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La Défense Arena

Vue intérieur Arena la Défense en 2024- Bassin de natation

The La Défense Arena is a truly exceptional facility in terms of its scale, its capacity and its technology: 13km of stands, 5,500-tonne framework, 28,632 sq.m of courts and pitches… While this venue has already welcomed more than 2 million spectators since it opened, with performances from leading international artists, conventions and seminars, as well as the rugby matches of Racing 92, its resident club, in 2024 it will host swimming events for the very first time. How? Thanks to a modular, multipurpose structure.

With its iconic modern design by the architect Christian de Portzamparc, the Arena opened its doors in 2017. It has the world’s largest interactive giant screen, with an innovative technology and 1,400 sqm of display area, equivalent to seven tennis courts.

With the 600 dynamic giant aluminium and glass scales that make up the building’s exterior facade, the Arena seems to come to life for the various events that it stages. In 2024, it will be flying the colours of the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games!


Capacity: 17,000 people.

What sports for Paris 2024?

Olympic Games:

Water polo:

– final of the men’s tournament (12 teams)

– final of the women’s tournament (10 teams) 

Swimming: 

50m Freestyle (women’s / men’s)

100m Freestyle (women’s / men’s)

200m Freestyle (women’s / men’s)

400m Freestyle (women’s / men’s)

800m Freestyle (women’s / men’s)

1,500m Freestyle (women’s / men’s)

100m Backstroke (women’s / men’s)

200m Backstroke (women’s / men’s)

100m Breaststroke (women’s / men’s)

200m Breaststroke (women’s / men’s)

100m Butterfly (women’s / men’s)

200m Butterfly (women’s / men’s)

200m Individual Medley (women’s / men’s)

400m Individual Medley (women’s / men’s)

4x100m Freestyle Relay (women’s / men’s)

4x200m Freestyle Relay (women’s / men’s)

4x100m Medley Relay (women’s / men’s)

4x100m Mixed Medley Relay.

Paralympic Games:

Para swimming

Where is it located?

Department: Hauts-de-Seine

City: Nanterre, very close to the La Défense business district and its Grande Arche.

Distance from the Olympic and Paralympic Village: 15km to the west

Access: bus, Metro line 1, tramway T2, RER A, Transilien L and U

Games venues located nearby: Champs-Elysées, Yves-du-Manoir Stadium

Tourist attractions located nearby: Arche de La Défense, Arc de Triomphe, Champs-Elysées.

Legacy

In addition to the rugby matches of Racing 92, its resident club, the La Défense Arena will continue to host a range of sporting and cultural events (shows and concerts).