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What You Need to Know About The Paris 2024 Olympics

June 02, 2024
Paris won't be the same during the Summer Olympics this year. Paris 2024 already has the entire city buzzing, doing all sorts of big-scale preparations to ensure that the global sports event will go off without a hitch. Whether you've been to Paris multiple times or you've moved here and have been a local for some time now, you'll barely recognize the city! For one thing, the Paris Olympics will host the games in some of its most iconic landmarks. The city has also asked other European countries to lend their police forces to help keep the event safe and secure.

What You Need to Know About The Paris 2024 Olympics

Keep Cool for a Hot Summer Ahead

Since it's the 2024 Summer Olympics, the upcoming global sports event will take place at the peak of summer in Paris. Paris 2024 will begin on July 26, 2024, and end on August 11, 2024. For those who don't know, July is often the hottest month in the French capital, with an average temperature of 20°C (68°F). So before going to or deciding to stay in Paris for the Olympics, figure out if you'll be able to handle the heat... literally! Don't forget that millions of tourists will also descend on the city for the event, so it will be hotter than ever here.

Some Games Will Begin Ahead of The Opening Ceremony

As already mentioned, the Paris 2024 Olympics will begin on July 26, 2024. This is also the date of the highly anticipated opening ceremony, which is set to be a historic event both Paris and the rest of the world will never forget. Naturally, you'd think that the opening ceremony would signal the start of the Olympics, but in truth, some games will have already started by then. The upcoming football and rugby matches are set to begin on July 24, two days before the official start of the Olympics. Fans of these sports should know this lest they miss the first few games of the event.

What You Need to Know About The Paris 2024 Olympics

The Event Goes Beyond The City of Paris

As the upcoming edition's host city, many of the neighborhoods in Paris will host the 2024 Summer Olympics. From the central arrondissements to the Paris Suburbs, the entire French capital is set to highlight world-class athleticism. With that said, however, it's important to note that the game venues will go beyond the city. Other cities will host various sports too. Matmut Atlantique in Bordeaux, for example, will host a few of the football matches. The Marina at Marseille, on the other hand, will host the sailing races and other water sports for the event. Know where your favorite sports will be held before going to France for the Olympics.

The Opening Ceremony is Outside

Now, let's talk about the upcoming opening ceremony for the Paris 2024 Olympics. You'd initially think that either Stade de France or the Bercy Arena would host the event, right? Well, think again! For the first time, the Olympics’ opening ceremony will take place outside. The famous Seine River will host the event, transforming the historic ceremony into a boat parade. The athletes will be on ferries floating down the river and waving at the fans that will line the Seine. Since the river flows throughout the city, this will allow the ceremony to feature the city's famous landmarks during the event.

What You Need to Know About The Paris 2024 Olympics
Source: Olympics.com

Famous Hotspots Will Host The Games

Speaking of Paris's famous landmarks, know that many of the city's iconic spots will host the games. Take the Eiffel Tower, for example, the undisputed symbol of the city and the country. Paris has set up a new arena right by the monument for beach volleyball matches. The grand Les Invalides palace complex, on the other hand, will host archery games and cycling races. The Grand Palais in the 8th arrondissement will also feature heavily this Paris 2024. The crystal-domed convention center will host the fencing and taekwondo matches. And on Place de la Concorde, one of the city's main squares, expect to see cycling BMX freestyle, basketball, and skateboarding.

There Will be More Police Than Ever

According to France 24, the city will expect around 2,000 foreign troops to be added to the local police force for Paris 2024. The upcoming Summer Olympics is slated to be the most important global event the French capital will host in a long time. Following a series of terrorist attacks in the late 2010s, and various other cases of civil unrest in the city for the past few years, it makes sense that Paris is beefing up its security for the event. Various European countries are lending many of their police forces to Paris and the rest of France as a result.

Expect a New Sport This Olympics Edition

The Paris 2024 Olympics has a lot of new and unexpected things in store. One of which is the introduction of a new sport—breakdancing. The Olympics Committee has officially recognized breakdancing as an Olympic sport and will be set for two separate events, one for boys and the other for girls. The sport was first featured at the Summer Youth Olympics back in 2018, but this is the first time that it will be included in the main Summer Olympics. Place de la Concorde will host the breakdancing games alongside basketball, skateboarding, and more.

What You Need to Know About The Paris 2024 Olympics

Before you go to the French capital for the upcoming Paris 2024 Olympics, here are a few things you need to know about the event. From its opening ceremony to the city's safety measures, brush up on what to expect in the famous host city this year.