Paris 2024: Changes in Venue Concept (October 2018)

Last week, the IOC Executive Board approved an updated venue concept for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. An overview of all changes;


Olympic Aquatics Centre #1 & #2

Image: © The Organising Committee for the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games (Paris 2024)

Both venues are now situated next to the Stade de France in Saint-Denis.

Aquatics Centre #1 (temporary): 50m pool for swimming and water polo (finals). Capacity: 15000 seats.

Aquatics Centre #2 (permanent): 50m + 25m pool for diving, artistic swimming and water polo (preliminaries). Capacity: 5000 seats, 2500 in legacy mode.

Two temporary 50m warm-up pools.


Le Bourget Pavilion

Image: © The Organising Committee for the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games (Paris 2024)

2 pavilions reduced to 1 pavilion.

Badminton moved to Paris Arena II.

Volleyball moved to a new location at Le Bourget.


Paris Arena I

Judo moved to the Temporary Grand Palais.

All basketball sessions moved to Paris Arena I (previously basketball was also planned in the Paris Arena II and the Stade Pierre-de-Coubertin).


Paris Arena II

Location changed from Bercy to Porte de la Chapelle.

New and permanent arena for badminton. Capacity: 7500 seats.

Legacy use: basketball, handball and volleyball.

Wrestling moved to the Temporary Grand Palais, basketball to Paris Arena I.


Temporary Grand Palais

Image: © The Organising Committee for the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games (Paris 2024)

New addition to the Paris 2024 master plan. In the coming years the Grand Palais will be renovated. During the renovation, a temporary structure will be built on the Champ de Mars. It was decided to leave this temporary structure in place so that it can serve as a venue during the Olympic Games.

Venue for judo and wrestling.Capacity: 9000 seats.


Stade Pierre-de-Coubertin

Basketball moved to the Paris Arena I.

This venue is no longer part of the Olympic Games master plan.


Updated venue map


Updated list of venues

Grand Paris ZoneOlympic Village---
Grand Paris ZoneStade de FranceExisting - permanent work requiredAthletics, Ceremonies78000
Grand Paris ZoneOlympic Aquatics Centre #1TemporarySwimming, Water Polo (finals)15000
Grand Paris ZoneOlympic Aquatics Centre #2NewArtistic Swimming, Diving, Water Polo (preliminaries)5000
Grand Paris ZoneLe Bourget PavilionTemporaryVolleyball12000/5000
Grand Paris ZoneLe Bourget Shooting RangeTemporaryShooting3000
Paris Centre ZoneChamp de MarsTemporaryBeach Volleyball12000
Paris Centre ZoneEiffel TowerTemporarySwimming (Marathon), Triathlon, Athletics (Marathon, Race walk)3000/10000
Paris Centre ZoneChamps-ElyseesTemporaryCycling (Road)4000/25000
Paris Centre ZoneGrand PalaisTemporaryFencing, Taekwondo7000
Paris Centre ZoneEsplanade des InvalidesTemporaryArchery8000
Paris Centre ZoneParis Expo – Hall IExisting - no permanent workHandball12000
Paris Centre ZoneParis Expo – Hall IVExisting - no permanent workTable Tennis6000
Paris Centre ZoneParc des PrincesExisting - no permanent workFootball45000
Paris Centre ZoneStade Jean-BouinExisting - no permanent workRugby20000
Paris Centre ZoneRoland-GarrosExisting - permanent work requiredTennis, Boxing15000/10000/5000
Paris Centre ZoneParis Arena IExisting - no permanent workBasketball15000
Paris Centre ZoneParis Arena IIPlannedBadminton7500
Paris Centre ZoneTemporary Grand PalaisTemporaryJudo, Wrestling9000
Paris Centre ZoneIOC Hotels---
Stand aloneArena 92Existing - no permanent workGymnastics17500
Stand aloneStade Yves-du-ManoirExisting - permanent work requiredHockey15000
Stand aloneZenith ParisExisting - no permanent workWeightlifting6000
Stand aloneWater Sports CentreExisting - permanent work requiredCanoe/Kayak (Slalom + Sprint), Rowing14000/10000
Stand aloneChateau de VersaillesTemporaryEquestrian, Modern Penthatlon20000
Stand aloneVelodrome NationalExisting - no permanent workCycling (track), Modern Penthatlon (fencing)5000
Stand aloneBMX TrackExisting - permanent work requiredBMX6000
Stand aloneElancourt HillExisting - permanent work requiredCycling (Mountain Bike)2000/20000
Stand aloneGolf NationalExisting - no permanent workGolf-
Stand aloneLa Villette Great HallExisting - no permanent workParalympic Games only4000
FranceMarina (Marseille)Existing - permanent work requiredSailing5000/10000
FranceStade Velodrome (Marseille)Existing - no permanent workFootball67000
FranceStadium de ToulouseExisting - no permanent workFootball33000
FranceStade de BordeauxExisting - no permanent workFootball42000
FranceStade de La Beaujoire (Nantes)Existing - no permanent workFootball38000
FranceStade Pierre-Mauroy (Lille)Existing - no permanent workFootball50000
FranceStade de LyonExisting - no permanent workFootball58000
FranceStade Geoffroy-Guichard (Saint-Etienne)Existing - no permanent workFootball42000
FranceStade de NiceExisting - no permanent workFootball35000

