Paris 2024 Venue Guide: Elsewhere in France
The impact of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games will be felt beyond the capital. In particular, soccer is spreading the Olympic spirit across the country, with matches taking place in six other regions of France: Bordeaux, Nantes, Lyon, Saint-Etienne, Nice, and Marseille. Sailing competition is taking place on the Mediterranean, off the coast of Marseille, while surfing takes place in the overseas territory of Tahiti.
Pierre Mauroy Stadium
Pierre Mauroy Stadium in Lille was built in 2012 and is home to LOSC, one of France’s top football clubs. Pierre Mauroy Stadium previously hosted the Davis Cup tennis finals in 2014 and 2017, portions of the Euro 2016 Championship, the 2015 European Basketball Championship, and the 2017 World Handball Championship. The stadium roof is retractable to allow for open air or protected competition. During Paris 2024, the multi-sport facility not far from the Belgian border in northern France is hosting handball finals and basketball preliminaries.
Châteauroux Shooting Centre
The Châteauroux Shooting Centre was inaugurated by the French Shooting Federation in 2018. Upon opening, the centre became one of the largest facilities of its kind in Europe. The facility is hosting all 15 shooting events that are part of the Paris 2024 Games.
The sailing events for Paris 2024 take place on the Mediterranean, in the city of Marseille. The pre-existing Roucas-Blanc Marina was adapted to host competition the size of the Games. The sailing conditions on the coast of Marseille feature relatively constant winds and no current or tide influences, which should promote ideal conditions for competitors.
Surfing made its Olympic debut at Tokyo 2020. For Paris 2024, the competition will take place in Teahupo’o, Tahiti. Teahupo’o is a renowned surf spot, having hosted the Pro Tahiti world championship event for over 20 years. The competition site has been designed to protect the natural environment, as well as showcase Polynesian culture.
La Beaujoire Stadium
La Beaujoire Stadium was built in 1984 and is home to FC Nantes. The venue has played host to the Euro 1984 Football Championship, 1998 FIFA World Cup (for which it underwent significant renovation), and the 2007 Rugby World Cup. It is the main sport facility in the city of Nantes, located in western France. During the Games, the stadium is hosting portions of the men’s and women’s soccer tournaments.
Lyon Stadium is France’s third largest stadium, originally built for the Euro 2016 Championship. The stadium is owned by and home to the Olympique Lyonnais. The stadium meets Paris 2024’s sustainability imperatives, running on 100 per cent renewable energy. During the Games, the stadium is hosting portions of the men’s and women’s soccer tournaments.
The “Chaudron” (Cauldron) as Geoffrey-Guichard Stadium is nicknamed, was built in 1931. The stadium has been home to AS Saint-Etienne since it was built and has undergone several modernizing renovations during that time. The stadium was a venue during France’s hosting of the Euro 1984 Championship, 1994 FIFA World Cup, 2007 Rugby World Cup and Euro 2016 Championship. The stadium is hosting portions of the men’s and women’s soccer tournaments during Paris 2024.
Bordeaux Stadium was built in 2015, in time for France to host the Euro 2016 Football Championship. The stadium was designed by Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron, the architects of Beijing’s recognizable “Bird’s Nest” Olympic Stadium. Bordeaux Stadium is environmentally mindful, with solar panels and a rainwater recovery system. The stadium is home to Girondins de Bordeaux. During the Games it is hosting portions of the men’s and women’s soccer tournaments.
Nice Stadium is a modern facility built in 2013 and home to the OGC NIce football club. The stadium was designed to meet sustainability standards and has features including solar panels and a rainwater recovery system. Nice Stadium also hosts the National Sports Museum, which draws more than 70,000 visitors each year. During the Games, the stadium is hosting portions of the men’s and women’s soccer tournaments.
Marseille Stadium is the second largest stadium in France and home of Olympique de Marseille. It was built in 1937 and has undergone several renovations, including one in 2014. This final renovation modernized the stadium, decreasing its environmental footprint. The stadium now recovers half of its heating requirements from a nearby wastewater facility and has a system to recover and reuse rainwater. Marseille Stadium was a venue for the 1938 and 1998 FIFA World Cups, the 1984 and 2016 Euro Championships, and the 2007 and 2023 Rugby World Cups. During the Games, it is hosting portions of the men’s and women’s soccer tournaments.