From the bid phase, Paris 2024 wants to enable urban sports to become established in their natural environment, away from stadiums, at the heart of the city. This idea is perfectly illustrated by the temporary transformation of Place de la Concorde into an open arena. This development also illustrates the major changes that Paris City Council will be putting in place to sustainably reorganise this site.
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. This urban park will host four spectacular sports virtually non-stop from Saturday 27 July to Saturday 10 August.
What sports for Paris 2024?
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.
- Park skateboarding (women’s / men’s)
- Street skateboarding (women’s / men’s)
- BMX freestyle (women’s / men’s)
- 3×3 basketball (women’s / men’s)
- B-girls battle (women’s)
- B-boys battle (men’s)
Where is it located?
Department: Paris (75)
Distance from the Olympic and Paralympic Village: 5km
Games venues located nearby: Champ de Mars Arena, Esplanade des Invalides, Pont d’Iéna, Eiffel Tower Stadium, Grand Palais.
Tourist attractions located nearby: Grand Palais, Eiffel Tower, Hôtel des Invalides, Champs-Elysées, Arc de Triomphe, Notre-Dame Cathedral, Jardin des Tuileries…
How to get there?
The La Concorde venue will be served by the stations Palais Royal – Musée du Louvre (metro lines 1 & 7), Madeleine (metro lines 8, 12 & 14), Opéra (metro line 3), Auber (RER line A) and Musée d’Orsay (RER line C).
Public transport access to competition venues will be disrupted during the Games. In particular, the Champs‑Élysées‑Clemenceau, Concorde and Tuileries metro stations will all be closed.
Spectators are advised to allow sufficient travel time and to arrive early at the competition site.
La Concorde’s 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.