute to easing the traffic problem over the next few years.

Los Angeles officials have been assessing ways to boost public transit and alternative transportation modes to alleviate the pressure on city streets ahead of 2028.

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority in June 2018 released its "Vision 2028" plan, a strategic vision intended to guide the agency's overall strategy to improve mobility.

This includes ensuring equitable access to high-quality modes of transport, improving average bus travel speeds and reducing maximum wait times.

Last year, the Los Angeles Department of Transportation placed the largest order for electric buses ever seen.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti wants the city's bus fleet to produce zero emissions by the time the city hosts the Olympics and Paralympics in 2028.

That pledge was a key component of an Executive Directive he signed - titled "L.A.’s Green New Deal: Leading By Example" - promising a decade of action to fight the climate crisis.

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The problem is that as long as India (the BCCI) does not want cricket in the Olympics there is no chance of it being added. It's comparable to the USA not wanting basketball in the Olympics.

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5 minutes ago, ulu said:

Why wouldn't India want cricket in the Olympics?

Better question.. why does India get to decide whether or not cricket is in the Olympics?  Feels like a pretty bad false equivalency to compare it to anything United States

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Does anyone really think a bid for cricket by the ICC is going to beat out a bid for baseball/softball by the WBSC? Seems like a waste of time by the ICC. Don't know why they don't coordinate their efforts with Brisbane for 2032.

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