Post-pandemic Olympics set to enthrall in Paris: An Overview of Fan Reception and Sports Events

by Sophia Chen
2024 Paris Olympics preparation

Poised to resume with a bang, the Olympics is expected to welcome millions of spectators to Paris for the 2024 Games, marking the first Olympics in the aftermath of the pandemic.

Paris, seasoned in hosting such large-scale events, assures an organized and warm welcome to guests, promising a more organized staging than the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics and less uncertainty than the delayed Tokyo Olympics in 2020, which eventually took place in nearly empty venues.

The Olympic fan base, along with athletes and organizers, can look forward to an exhilarating line-up of sports across Paris, as well as regional French cities like Lille and Marseille, and even Tahiti, the remote surfing location in the South Pacific.

Here’s a glimpse into what the 2024 Paris Olympics have in store:


Approximately 10 million tickets for the Paris Olympics have been made available, covering 329 medal events spanning 32 sports over 18 competitive days.

With a year left until the opening ceremony on July 26, about 7 million tickets have already been bought. The ticketing system has been revamped through the organizing committee’s online sales platform and a new hospitality program launched by the US company, On Location.

Organizers plan to sell around 8 million tickets directly, with a guarantee of 1 million tickets being available for all sports priced at 24 euros ($26), and many more under 50 euros ($55).

In the initial two sales phases, prospective buyers were required to register for a chance to acquire tickets, but the current phase offers a first-come, first-serve system for events in cities outside Paris.

Basketball games in Lille and football matches in Marseille and Nice, featuring France’s sports icons Victor Wembanyama and Kylian Mbappé, respectively, may be an attractive prospect.


Paris boasts a wide variety of lodging options, ranging from riverside campsites to world-renowned luxury hotels, all prepared to accommodate millions of visitors. The Paris region offers 160,000 hotel rooms, a quarter of France’s total, and also includes rental homes, campsites, and other accommodations.

Visitor numbers have been steadily returning to pre-pandemic levels, with estimates predicting up to 15.9 million people visiting the Paris region during the July-September period that encompasses the Olympics and Paralympic Games.

A potential accommodation crisis is ruled out, as many Parisians tend to take summer vacations in July or August, which will further accommodate visitors.


Paris has a rich history of public transport, with its first Metro service inaugurated during the 1900 Paris Olympics. In the 2024 games, spectators are expected to heavily rely on the city’s robust network of Metro lines, suburban trains, and buses to minimize the carbon footprint.

However, certain initial transport pledges, such as free public transport for ticket holders and express train service from Charles de Gaulle airport to the city center, have been discarded.

Despite these changes, a newly extended Metro line from Orly airport to an Olympic hub remains on schedule, promising effective movement of Olympic visitors.

Paris is also boosting its cycling infrastructure in preparation for the Olympics, with additional hire bikes and increased parking spaces near venues.


With rising global temperatures in July 2023, Paris is now gearing up for a potentially hot summer in 2024. Measures to mitigate extreme heat for athletes and workers are a priority, keeping in mind the games’ carbon footprint.

When similar heat conditions were experienced during the first week of the Tokyo Olympics, effective heat mitigation measures were implemented, a strategy likely to be followed in Paris as well.


The 2024 Paris Olympics will feature competitions in some of the most historic locations in France, including the royal palace of Versailles, where equestrian events will take place, and Colombes Stadium, which will host field hockey.

The games will also witness the debut of breakdancing at Place de la Concorde, and the Eiffel Tower will preside over the opening ceremony as athletes are paraded on boats along the Seine River.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about 2024 Paris Olympics preparation

How many tickets were made available for the 2024 Paris Olympics?

Around 10 million tickets were released for the Paris Olympics, encompassing 329 medal events in 32 different sports across 18 days of competition.

What measures are being taken to handle potential extreme heat during the 2024 Paris Olympics?

Event organizers have recognized the increasing probability of high summer temperatures in Paris and are committed to being very vigilant. Their aim is to strike a balance between counteracting the heat experienced by athletes and staff, and controlling the Games’ carbon footprint.

How will Olympic visitors move around Paris during the 2024 Games?

Paris is counting on its dense network of Metro lines, suburban trains, buses and other transport to cater to Olympic spectators. A newly extended Metro service, Line 14, will be operational a month before the Olympics, connecting Paris’ second major airport, Orly, to an Olympic hub in the northern outskirts. There will also be shuttle buses for people with disabilities.

What accommodations are available for visitors to the 2024 Paris Olympics?

Paris has a diverse range of accommodation options, from campsites along the River Seine to renowned luxury hotels. With the largest concentration of hotel accommodation in France, the Paris region boasts about 160,000 rooms. Adding rented accommodation, campsites and other options, the region has a total of 261,800 rooms for the Olympics.

What sports events are already sold out for the 2024 Paris Olympics?

General tickets to the riverside opening ceremony, sailing races in Marseille, and events at iconic venues for judo (staged next to the Eiffel Tower) and equestrian (in the gardens of the Palace of Versailles) are already sold out. The only way to attend these events now is through the official hospitality program.

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MintingRentals July 31, 2023 - 3:48 am

Amazed at the rental prices during the olympics on Airbnb! Guess some parisians are gonna make a fortune, haha.

MarieFromParis July 31, 2023 - 7:51 am

Everyone in paris is so excited about this. Its gonna be crazy here in 2024! Fingers crossed for good weather though

JakeSparrow July 31, 2023 - 4:50 pm

super excited for the olympics in Paris. been waiting to see mbappe play for France live. The anticipation is killing me, haha

SunnyDays July 31, 2023 - 5:21 pm

I hope the weather will be fine during the Olympics. Last summer was so hot in Paris. Not sure if everyone is prepared for the heat wave.

LifesATravel July 31, 2023 - 7:28 pm

Can’t believe Paris is back to pre-pandemic visitor numbers. Such a beautiful city, deserves all the attention.

GreenEarthFan July 31, 2023 - 8:02 pm

They’re relying heavily on public transportation, good to see the focus on reducing carbon footprint. but wonder how well it’ll handle the extra load

TheHistoryBuff August 1, 2023 - 1:40 am

cant wait to see these historic venues, like Versailles, become part of the olympic history. gonna be something to remember for sure

LoveSports247 August 1, 2023 - 2:49 am

wow, the ticket prices have really shot up, haven’t they? But i guess it’s all worth it to experience the olympics first hand


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