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Champ de Mars Arena

Vue de l'intérieur de l'Arena Champ de Mars

During the Paris 2024 Games, the prestigious Champ de Mars Arena will be far more than just the “Grand Palais Overlay”. However, this is the name that the Arena is known by up until now, because this 10,000 sqm temporary building is hosting events while work is being carried out on the Grand Palais. In 2024, following the completion of this work, the Champ de Mars Arena will be kept in place for a few more months to host competitions for the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Designed by the architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte, the Arena’s timber structure, with its harmonious curves and aesthetics reflecting the Grand Palais, was set up on the Champ de Mars at the start of 2021, opposite the Ecole Militaire.Aligned with this esplanade, it blends seamlessly into the urban landscape. Thanks to its use of sustainable materials and the building’s structure, this project is fully aligned with the environmental standards required by Paris 2024. 

Created to host the art, fashion and sports events usually organised in the Nave while the Grand Palais is being renovated, it will also be the stage for cultural events initiated by the Réunion des musées nationaux – Grand Palais. 

Capacity: 8,356 people 

What sports for Paris 2024?

Olympic Games 

Women’s : 7 tournaments -48kg, -52kg, -57kg, -63kg, -70kg, -78kg, +78kg

Men’s : 7 tournaments -60kg, -66kg, -73kg, -81kg, -90kg, -100kg, +100kg 

Mixed Team : 1 team tournament

Freestyle Wrestling

Women’s : 6 tournaments -50kg, -53kg, -57kg, -62kg, -68kg, -76kg

Men’s : 6 tournaments -57kg, -65kg, -74kg, -86kg, -97kg, -125kg 

Greco-roman wrestling

Men’s : 6 tournaments-60kg, -67kg, -77kg, -87kg, -97kg, -130kg

Paralympic Games 

Para judo and wheelchair rugby (TBD)

Where is it located?

Department : Paris (75)

City : Paris, 7th arrondissement

Distance from the Olympic and Paralympic Village : 11km

Access : bus, Metro line 8, Vélib’ stations

Games venues located nearby : Eiffel Tower Stadium, Pont d’Iéna, Invalides, Grand Palais. 

Tourist attractions located nearby : Eiffel Tower, Champ de Mars, Ecole Militaire, Hôtel des Invalides, Grand Palais, Trocadéro.


The site will not keep any trace of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, as this temporary facility will be dismantled in autumn 2024. It will be able to be reused with multiple configurations at another location that is still to be determined.