Paris 2024 announced Thursday that the Aquatics Centre, should Paris host the 2024 Olympics, would be located in Saint-Denis – the multicultural suburb in northern Paris which is also home to the Stade de France – the proposed Olympic Stadium.
All plans for the Paris 2024 venues are now confirmed with the announcement that the Aquatics Centre site is at La Plaine Saulnier. The venue, which Paris 2024 says will be built in line with the bid`s commitment to sustainable venue development and environmental best practice, will house two 50m swimming pools and two diving pools. The capacity of the venue will be 15,000 during and Games and will be reconfigured to 2,500 once the Games are over.
The venue will be home to Swimming, Synchronized Swimming and Diving during the Games and will be connected by a pedestrian bridge to the State de France – the venue for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies and Athletics. The Stade de France will also be refurbished for the 2024 Games and the new Olympic hub will be located three minutes from the Athletes`Village, and according to Paris 2024, will benefit from excellent public transport links.
The swimming venue – the only in the plan to be built from scratch – is the final required facility to be named by Paris 2024.
Tony Estanguet, Paris 2024 Co-Chairman said, “the site of La Plaine Saulnier in the cosmopolitan suburb of Saint-Denis offers many advantages for the Paris 2024 bid. The new, state-of-the-art facility will be a spectacular venue for Olympic sport providing optimal conditions for world class performances and a fantastic atmosphere for fans watching in the arena and those watching on TV and digital platforms around the world.
“The new venue`s close proximity to the Stade de France and the Athletes`Village enhances the compactness of the Paris 2024 bid with great accessibility for athletes, spectators and media. The new Olympic sports hub will serve as central pillar in the Saint-Denis community bringing even more Olympic sport to the city, further embedding Olympism in everyday life in Paris and creating a strong legacy for the youth population.
“Paris 2024 will be spectacular Games of style and substance and a wonderful celebration of Olympic sport. The new Aquatics Centre is a symbol of Paris` creativity and dynamism strengthening sport`s role in society across the city – we are thrilled that plans for all of the proposed Paris 2024 venues are now laid out in full.”
Paris is competing to host the 2024 Games with Budapest, Los Angeles and Rome – the winner will be declared by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in September 2017.