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The Games in the heart of the city

A compact design for an unforgettable experience

80% of competition venues, hosting 22 sports, will be located within a 10-km radius of the Olympic and Paralympic Village. The true epicentre of the project, the Village will be located a short 7 km north of the centre of Paris and less than 2 km from the Stade de France. 85% of athletes will be accommodated less than 30 minutes from their competition venues.

All venues are spread across two main zones, connected by the Seine river:

  • A zone in the heart of Paris, with the capital’s emblematic sites highlighting the Games
  • A Paris / Grand Paris axis, in line with the Greater Paris urban development project, for the Games to benefit the general public by meeting the needs of the various regions.

This unique design, which incorporates competition and celebration venues in the heart of a city with an exceptional heritage, will guarantee an unforgettable experience for spectators as well as the Olympic Family.

This compactness will be strengthened by the high quality of the public transit network—the most efficient in the world.

100% of spectators will be able to experience the Games on foot or using public transport.


Paris 2024 promises to deliver spectacular Games with 95% of venues already existing or temporary.

Paris 2024 will use existing world-class sporting facilities, showcasing France’s know-how and expertise in organising major international competitions and the country’s passion for sport.

The project will include the Stade de France (opening and closing ceremonies, athletics), the Stade Roland-Garros (tennis, boxing, wheelchair tennis, wheelchair basketball and wheelchair rugby), the Paris Arena I (basketball, judo and wheelchair basketball), the Velodrome national de Saint-Quentin en Yvelines (track cycling), the Parc des Princes (football), the legendary Stade Jean-Bouin (Rugby sevens), etc.

Paris’ most emblematic and iconic sites will be transformed into spectacular competition venues in the heart of the city. The Grand Palais will host the fencing and taekwondo competitions, the Esplanade des Invalides archery, and the beach volley and footbal 5-a-side competitions will take place at the Champ de Mars, while the marathon, the triathlon and the open-water races will start off at the foot of the Eiffel Tower, in the cleaned-up Seine river.

Finally, the equestrian events will take place in the majestic gardens of the Château de Versailles.


Among the 38 competition venues selected, two permanent venues will have to be built by 2024 and will leave a legacy for the general public. The new Aquatics Centre will be built in close proximity to the Stade de France, and will be reconfigured at the end of the Games as a local facility (2,500 seats). This will be the only sporting facility built specifically for the Games. The construction of a second site, Paris Arena II, an 8,000-seat sports hall, has already been planned regardless of the Games and will be completed by 2021.