65,000 spectators expected
On August 28, 65,000 spectators and 4,400 athletes are expected there. The opening ceremony of the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games will take place on Place de la Concorde, preceded by a parade on the Champs-Élysées. On August 28, 65,000 spectators and 4,400 athletes are expected there. Organizing an opening ceremony outside a stadium: this is the challenge taken up for the opening of the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games. After the Seine, for the launch of the Olympic Games, it is a second innovation that awaits lovers sports around the world! On August 28, 2024, 65,000 spectators are expected in the heart of the capital.
The integration of universal accessibility
After a parade on the Avenue des Champs-Élysées of 4,400 athletes from 184 countries, the public will be able to enjoy the opening ceremony on the Place de la Concorde. This high place of French history, inaugurated in the 18th century, will also host several events of the Olympic Games. The opening ceremony will allow the public, whether disabled or not, to fully enjoy the event. Paris 2024 will ensure the integration of universal accessibility into all aspects of the ceremony. Objective: that athletes and spectators can enjoy an experience without barriers.
Once the ceremony is over, it’s time for the Paralympic competitions from August 28 to September 8, 2024 ! Coming from all over the world, the greatest champions will try to win gold on emblematic sites of French heritage :
• The Grand Palais for wheelchair fencing and para taekwondo
• Arena Champ de Mars for para judo and wheelchair rugby
• The Esplanade des Invalides for para archery
• The Eiffel Tower stadium for blind football
• The Palace of Versailles for para-riding
• The Stade de France for para athletics
• The Roland-Garros stadium for wheelchair tennis
• The Accor Arena for wheelchair basketball
• Arena Paris La Défense for para-swimming This ceremony in the heart of the city is a strong symbol of Paris’ ambition: to take advantage of the first Paralympic Games hosted in France to place the issue of the inclusion of people with disabilities at the heart of society.