Paris 2024 announced Wednesday its support for a newly-unveiled 300 million Euro upgrade of the Eiffel Tower, France’s iconic centrepiece.
According to the plan, which will span fifteen years, Paris will modernize its ticketing facilities, improve visitor experience, and upgrade security at the monument, which is set to play a central role in Paris’ 2024 Olympic bid.
Beach volleyball will be played at the foot of the monument, and the Eiffel Tower will also host the start of the triathlon and open water swimming events, while the proposed road cycling and marathon routes will both take in the famous tower.
Paris invests around 13.7 million euro ($14.5 million) per year on the upkeep of the tower, but the plans propose this be upgraded to an annual 20 million Euro ($23 million).
The finalized proposal will be submitted for approval to Paris city council at the end of February.
Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo said, “the Eiffel Tower is an iconic French landmark, and it represents much of what Paris stands for, it is a means of welcoming the world to our city as a reminder of our heritage and as a symbol of our future.
“The plans to upgrade the Tower show the appetite we have to continue to develop our famous city. As we look ahead to Paris 2024, the Eiffel Tower will play a central role in both the bidding process and the Games themselves, and this significant investment will assist us on that journey. These upgrades will highlight the Tower even further to make it a flawless showcase of the Parisian welcome.”
Paris 2024 co-chairman Bernard Lapasset added, “85 per cent of our proposed venues can be seen from the Eiffel Tower, and with Beach Volleyball to be played directly beneath it, the Tower is set to be at the very heart of our vision for 2024.
“This Olympics will centre on blending Paris’ historic landmarks with an innovative, modern Games and this development symbolizes that idea. We are thrilled that these plans to update the Eiffel Tower coincide with our journey towards 2024 and we are looking forward to following the upgrades as they take place.”
Paris is competing with Budapest and Los Angeles for the 2024 Olympics. The host city will be selected by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) September 13 in Lima, Peru.