Here’s everything you need to know about Paris Olympics 2024
INTRODUCTION – Paris Olympics 2024
Paris, known as the “City of Love,” radiates ageless beauty with its endearing fusion of tradition and modernity. Architectural wonders include well-known structures like the Eiffel Tower and Notre-Dame Cathedral. The Seine River forms a lovely course, and the charming cafés and tree-lined boulevards foster the romantic ambiance that is the essence of Paris’ attractiveness. With millions of people expected to travel to Paris for the 2024 Games, the Olympics are on pace to become profitable once again. The first Olympics of the post-pandemic period may be staged and welcomed by the French capital with ease because of its extensive expertise. After a turbulent run-up to the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro and uncertainties surrounding the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, it should be a comfort to hear that. The show will go on, which gives organizers, competitors, and spectators confidence as they get ready for events in Paris, regional French towns like Lille and Marseille, as well as the far-off surfing location of Tahiti in the South Pacific.
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WHAT ABOUT TICKETS?
For the Paris Olympics, which featured 329 medal events across 32 different sports over the course of 18 distinct competition days, over 10 million tickets were made available. Before the opening ceremony on July 26th, about 7 million tickets have already been sold. In the previous two sales stages, prospective customers had to register for a chance to receive tickets, but the most recent wave is first-come, first-served for events outside of Paris. This might result in witnessing Kylian Mbappé and Victor Wembanyama, probably France’s two brightest talents, in Marseille and Nice as well as top NBA draft prospect Victor Wembanyama in Lille. All of the basketball group games will be played in Lille’s soccer stadium, which is located approximately three hours northeast of Paris. The least expensive seats to see a men’s game cost 50 euros ($133–$221).
There were seats available for 30 euros ($33) for Mbappé to see France’s two planned group games in Marseille as one of the three overage players in the under-23 event for men. The first is on July 24, two days before the opening ceremony, when Olympic competitions begin. If you want to see France in Nice on July 27, plan to spend at least 50 euros ($55). Along with Paris’ Parc des Princes, soccer matches will also be staged in Bordeaux, Lyon, Nantes, and Saint-Etienne. The “Olympic Family”—national sponsors of Paris and worldwide sponsors of the IOC, broadcast rights holders and sports organizations—as well as the hospitality program and the remaining 2 million of the 10 million ticket holders will be given tickets by those local authorities. Prices for accommodations range from 85 euros ($94) for a modest place beside the Seine to 11,000 euros ($12,200) for a perfect location to see the participants sail by during the opening ceremony.
The only way to attend these events, according to On Location this week, will be through the official hospitality program, since public admission tickets for the riverfront ceremony have already sold out. The same is true of Marseille’s sailing competitions. For judo, which was held close to the Eiffel Tower in a temporary site and featured one of France’s finest contemporary athletes, Teddy Riner, and equestrian in the gardens of the Palace of Versailles, hospitality tickets at renowned places are also sold out.
HOW WILL OLYMPIC VISITORS GET AROUND?
There has been a long-standing relationship between the Olympics and the Parisian transportation system, which will be essential to the 2024 Games. As a part of the World Exhibition that the French capital held that year, the city’s first Metro service, Line 1, which runs from Porte Maillot in the west to Porte de Vincennes in the east, was inaugurated during the 1900 Paris Olympics.
Public transportation is anticipated to take the stage again the following year. To assist the Olympics achieve its goal of reducing its carbon footprint compared to past editions, organizers are banking on spectators to heavily rely on the extensive network of Metro lines, suburban trains, buses, and other forms of transportation in the Paris region. Some of the transit commitments made by the organizers were broken. They decided to forego its promise that ticketed spectators would receive free public transportation to competition locations across Paris in order to save themselves an estimated 44.7 million euros ($50 million).
They promised guests a fast train that would take them in 20 minutes from Charles de Gaulle International Airport in Paris to the city center, but it won’t be ready until 2027.
Contributed by Sanal Pillai
Edited by Imtiaz