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December 5, 2022

Paris 2024: Summer Olympic Games

In 2024, for the third time, Paris will host the Summer Olympic Games. Indeed, from July 26 to August 11, the City of Light will organize the world’s largest sporting event. After the 1900 and 1924 editions, Paris 2024 promises many innovations. Really? Let’s see that. First, these will be the first carbon-neutral Olympic Games. In addition, for the first time, the Games will cross the seas to reach the Teahupo’o site in Tahiti. It will host the Olympic surfing competition on one of the most beautiful waves in the world! Sounds good? So, let’s take a closer look at the organization of Paris 2024, the global sporting event that promises to be unforgettable!

Distribution of Paris 2024 Competition Venues

The competition venues highlight the capital’s iconic sites. Existing places are transformed into arenas to merge the sporting gesture and the most beautiful monuments. Imagine that! In total, 15 competition venues for the Olympic Games and 11 for the Paralympic Games. That is 21 Olympic sports (out of 32) and 14 Paralympic sports (out of 22). But the Summer Olympic Games also radiate all around the capital, in the Ile-de-France area. And especially the Seine-Saint-Denis region, which hosts six sports and two Paralympic events. In addition, the Olympic and Paralympic Village, as well as the Media Village, are also located there.

Let’s add that Paris 2024 is also taking place throughout France. Indeed, six stadiums host the football tournament: Bordeaux, Nantes, Lyon, Saint-Etienne, Nice, and Marseille. In addition, all handball matches take place in Lille. Sailing, meanwhile, sails on the Mediterranean in Marseille. And the Olympic Games even go as far as Tahiti for surfing!

Competition Venues in The City Heart

In the heart of Paris, exceptional places host several spectacular competitions. For example, the Grand Palais, an architectural jewel built for the 1900 World’s Fair, houses taekwondo and fencing. The Place de la Concorde serves as an arena for urban sports. Breaking, 3×3 basketball, BMX freestyle, and skateboarding are held in this unique place, steeped in history.

Paris 2024 Grand Palais
Paris Grand Palais.

Also noteworthy is the Esplanade des Invalides, located opposite the majestic Hôtel des Invalides, from 1687. It houses museums as well as the tomb of Napoleon Bonaparte. For the Olympic Games, the Esplanade becomes the scene of archery. And what about the Champ-de-Mars? This garden, located at the foot of the Eiffel Tower, becomes a temporary open-air arena to host beach volleyball. Can you imagine the show?

Paris 2024 archery
the Esplanade des Invalides becomes the scene of archery.

On the other hand, famous sports facilities such as the Parc des Princes, the Roland Garros Stadium, and the Arena Bercy also host competitions. There is, of course, tennis and football, but also boxing, basketball, and trampoline. There are still other places like the Paris Expo complex, which hosts several sports such as volleyball, table tennis, weightlifting, and handball. And also the Arena Porte de la Chapelle for badminton and rhythmic gymnastics. It is a brand new major cultural center designed to host sporting events and daily shows in the north of Paris from 2023. Eco-friendly and adapted to the needs of the district and the city, it is designed well beyond the 2024 Games.

Paris 2024 beach volleyball arena
Beach volleyball arena at the foot of the Eiffel Tower.

Competition Venues Around Paris

The region around Paris hosts several competition venues. And most are in the Seine-Saint-Denis area. One example is the famous Stade de France, which hosts athletics and rugby. And just in front is the Aquatic Centre, for artistic swimming, diving and water polo. Note that it is one of the few permanent infrastructures of Paris 2024. Just like the climbing wall of Le Bourget, further east, in the same region. Let’s not forget the Arena Paris Nord for boxing, fencing, and modern pentathlon. And, apart from Seine-Saint-Denis, Paris La Défense Arena with swimming, and the Yves-du-Manoir stadium, which hosts hockey. In the end, the hardest part is going to be making your choice!

Stade de France
Stade de France, in the Seine-Saint-Denis area.

Accommodation During Paris 2024

If you plan to come to Paris to attend the competitions, choose your place of residence carefully. That will make your life easier during the many trips between your accommodation and the competition venues. For example, the Montmartre district is a strategic place if you plan to attend competitions in Paris and Seine-Saint-Denis. Halfway between the competition sites, this naturally touristic district will offer you an unforgettable stay! And you know what? We wrote you a dedicated post about the Montmarte district. Check it out for more information, or look at our accommodation offers in Montmartre.

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