For the first time, the Opening Ceremony of a summer edition of the Olympic Games will take place outside of an athletics stadium The organising committee of Paris 2024 has confirmed that the ceremony will take place on the Seine and will include a flotilla of 160 boats, carrying competing athletes and delegations.

The athletes will travel down a six-kilometre route, between Pont d’Austerlitz and Pont d’Iéna. The river, its bridges and the capital’s iconic monuments will serve as the backdrop for a once-in-a-lifetime spectacle, showing the world the very best of Paris, with hundreds of millions of people watching on television. This bold choice means that the Paris 2024 Opening Ceremony will be more open than any other in the entire history of the Games: at least 600,000 people will be able to experience the ceremony in the flesh – ten times more than could attend in the Stade de France.

Paris 2024 Boarding of the athletes

According to the committee, having approved the broad outline for the Paris 2024 Games – the location for the Opening Ceremony, the concept for the Olympic Torch relay, the map of sites involved – Paris 2024 is pressing ahead with operational planning for services and operations in relation to the realisation of the games.

The committee has also identified priorities for 2022, including firm planning of the events calendar and test activities, finalisation of strategies for ticketing, celebrations in the city and volunteering opportunities.

Roxana Maracineanu, French Minister in charge of Sports, said: “This ceremony which takes place outside the stadium, is a strong symbol of the Open Games Paris 2024 is planning to organise. It demonstrates our desire to share a sport celebration with as many people as possible, to involve our fellow citizens and to highlight the wealthiness and beauty of our historical heritage. We want Paris 2024 Games to be or the people, anchored in the city and to show the strength and vitality of French culture through unforgettable settings.”

Images: Paris 2024/Florian Hulleu