From the bid phase, Paris 2024 has been working to enable urban sports to flourish in their natural environment, away from traditional stadiums, at the heart of the city. This is perfectly illustrated by the temporary transformation of Place de la Concorde into an open arena. La Concorde has been chosen to stage the BMX freestyle, breaking, skateboarding and 3×3 basketball events, set in this iconic square in Paris, temporarily transformed to become an urban park.
Spotlight on the additional sports
In 2014, the IOC launched the Olympic Agenda 2020, inviting the organising committees for the Games to temporarily add new sports to their programmes, as well as new events. Paris 2024 decided to add several modern and spectacular new sports to its concept, with breaking, surfing, skateboarding (street and park) and sport climbing. In line with this modern approach, some other disciplines for sports that were already included will also be part of the programme for Paris 2024, including 3×3 basketball, the number one urban sport in the world, and BMX freestyle, an acrobatic offshoot of BMX racing. BMX freestyle, breaking, skateboarding and 3×3 basketball will share Place de la Concorde, an iconic venue at the heart of Paris 2024, for the duration of the Games.
Showcasing urban sports…
In December 2020, the IOC approved the Paris 2024 sports programme and competition venue locations. By staging the urban sports where they usually take place, at the heart of the city, Paris 2024 promises to offer an unforgettable experience for everyone, through a groundbreaking concept that combines modern and spectacular sports with a unique venue, steeped in history.
…and the heritage at the heart of Paris
Linking the Tuileries Gardens and the world’s most beautiful avenue, the Champs‑Elysées, La Concorde will showcase Paris’ heritage, combined with spectacular, dynamic and modern sports. The spectators, athletes and television audiences will be able to enjoy exceptional images, and an experience in keeping with the world’s largest sporting event, while up to 37 000 people will be welcomed to the Place de la Concorde site.
Close to a number of other iconic competition venues, from the Champ-de-Mars to the Esplanade des Invalides and Pont d’Iéna, Place de la Concorde will be at the heart of an outstanding urban park, surrounded by central Paris’ many different monuments, a first in the history of the Games.
Venue aligned with Paris 2024’s compact and accessible concept
La Concorde facilities will be temporary, grouping together and sharing the resources for four sports at one venue. The venue’s set-up and supply operations will also be facilitated by this shared approach. The venue will be accessible with public transport thanks to the Paris Region’s dense public transport network, and, as for each Olympic venue, particular care will be taken with the last mile, which is especially important for people with impaired mobility.