“Let’s Open Games Wide” — “Games Wide Open” — is the slogan of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games and if you wish to attend it is better to keep your eyes wide open for the opening of the ticket office officially announced from December.
The slogan was broadcast alongside a video promising that the Olympic Games from July 26 to August 11, 2024, and the Paralympic Games from August 28 to September 8, 2024, will be “more inclusive, more fraternal, more beautiful”, as well as “faster, higher and stronger”.
Tickets from €24 to €950
Along with the slogan, the Organizing Committee released the first version of the full program as well as a ticketing plan for the sale of a total of 13 million tickets for the two events – 10 million for the Olympics, three million for the Paralympic Games – and the opening and closing ceremonies, with nearly half of the seats reserved for the general public and ranging from €24 to €950.
At the low end, for example, it will be possible to see beach volleyball at the foot of the Eiffel Tower, while for the finals of the flagship competitions the price will be at least €120.
Here are the basics for buying tickets: Olympic sports fans will need to register in December 2022 for a draw. Sales will then begin in February 2023 for packages of three events or sessions of your choice. Then in May, sales will begin for single tickets.
One million tickets for all competitions will be priced at €24. Nearly 50% of tickets reserved for the general public will be €50 or less, excluding the opening and closing ceremonies.
Nearly a third of the general public tickets for the medals will be sold between €100 and €200.
For the most popular events, such as the 100m final, the swimming final or the men’s basketball tournament, prizes can go up to €950.
Packages and sale dates
A special envelope of 400,000 tickets is being purchased by the government to be distributed free of charge to young people (especially those under 16), volunteers who contribute to the Games and sports in France, people with disabilities and to their companions and to officials helping in the preparation of the Olympic Games.
From February 2023, the general public will be able to buy multi-ticket packages of up to three sessions for €72, — choosing for example three sessions from athletics, handball and rugby, or artistic gymnastics, judo and water polo, or two sailing sessions and a football match in Marseille or golf, horse riding and mountain biking in the Yvelines.
For tickets per session, including the opening and closing ceremonies, fans will have to wait until May 2023 (still by lottery).
Finally, the last available tickets will be put on the market (without drawing lots) at the end of 2023.
“Selling 50% of the tickets at less than €50 for the Olympic Games and less than €25 for the Paralympic Games is a good balance,” explained Tony Estanguet, chairman of the organizing committee. “We kept prices in the same orders of magnitude as the last Games, no more.”
Ticket sales are expected to bring in 1.174 billion euros for the Paris 2024 Olympics.
Fans looking to increase their chances of securing tickets are encouraged to become members of Club Paris 2024. Members will receive updated ticket information and have the opportunity to earn priority access when sales begin.
Free registrations are already open.
Why “Games Wide Open”
The Olympic Games, whose opening ceremony will be held on July 26, 2024, are the first in 100 years for the French capital.
More than 10,000 athletes are expected to take part in the competitions planned mainly in Paris and Île-de-France, but also in Lille (basketball preliminary round; handball finals), Châteauroux (shooting), Marseille (sailing and football) and Tahiti (surfing).
The slogan “Let’s open the Games wide” is intended to underline the extent to which these Games will be open to the strong emotions and passions of sport, with certain competitions organized outside the traditional framework of stadiums.
“The walls between the city and the stadium will disappear and the spectators will feel connected to the athletes” explains the organizing committee. There will be outdoor competitions in the heart of Paris, a unique outdoor opening ceremony on the Seine and a “Marathon pour tous” in which everyone can run, among other unique experiences planned for the iconic Olympic event.
The organizers also wanted to “work towards a better balance between the men’s and women’s events”, as explained by Michaël Aloïsio, from Organizing Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The Paris-2024 Games will be the first joint Olympic Games breaking with the tradition of women’s events launching men’s events. For these games, the women’s marathon will follow the men’s and close the athletics program for the first time since its integration into the 1984 Olympics.
Paris wants to “offer inspiring Games that will help usher the Olympic and Paralympic Movement into a new era. Bold and creative games that dare to think outside the box, to challenge current models. Simply wide open Games.”
Ticket office for the Paralympic Games will begin in the fall of 2023 with 80% of tickets reserved for the general public and 20% for the various communities hosting the events, the sports movement and other guests,
The Paralympic Games in Paris will take place from August 28 to September 8, 2024 and are expected to be the biggest Paralympic Games in history, with 549 medals contested in 22 Paralympic sports. Nearly 3.4 million tickets will go on sale while media coverage is also expected to break records.
The Paralympic Games program will include 22 sports: athletics, archery, badminton, blind football, boccia, canoeing, cycling, equestrian sports, goalball, judo, powerlifting, rowing, shooting, sitting volleyball, swimming, tennis table, taekwondo, triathlon, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair fencing, wheelchair rugby and wheelchair tennis.
The vision of the International Paralympic Committee is to create an inclusive world through parasport. “Our mission is to lead the Paralympic movement, oversee the delivery of the Paralympic Games and support members to enable para-athletes to achieve sporting excellence.”
The plus: opening of Notre Dame
The Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris is set to reopen to worshipers and the public in 2024 – and in time for the Olympics.
The famous 12th-century landmark has been closed for restoration since a fire in 2019 gutted its roof and shattered its spire.
The cathedral is being restored to its previous design, including the 96-metre (315 ft) spire designed by architect Eugène Viollet-le-Duc in the mid-1800s.