PARIS, France – A key argument in the Paris bid for the 2024 Olympics was that, thanks to venues such as the Stade de France and Roland Garros, 95% of the necessary infrastructure is already in place.
From the Ile-Saint-Denis to the north, where the Olympic village is planned, to the Bercy arena, many proposed sites are situated on the banks of the Seine.
And the river running through the French capital will be cleaned up for the Games so that it can host swimming and open water events.
The historic monuments that attract millions of tourists every year will form the backdrop for other events, from the Champs-de-Mars in front of the Eiffel Tower to the Invalides and the Champs Elysées, where the cycling road race is set to finish.
“The historic concept of the Olympic park can be applied to the whole city thanks to the proximity of the sites to each other,” said Paris bid co-chairman and 3-time Olympic slalom canoe champion Tony Estanguet during a visit of the IOC’s assessment team in May.
But Paris will still have to spend around $3 billion on building and renovating sites, with half of the amount to go to the construction of the Olympic village alone. Here is a full list of venues including work in progress:
Existing sites (small adjustments needed)
- Stade de France: 78,000 capacity, two kilometers from Olympic village for athletics, opening and closing ceremonies
- Grand Palais: 7,000 capacity, 15 km from village, fencing and taekwondo
- Bourget exhibition hall: 7,000 capacity, 8 km from village, badminton; two venues of 12,000 and 5,000 for volleyball; 3,000-capacity venue for shooting
- Porte de Versailles exhibition center 19 km from village. 12,000 capacity venue for handball, 6,000-seat venue for table tennis
- Parc des Princes: 45,000 capacity, 17 km from village, football
- Stade Jean-Bouin: 20,000 capacity, 17 km from village, rugby sevens
- Roland-Garros: 15,000-seat Court Philippe-Chatrier, 10,000-seat Court Suzanne-Lenglen and 5,000-seat Court des Serres, 16 km from village, tennis and boxing
- Bercy Arena: 15,000 capacity, 18 km from village, judo and basketball
- Arena 92: 17,500 capacity, 16 km from village, gymnastics, trampolining, rhythmic gymnastics
- Stade Yves-du-Manoir: 15,000 capacity, 10 km from village, field hockey
- Zenith: 6,000 capacity, 9 km from village, weightlifting
- Stade Pierre-de-Coubertin: 4,000 capacity, 17 km, basketball
- Vaires-sur-Marne water sports centre: 14,000 seats plus 10,000 standing, 42 km from village, canoeing and rowing
- Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines velodrome: 35 km from village. 5,000 capacity for track cycling and modern pentathlon; 6,000 capacity venue for BMX
- Elancourt hill: 2,000 seats and 20,000 standing places, 40 km from village, mountain biking
- Le Golf National at Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines: 5,000 seats plus room for 30,000 on foot, 41 km from village, golf
- Marseille Marina: 5,000 seats plus 10,000 standing, 3 hours 10 minutes by high-speed train from Paris, sailing
- Stade Vélodrome, Marseille: 67,000 capacity, 3 hours 10 minutes by high-speed train from Paris, football
- Toulouse Stadium: 33,000 capacity, 3 hours by high-speed train from Paris, football
- Bordeaux Stadium: 42,000 capacity, two hours by high-speed train from Paris, football
- Nantes Stade de La Beaujoire: 38,000 capacity, two hours by high-speed train from Paris, football
- Lille Stade Pierre-Mauroy: 50,000 capacity, one hour by high-speed train from Paris, football
- Lyon Stadium: 58,000 capacity, two hours by high-speed train from Paris, football
- Saint-Etienne Stade Geoffroy-Guichard: 42,000 capacity, two hours 50 minutes by high-speed train from Paris, football
- Nice Stadium: 35,000 capacity, one-hour-and-20-minute flight from Paris or 5 hour by train, football
Existing sites needing renovation
- Marville water polo centre: 5,000 capacity, 6 km from village, water polo
- Champ-de-Mars: 12,000 capacity, 15 km from village, beach volleyball
- Eiffel Tower: 3,000 capacity with room for 10,000 standing, 15 km from village, start for triathlon, open water swimming and marathon
- Champs Elysées: 4,000 seats and room for 25,000 standing, 16 km from village, road cycling
- Invalides: 8,000 capacity, 15 km, archery
- Château de Versailles: 20,000 seats plus room for 45,000 standing, 48 km from village, equestrian
- Olympic village: Cite du Cinema film studio complex, 17,000 beds for Olympics, 8,000 beds for Paralympics
- Plaine Saulnier aquatic center: 17,000 capacity, two km from village. Swimming, synchronised swimming and diving
- Media village: 5,000 rooms, close to media centre at Bourget, 8 km from village
- Bercy Arena II: 8,000 capacity, 18 km from village. Basketball and wrestling
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