“Ouvrons Grand les Jeux” — “Games Wide Open” — is the slogan for the 2024 Paris Olympic Games and if you wish to attend better keep your eyes wide open for the opening of the ticket sales officially announced to start in December.
The slogan was released 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 together with a ticketing plan for the sale of a total 13 million tickets for the two events — 10 million for the Olympics, three million for the Paralympics — and the opening and closing ceremonies, with nearly half the places reserved for the general public and set to range from €24 to €950.
On the low end, for instance, 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 tag will be at least €120.
Here are the basics for buying tickets: Olympic sports fans will have to register in December 2022 for a draw. Sales will then start in February 2023 for packages of three events or sessions to choose from. Then in May, sales will start for single tickets.
One million of the tickets for all the 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.
Almost a third of the general public tickets for medal events will be priced between €100 and €200.
For the most popular events, though, such as the 100-meter final, the swimming finala, or the men’s basketball tournament, the prices can go up to €950.
Packages and sales dates
A special package of 400,000 tickets is being snapped up by the government to be distributed for free to young people (especially those under 16), volunteers who contribute to the Games and sports in France, people with disabilities and their carers and civil servants helping in the preparation of the Olympic Games.
Starting in February 2023, the general public will be able to purchase multi-ticket packages of up to three sessions for €72, — selecting, 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, equestrian and mountain biking in the Yvelines.
For tickets per session, including for the opening and closing ceremonies, fans will have to wait until May 2023 (still by drawing).
Finally, the last available tickets will be put on the market (without drawing lots) at the end of 2023.
“Selling 50% of tickets at less than €50 for the Olympic Games and less than €25 euros for the Paralympic Games is a good balance,” explained Tony Estanguet, president of the organizing committee. “We kept high prices in the same orders of magnitude as the last Games, no more.”
The sale of tickets should bring in €1.174 billion euros to the Paris Olympics 2024.
Fans looking to increase their chances of getting tickets are being encouraged to become members of Club Paris 2024. Members will receive updated ticket information and will have the opportunity to win priority access when sales start.
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 participate in competitions planned to take place mainly in Paris and Île-de-France, but also in Lille (preliminary round of basketball; final phases of handball), Châteauroux (shooting), Marseille (sailing and football) and Tahiti (surfing).
The “Ouvrons Grand les Jeux” slogan intends to highlight how this games will be open to the powerful emotions and passions of sport, with some competitions staged outside traditional stadium settings.
“The walls between the city and the stadium will vanish, and the spectators will feel connected with the athletes” the organizing committee explains. There will be outdoor competitions in the heart of Paris, a unique outside Opening Ceremony on the Seine River and a ‘Marathon for All’ in which everyone can run, among other unique experiences planned for the iconic Olympic event.
The organizers also wanted to “work on a better balance of the men’s and women’s events,” as explained by Michaël Aloïsio, from the Comité d’organisation des Jeux Olympiques et Paralympiques.
The Paris-2024 Games will be the first joint Olympic Games breaking with the tradition of the women’s events launching the men’s events. For this games, the women’s marathon will follow the men’s event and will close the athletics program for the first time since its integration into the 1984 Olympics.
Paris wants “to deliver inspiring Games that will help take the Olympic and Paralympic Movement into a new era. Bold and creative Games that dare to take a step outside the box, to challenge the current models. Quite simply a Games wide open.”
Ticketing for the Paralympic Games will begin in fall 2023 with 80% of the tickets reserved for the general public and 20% for various communities hosting the events, the sports movement and other guests,
The Paris Paralympic Games will take place between August 28 and September 8, 2024, and is expected to be the largest Paralympic Games in history, featuring 549 medal events contested across 22 Para sports. Almost 3.4 million tickets will go on sale while media coverage is also set to break records.
The Paralympic Games program will include 22 sports: athletics, archery, badminton, blind football, boccia, canoe, cycling, equestrian, goalball, judo, powerlifting, rowing, shooting, sitting volleyball, swimming, table tennis, taekwondo, triathlon, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair fencing, wheelchair rugby and wheelchair tennis.
The International Paralympic Committee’s vision is to make for an inclusive world through Para sport. “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.”
Another plus: Notre Dame opening
The Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris is on track to reopen to worshippers and the public in 2024 — and in time for the Olympics.
The famous 12th-century monument has been closed for restoration since a fire in 2019 gutted its roof and sent its spire crashing.
The cathedral is being restored to its previous design, including the 96-metre (315-feet) spire designed by architect Eugene Viollet-le-Duc in the mid-1800s.