For Paris 2024, the Vaires-sur-Marne Nautical Stadium, delivered in June 2019, will host the Olympic rowing and canoe-kayak (sprint and slalom) events, and the Paralympic para rowing and para canoe events at the Vaires-Torcy leisure complex. Funded by the Île-de-France Region, with State support, the Nautical Stadium is the first newly developed Olympic facility to have been delivered.
This major project, the only one of its kind in Europe, meets the demand for leisure facilities serving communities in the Paris Region, while satisfying the standards of excellence required for high-level athletes. Integrated within a 150-hectare site with remarkable landscaping, including 450 trees that have been planted, to provide a space where Paris Region communities can enjoy “somewhere to breathe” in an urban setting, the new facilities have been developed in line with a high environmental quality (HQE) approach, successfully protecting and showcasing this site.
Designed by the architects Auer+Weber+Assoziierte, the complex is structured around three core features of the Vaires-Torcy leisure base: the lake, the white-water stadium and the living area, which includes the new buildings with a landscaped roof that can be accessed for walks.
Outstanding water sports hub, the only one of its kind in Europe
The 4,400m2 sports centre comprises: the new white-water stadium and its two courses over 300 and 150 metres; the 2,200m rowing and sprint canoe-kayak course, equipped with a finishing tower; a sports medicine centre; a weight-training centre; various administrative spaces and a media centre. In addition to a training and accommodation centre.
The overall complex is an international centre of excellence for sport and the only venue in Europe where sprint and white-water competitions can be held at the same site. The arrangements for welcoming spectators have been thought out specifically, with natural fixed terracing for up to 2,000 people created for the white-water stadium, as well as a promontory overlooking the coaching track, offering an exceptional viewpoint.
This outstanding hub will bring together the representative bodies of these water sports and welcome athletes of all levels: for canoeing-kayaking, it will be home to the headquarters of the French Federation and its regional committee, as well as its national and youth hubs; for rowing, it will be home to the Île-de-France Rowing League and its youth hub, as well as the French Rowing Federation’s logistics platform.
An elite water sports facility, open to everyone
Looking beyond elite competition, the Vaires-sur-Marne Nautical Stadium enables the Vaires-Torcy leisure complex to offer a wider selection of leisure activities to benefit communities from across the Paris Region. Alongside the activities already available around the lake, such as rowing, canoeing-kayaking, catamaran sailing, stand-up paddle-boarding, windsurfing and dinghy sailing, the white-water stadium offers rafting, hydrospeeding and, of course, canoeing and kayaking.
Valérie Pécresse, Île-de-France Region President: “We want the Games to benefit everyone and to leave a lasting legacy, at the heart of day-to-day life for our communities across the Paris Region. The Île-de-France Olympic Water Sports Centre is a perfect illustration of this.”
- 4,400m² sports complex,
- Natural terracing for up to 2,000 spectators,
- 2km training channel,
- 250m landscaped river section on the banks of the River Marne,
- 5 hectares of landscaped areas,
- 450 trees planted, providing a space where Paris Region communities can enjoy “somewhere to breathe” in an urban setting,
- 35 full-time jobs to run the site.