Seine-Saint-Denis set to give away 178,000 free Paris 2024 tickets

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Seine-Saint-Denis’ local government is due to distribute 150,000 free tickets to sporting events at the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games, in addition to 28,000 for the Olympic Opening Ceremony on July 26.

All of the tickets will go towards the department’s residents, of which there are around 1.65 million. The majority of these tickets come from the state allocation, while 30,000 have been made available by the Paris 2024 Organising Committee.

A further 40,000 were bought by the department for more than €1m (£857,000/$1m).

To obtain the tickets, Seine-Saint-Denis residents can participate in competitions, go to one of the Olympic fairs designed to generate interest in the Games, or beat the queues to secure them online.

Seine-Saint-Denis President Stéphane Troussel is aiming for more than 10% of the department’s population to be able to attend an event or the Opening Ceremony.

The target audience for the allocation of tickets is university students in particular, with almost 17,000 set to be offered to them.

Elderly people, people with disabilities, unemployed people, and people within the sports movement will also benefit.

Initially there was a disagreement with the French state and its departments for tickets to the Olympic Opening Ceremony. However, it was soon resolved and Troussel is said to be delighted with the 28,000-strong allocation.

Of this figure, 10,000 places are due to go towards the Plaine Commune agglomeration community which governs Saint-Denis and Saint-Ouen.

These are intended to be offered to people who live in areas most affected by Games traffic.

The Paris 2024 Olympic Games are due to run from July 26 to August 11 before the Paralympic Games take place from August 28 to September 8.

It is the first time the Summer Olympics are being held in the French capital for a century after it last hosted the event in 1924.

It will become the second city after London to hold the Games on three occasions, after first doing so in 1900.