These will be the biggest tickets in town on the opening night of the 2024 Olympics in Paris and the idea, unveiled this week, is that at €24 a ticket ($25) it will also be the most inclusive opening event ever.
Tony Estanguet, a three-time Olympic canoe-kayak champion and president of the Paris Olympic Committee, unveiled details of the events this week, with the aim of showing off the sights of the city. He told the press this week, “We want to take the sport out of the stadiums and into the city to include the iconic landmarks of Paris. So we are working with museums and other venues to stage competitions at iconic sites – for example, fencing will be at the Grand Palais, archery and para at the Invalides, volleyball and blind football at the Eiffel Tower.”
Likewise, the opening ceremony will not take place inside a sports stadium, as is customary at the Olympic Games, but will take place along the Seine. This way more people can see it and be involved – up to 600,000 people. The boats will pass in front of the Eiffel Tower but also Notre-Dame Cathedral, which it is hoped will be completely renovated and restored after the fateful fire that destroyed it in April 2019.
And to be as accessible as possible, the Paris Committee has pledged that one million tickets will be available for $24 (€25) and that half of the tickets will cost less than $50.
Events are also planned in other places in France, with much of the sailing taking place in Marseille in Provence, and the French island of Tahiti in Polynesia will host the surfing competitions. Lille will host handball, equestrian sports will be based at the Palace of Versailles and six cities will host football: Marseille, Nice, Lyon, Saint-Etienne, Bordeaux and Nantes.
Tickets will go on sale in February 2023, but with accommodation prices set to skyrocket, now may be the time to book hotels and apartments.