Photos show the incredible amenities of Olympic stadiums and events spaces in Paris

The Eiffel Tower Stadium was built for the Paris Olympics.

Preparations are underway for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris.France built two new venues: an aquatics center and an arena for badminton and rhythmic gymnastics.This story is part of “Road to Paris,” a series chronicling athletes’ and spectators’ experiences at the Olympic Games.

Preparations are underway at sporting venues across Paris ahead of the 2024 Olympic Games, which will be held from July 26 through August 11.

France is expected to spend as much as 10 billion euros, or about $10.6 billion, to host the Paris Olympics, AFP reported.

Athletes will compete at temporary arenas constructed at French landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower and the Palace of Versailles. France has also built a $201 million aquatics center and a $150 million stadium for the Games.

Take a look inside 11 notable Olympic venues.

Beach-volleyball players will compete at the Eiffel Tower Stadium built at the base of the famous landmark.
The view of the Eiffel Tower Stadium from the top of the Eiffel Tower.

The stadium will also host blind football in the Paralympics, which take place after the Olympics.

With stunning views of the Eiffel Tower, the stadium can hold 12,860 people.
The Eiffel Tower.

The stadium will be disassembled after the Olympics, according to the Olympics website.

Paris La Défense Arena in Nanterre will host swimming and some water-polo events.
Paris La Défense Arena.

The arena features 30,000 seats for sporting events and 40,000 for concerts, according to its website. Concessions include burgers made with Charolais beef and pizza topped with burrata and truffle cream.

It’s the largest indoor arena in Europe.
The Olympic swimming pool at Paris La Défense Arena.

It spans 94,000 square meters, or just over 1 million square feet. It also has an interactive screen measuring 2,600 square meters, according to the arena’s website.

The Olympic Aquatics Centre in Saint-Denis was built specially for the 2024 Games.
The outside of the Olympic Aquatics Centre in Saint-Denis, near Paris.

The stadium can hold 6,000 people and cost 188 million euros to build, SwimSwam reported. French President Emmanuel Macron inaugurated the stadium in April.

The new venue will host diving, synchronized swimming, and some water-polo events.
The Olympic Aquatics Centre.

The Olympic Aquatics Centre is powered by a 5,000-square-meter solar farm on its roof, and its seats are made of recycled plastic.

The Adidas Arena in Paris was also built for the 2024 Olympics.
The Adidas Arena in Paris.

It was completed this year and cost $150 million to construct, The Associated Press reported.

Like the Aquatics Centre, its seats are made out of 100 tons of recycled plastic.
Inside the Adidas Arena.

The venue, which can seat up to 9,000 people, will host badminton, rhythmic gymnastics, and weightlifting events.

Basketball and handball games will be held at the Decathlon Arena, also known as the Pierre-Mauroy Stadium, in Villeneuve-d’Ascq.
The outside of the Decathlon Arena, also known as the Pierre-Mauroy Stadium.

The stadium’s exterior cover is made of 12,000 polycarbonate tubes and can be lit up in different colors with 70,000 LED lights, according to its website.

Thanks to a retractable roof, matches can be held in any weather.
The field of the Decathlon Arena.

The stadium has 50,000 seats, including 76 private boxes.

The French National Velodrome in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines will host track cycling.
The French National Velodrome in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, west of Paris.

The stadium holds 6,000 people, according to the tourist office of Paris. It was originally designed for the 2012 Olympics when Paris was in the running to host the Games.

The state-of-the-art facility features a hypoxic tent where athletes can train to compete in high altitudes.
An athlete inside a hypoxic tent at the French National Velodrome.

The stadium is also the headquarters of the French Cycling Federation.

The Stade de France is the largest stadium in the country, with a capacity of about 80,000.
The Stade de France.

In Saint-Denis, the space will host rugby sevens matches and track-and-field events.

For the first time in Olympic history, athletes will run on a purple track.
Athletes on the track at the Stade de France.

Since 1976, the sports-flooring company Mondo has produced tracks for every Olympics. In an interview with the AP, the vice president of Mondo’s sports division, Maurizio Stroppiana, described the new color as “a light mauve and darker violet” that “recalls the landscape of France.”

Equestrians and modern pentathletes will compete on the grounds of the Palace of Versailles, the former home of French royals.
The Parc du Château de Versailles in Versailles.

The modern pentathlon tests competitors’ skills in four events: horseback riding, fencing, swimming, and running and shooting, according to the Olympics website.

The main seating area built for the Olympics can hold more than 16,000 people, the AP reported.

The palace reinstalled statues depicting Apollo’s chariot, which date back to the 17th century, just in time for the Olympics.
Apollo’s chariot.

Consisting of 13 gilded statues sculpted by Jean-Baptiste Tuby, the statues were removed from the grounds of Versailles for restoration in 2022, according to the palace’s website.

The Roland Garros Stadium in Paris, home of the French Open, will host tennis, boxing, and sitting volleyball in the Olympics.
The Roland Garros tennis complex.

The entire complex, featuring 18 tennis courts, spans 12 hectares.

The Roland Garros Stadium is known for its clay courts.
Court Philippe Chatrier.

The Court Philippe Chatrier, also known as center court, was renovated with a retractable roof in 2020.

Artistic gymnastics, basketball, and trampoline events will take place at the Accor Arena, formerly known as the Bercy Arena.
The Accor Arena.

The arena’s recognizable features include a blue metal lattice and sloped facades covered in real grass.

The Accor Arena can seat up to 20,300 people.
Inside the Accor Arena.

Its gray seats were optimized for improved acoustics, according to the Accor Arena‘s website.

The Yves-du-Manoir Stadium in Colombes was built 100 years ago when Paris hosted the 1924 Olympics.
The Yves-du-Manoir Stadium.

The Yves-du-Manoir Stadium hosted the 1924 opening ceremony as well as sporting events.

At the 2024 Olympics, it will host 15,000 spectators for field-hockey tournaments.
Field-hockey players in the Yves-du-Manoir Stadium.

The Yves-du-Manoir Stadium was brought up to date for the 2024 Olympics with renovations totaling 100 million euros, according to the Olympics website. The field’s new, low-carbon turf is made of 80% organic material.

It will become one of only four stadiums around the world to host events in two different Olympic Games, according to the Olympics website.

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