The Grand Palais is a magnificent site at the heart of Paris. Built for the Paris Universal Exhibition in 1900, thanks to the most advanced construction techniques of the time, it is renowned worldwide for its magnificent nave and glass roof. More than 6,000 tonnes of steel were needed to build the nave. The Grand Palais, which had never previously benefited from a full restoration, is currently undergoing work and will reopen in 2024 to host the Olympic and Paralympic Games in the Nave.
This iconic Parisian venue has a long history as a prestigious showcase for many different sporting and artistic events. For instance, the Grand Palais hosts a number of exhibitions by artists from around the world each year and was the stage for the World Fencing Championships in 2010. Each year, more than 2 million visitors enjoy the rich cultural programme offered by this outstanding venue, which, following its restoration, will welcome the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Capacity: 8,000 people during the Olympic Games, and 6,500 during the Paralympic Games.
What sports for Paris 2024?
- Individual Foil (women’s / men’s)
- Team Foil (women’s / men’s)
- Individual Sabre (women’s / men’s)
- Team Sabre (women’s / men’s)
- Individual Epée (women’s / men’s)
- Team Epée (women’s / men’s)
- -58kg men’s
- -68kg men’s
- -80kg men’s
- +80kg men’s
- -49kg women’s
- -57kg women’s
- -67kg women’s
- +67kg women’s
Where is it located?
Department: Paris (75)
Distance from the Olympic and Paralympic Village: 5km
Games venues located nearby: Invalides, Eiffel Tower Stadium, Champ de Mars Arena, La Concorde
Tourist attractions located nearby: Petit Palais, Champs-Elysées, Arc de Triomphe, Place de la Concorde, Pont Alexandre III, Louvre Museum…
How to get there?
The Grand Palais will be served by Franklin D. Roosevelt station (metro lines 1 & 9). Exceptionally high passenger numbers are expected on metro line 9.
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.
Following Paris 2024, the Grand Palais, which will reopen fully in spring 2025, will continue to host a number of cultural events throughout the year, from arts to sports, in a magnificent setting at the heart of the world’s most beautiful city.