Last update: March 7th
One hundred years after the last Games held in Paris, the capital is once again embarking on the Olympic adventure and embracing innovation.
Designated host city for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Summer Games, Paris is already preparing to welcome the world's largest sporting event. 10,500 athletes from more than 206 countries will come to take part in the biggest international multi-sport competition. 9.7 million spectators and 4 billion television viewers are expected for the Games of the XXXIII Olympiad, from 26 July to 11 August and the XVII Paralympiad, from 28 August to 8 September.
Among the sporting events, there will be new Olympic disciplines: breakdance, skateboarding, surfing, and climbing! As for the sports teams, the Paris Olympic Games will be the first to respect parity with as many women as men registered.
Finally, the 2024 Olympic Games are preparing a surprise …
A spectacular Opening Ceremony!
26 July, save the date. The Opening Ceremony, the highlight of every Olympic Games, will take place in Paris … on the Seine!
Sustainable and environmentally friendly Games
Paris has a large number of infrastructures and facilities that can be used as venues for the Olympics. By making use of 95% of existing or temporary sites, Paris 2024 seeks to make the legacy of the Olympic Games a priority and halve its greenhouse gas emissions. The capital's most iconic sites will be turned into sporting venues to serve as impressive settings for the events.
So, Paris 2024 has set up the ‘Comité pour la Transformation Ecologique des Jeux’ (Ecological Transformation of the Games'), composed of 9 recognized experts to assist in the implementation of the climate and environmental strategy.
Paris, alive with the Olympic spirit
All the players in Parisian tourism are acting to make this global event a success. The occasion to showcase their know-how and expertise, which they will be able to demonstrate in 2023 for the Rugby World Cup. The 2024 OG will be an exceptional showcase to make the French capital a reference in terms of quality of welcome, visitor experience and the organization of major events.
A unique platform for the planning of your events
BienVenue 2024, a joint platform by Paris City Hall and the Paris Convention and Visitors Bureau, is designed to make it easier to plan corporate events during the Olympic Games by providing international stakeholders with a website showcasing the most outstanding Parisian venues. The website facilitates dialogue and the establishment of contacts with professionals. Some City of Paris venues will be available for private hire for the first time along with those of Parisian tourism professionals.
The Olympic venues are located in Central Paris and Greater Paris, in which a number of Parisian venues will be able to welcome visitors arriving from all over the world to celebrate sport and its values.
In addition to the Opening Ceremony on the Seine, all the capital’s iconic places will be used for the Games. There will be archery on the Esplanade des Invalides, beach volleyball on the Champs de Mars, and cycling on the Champs-Élysées. Whilst the Eiffel Tower will be the backdrop for beach volleyball, the Point d’Iéna will be the starting point for the swimming in open water, the marathon and the para triathlon events. The Grand Palais will host fencing and taekwondo and the Grand Palais éphémère on the Champ-de-mars will be the stage for wrestlers and other judokas. Finally, the Place de la Concorde will be transformed into an arena for new urban disciplines skateboarding, BMX freestyle, breakdance and basketball (3x3).
In the North-East of Paris, where the Olympic and Paralympic Village will be located, the Stade de France will once again be the scene of key events (athletics, rugby …); also at Saint-Denis, the Centre Aquatique will play host to synchronized swimmers, divers, and water polo teams (preliminary stages). The other aquatic events (rowing, canoeing ...) will be held at the water sports centre Vaires-sur-Marne.
The West of Paris will host other competitions, such as equestrian sports at the Palace of Versailles, swimming at La Défense Arena, tennis and boxing at the Stade Roland-Garros, field hockey at the Stade Yves du Manoir at Colombes, and finally, football at the famous Parc des Princes stadium.