Los Angeles to Host the 2015 Special Olympics

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The decision to hold the 2015 Summer Special Olympic Games in Los Angeles is expected to draw more than 7,000 athletes and 500,000 spectators to the Southland.

And that translates into an economic boost for L.A. County.

The games are expected to generate at least $415 million in economic activity for the county, according to the study by a research firm working for the Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Board.

The nine-day event will take place from July 24 through Aug. 2.

It will be the first time the summer event will be held in the United States since 1999, when they were in Raleigh, N.C.

— L.A. Times/KTLA

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