New tickets have gone on sale today (Wednesday) for selected events at next year’s Olympics in Paris, while organisers have detailed plans to set up celebration sites and fan parks during the Games.
Tickets for athletics, beach volleyball, boxing, rowing, canoe slalom, golf, rugby sevens, water polo and other sports were made available at 10am CEST, with organisers anticipating that demand would be “extremely high”.
The limited number of tickets are accessible to all fans without a draw being made, although quantities are limited with some events only offering a few hundred tickets.
Tickets for the opening and closing ceremonies are also available. The Olympics opening ceremony will set a first for the Games as it will be held outside of a stadium environment, with the athletes’ parade to be held along the River Seine.
The Paris 2024 ticketing platform will now remain open until the start of the OIympics on July 26 next year. Tickets will be regularly released for numerous sports/disciplines based on the seats that become available, once the final capacity and configuration of each venue is confirmed.
Fans will be able to purchase up to 30 tickets per ticketing account for all Olympic sales phases.
Meanwhile, Paris 2024 has revealed the celebration venues and activities that will be organised throughout France during next year’s Games.
The Paris and the Île-de-France region will be home to the Champions Park at the Trocadéro, which organisers hope will serve as a “focal point for celebrations”. The park will enable fans to celebrate the medal winners from every country and watch the biggest Olympic events on giant screens.
Club France in La Villette will serve as a hospitality house for French athletes and fans, while the Off des Jeux fan park will be set up on the esplanade in front of Paris’ City Hall, the Hôtel de Ville. More than 700,000 people are expected at Club France over the course of the Games.
The collection of celebration sites has been dubbed Paris 2024 Clubs. Most of the host destinations will offer Paris 2024 Clubs, with at least one celebration site in each city hosting football matches (Bordeaux, Lyon, Nantes, Nice, Paris, Saint-Etienne, and Marseille), and in Lille, which will host handball and basketball, and Tahiti, which will host surfing.
Paris 2024 president Tony Estanguet said: “Since the beginning, we have been obsessed with releasing the magic of the Games, and we want these celebrations to be as open as possible. It’s a very powerful thing to continue the celebrations with athletes and fans at Champions Park, in a location as prestigious as the Trocadéro.”
Image: Paris 2024/Florian Hulleu