Paris 2024; First Coordination Commission Visit

Press release by the International Olympic Committee:

Closing its first visit to the French capital, the International Olympic Committee (IOC)’s Coordination Commission was impressed with Paris 2024’s pioneering new approach to hosting the Olympic and Paralympic Games in line with Olympic Agenda 2020 and its New Norm. The French plan is an ambitious and inspiring project that uses the Games as a platform for significant developments at the city, regional and national levels, and is being approached with a controlled focus on budgets and deadlines.

Source: IOC
Full article: First IOC visit sees Paris 2024 pioneering new approach to Games


Paris 2024; Joint Funding Protocol Signed

Today, Edouard Philippe (French Prime Minister), Anne Hidalgo (President of SOLIDEO – Mayor of Paris) and Tony Estanguet (President of Paris 2024) have signed a joint funding protocol for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. Read the following press release from Paris in 2024 for more information on this agreement and the provisions for the Aquatics Centre and the Olympic Village.


Paris 2024: signing of joint funding protocol for the Games

A few days ahead of the IOC Coordination Commission’s first visit to Paris, French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, Anne Hidalgo, President of SOLIDEO and Mayor of Paris, and Tony Estanguet, President of Paris 2024, have signed the joint funding protocol for the Paris 2024 Games in the company of all key stakeholders. The protocol guarantees that proposed budgets will be
scrupulously respected; reinforces the “legacy” aspect of the project with its focus on delivering benefits to communities; and enables the optimisation of the Games plan, in order to further improve the experience of every participant group.

On September 13 2017, Paris was elected Host City for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games. France and Paris achieved this victory based on an ambitious bid – both in terms of the sports plan, and in the physical and social legacy to be generated for people in the host communities. Its success also relied on demonstrating a commitment to budgetary sobriety, in order to ensure that each Euro spent will deliver maximum value and benefit to French people.

Once the victory had been achieved, and in line with their commitments, the Paris 2024 Committee, the French State and the City of Paris immediately began a process to consolidate the Games
masterplan, in particular to take account of IOC feedback and its “New Norm” and Olympic Agenda 2020 recommendations, while also taking care to respect the International Federations’ expectations.

The collective work to optimise the Olympic and Paralympic project has been driven by the Paris 2024 Committee, presided by Tony Estanguet, and SOLIDEO, presided by Anne Hidalgo, in close
consultation with the State, the various local authorities and lead developers.

This foundation work is just the first step in a process that will continue over coming months, with the involvement all key stakeholders, and especially the national and international sports federations. The aim is to deliver a final masterplan that is optimised for all stakeholders in the Games, based on three core pillars that underpin Paris 2024’s strength:

– An exceptional concept, further improved for an even better athlete experience
– A strong and certain legacy for all stakeholders in the Games
– Controlled costs, in line with commitments made during the bid phase

This morning, following the Executive Board meetings of Paris 2024 and SOLIDEO, Edouard Philippe, France’s Prime Minister – accompanied by Sports Minister Laura Flessel and Sophie Cluzel, the Prime Minister’s Secretary of State with responsibility for disabled people – Anne Hidalgo, President of SOLIDEO and Mayor of Paris, and Tony Estanguet, Président de Paris 2024, officially signed the joint funding protocol for the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games in the company of other key stakeholders in the Games – representatives of the sports movement and authorities affected by Games-related investments.

In particular, the protocol makes the following provisions:

· The Olympic Aquatics Centre will remain a permanent facility, but with a redefined concept to help control costs, while also delivering a stronger legacy for local residents and, in particular, the children of Seine-Saint-Denis. The Games project will ultimately lead to the creation of eight legacy pools, in place of the five originally planned. They will help to meet a real need in a department with a significant shortage of community sports facilities, and where only half of children leave primary school able to swim. This significant and meaningful legacy can be comfortably accommodated within the Games budget. To enable it, Paris 2024 will increase its financial contribution to the project by more than 40 million Euros compared to its bid-phase provision.

· The Athletes’ Village will be maintained in its proposed location and according to existing plans. Legacy benefits of real value to the local area and its residents are expected to include: the undergrounding of power lines; new housing; the creation of new green spaces; and the building of an anti-noise wall.

The Olympic Aquatics Centre (photo Luxigon), via Paris 2024.