Paris 2024 Announces Plans For Olympic Village Near Seine-Saint Denis; Signs Leading Consultant

Paris 2024 Olympic Bid Committee at announcement of proposed Olympic Village in Seine-Saint Denis area (Paris 2024 Photo)

Paris 2024 Olympic Bid Committee at announcement of proposed Olympic Village in Seine-Saint Denis area (Paris 2024 Photo)

Should Paris win the bid for the 2024 Summer Olympic Games, the Paris 2024 bid committee announced that the athletes village would be located in the northern suburbs of Paris.

The committee said Thursday the village would be located in the Pleyel area, a 50 hectare (125 acre) site next to the river Seine in the district of Seine-Saint Denis.

Bid officiias said there is “space and capacity” to build the media village nearby.

Construction on both villages is expected to reach 1.7 billion euros (USD 1.85 billion).

Tony Estanguet, three-time canoeing gold medalist and co-chair of the bid committee said, “the Olympic Village must welcome the athletes and provide the best possible conditions as they are the most essential component of the Games and the ones who make the magic of the Games happen.  The chosen location for the Paris Olympic Village delivers on all these fronts”.

Proposed Paris 2024 Olympic Village Plan (Source: Paris 2024)

Proposed Paris 2024 Olympic Village Plan (Source: Paris 2024)

The bid committee is reportedly also planning to build new public transport infrastructure to make the Olympic Village more accessible, with the creation of a new train station and construction of a road interchange that should make it accessible from the centre of Paris in about 20 minutes by car.

Meanwhile, on Wednesday the Paris bid committee signed London-based Vero Communications led by Olympic bid veteran Mike Lee to help with bid strategy and global communications.  The contract is set to run the course of the campaign until the election in September 2017.

Paris 2024 has signed Vero Communications

Paris 2024 has signed Vero Communications

Lee worked on the successful Rio 2016 and PyeongChang 2018 bids, as well as the London 2012 bid that defeated a the favoured Paris candidate.

“We are honoured to be chosen as Paris 2024’s international communications agency,” Lee said.

“The Paris team is very strong and the work that has already been put in place by the bid leaders, the NOC and the public authorities to build the bid is very impressive.”

Paris is competing with Budapest, Rome, Los Angeles and Hamburg to win the rights to host the Games.