The next editions of the Summer Olympics and Paralympics will be here before you know it! Here’s what you need to know to get the most out of the Games (note: Information will be added as it becomes available)!
How do I say “Paris 2024” in French? In French, it’s “Paris 2024 Jeux Olympiques et Paralympiques.” “Jeux Olympiques” is often abbreviated as “JO.”
When are the Olympics? 26 July – 11 August, 2024
When are the Paralympics? 28 August – 8 September, 2024
But doesn’t competition start earlier? It does! At Paris 2024, men’s rugby sevens, men’s football and women’s football will start before the Opening Ceremonies. Rugby gets underway on July 24 and 25 (Day -2 and Day -1), men’s football will have group play on July 24 (Day -2), and women’s football will have group play on July 25 (Day -1).
Speaking of sports, what sports are on the Olympic and Paralympic programs?
The International Olympic Committee and International Paralympic Committee has a set program of sports. The Olympics has 28 sports: archery, athletics, aquatics (includes artistic swimming, diving, swimming, marathon swimming and water polo), badminton, basketball (includes 3×3) boxing, canoe (includes kayak), cycling (includes road, track, mountain bike, BMX racing and BMX freestyle), equestrian, fencing, football, golf, gymnastics (includes artistic, rhythmic and trampoline), handball, hockey, judo, modern pentathlon, rowing, rugby, sailing, shooting, table tennis, taekwondo, tennis, triathlon, volleyball (includes beach volleyball), weightlifting and wrestling.
The Paralympics has a 22-sport program: blind football, boccia, goalball, para archery, para athletics, para badminton, para canoe, para cycling (includes road and track), para equestrian, para judo, para powerlifting, para rowing, para swimming, para table tennis, para taekwondo, para triathlon, shooting para sport, sitting volleyball, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair fencing, wheelchair rugby and wheelchair tennis.
What are the new sports this year? The Paris 2024 Organizing Committee gets the opportunity to select sports that aren’t on the set program. They’ve kept sport climbing, skateboarding and surfing from the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, and the one brand new Olympic sport is breaking (yep, breakdancing).
There will be some new events in existing sports: extreme canoe slalom, mixed team race walk, kiteboarding and mixed 470 sailing. In Tokyo, sport climbing was one medal event made up of three disciplines. In Paris there will be two medal events: speed and boulder/lead.
How do I get tickets?
NEW FOR 2024! You no longer have to go through an Authorized Ticket Reseller (ATR – example: CoSport) to purchase tickets. The Paris 2024 Organizing Committee will manage ticket sales for the entire world. To bring some level of fairness to the process, they’ll utilize ticket lotteries.
This lottery is different from the ATR lotteries. Before, you had to apply for the specific events you wanted. Now you simply apply for the right to buy tickets. If you get selected in the lottery, you will have a set window of time to purchase the tickets you’d like to buy. Get the event schedule here and start planning!
Here’s the updated timeline for ticket sales (as of March 24, 2023):
April 2023: Registration for the single-ticket lottery takes place through April 20, 2023, 6pm CET. If you have registered for previous lotteries, you will automatically be put into this lottery. However, if you already purchased the maximum number of 30 tickets in the Make Your Games pack lottery, you will not be allowed to take part in this sale.
May 9, 2023: The first email notifications go out to those who are successful in the lottery, and it will include information about your purchase time slot. Be sure to check your spam folder – notification emails have been know to end up there!
If you don’t get an email on May 9, don’t panic — emails go out 48 hours before your ticket window opens.
May 11, 2023: Single tickets go on sale. Tickets are first come, first served. All sessions and categories should be available for purchase (though first come, first served may mean that demand outstrips supply). This includes Opening and Closing Ceremonies tickets. Tickets for ceremonies will start at 90 euros — these are for tickets in the low quays between Pont d’Austerlitz and Pont d’Iéna — and go up to 2,700 euros. Currently, the upper quays will be free of charge, although reports are that the Organizing Committee is still discussing ticketing for the ceremonies.
End of 2023: Any leftover tickets will go on sale.
Expect tickets to be 100% digital. Prices for single tickets start at 24 euros.
There will also be an official resale platform for people who need to sell their tickets. Although they’re digital, names on tickets can be transferred. No price gouging — tickets must be resold at face value. The official platform will be the only place to resell tickets.
If you are local to France, 1 million tickets with special pricing will be reserved for local authorities. These tickets will generally be sold to specific populations, such as people who volunteer in sport, schools, and those with disabilities.
For hospitality packages (tickets + experiences) visit On Location, the official provider of hospitality packages for Paris 2024. These packages will contain guaranteed tickets to most of the sporting events, as well as additional services like in-venue hospitality, accommodation and tourist activities.
Sales will begin in fall 2022, and packages are first come, first served.
Tickets for the Paralympics will go on sale in fall 2023. Organizers plan to have a variety of options, from single tickets to day passes.
If you want a better chance of getting tickets, join Le Club — that’s the Paris 2024 Club.
How many tickets will be available? Organizers have said there will be 10 million tickets for the Olympics and 3.4 million for the Paralympics.
How much will tickets cost? Ticket prices will be announced in conjunction with the ticket draw, but they will start at €24 ($25) and go up to €950 ($971). The Games organizers intend to price at least 10% of Olympics tickets at €24 ($25) and half of the tickets at €50 ($51) or less. If you want to go to a finals, those tickets will be on the higher side, but nearly one-third will be in the €100 ($102) or less price range.
How can I volunteer for the Olympics and/or Paralympics? The Games can’t happen without thousands of volunteers! The general requirements are:
- Be 18 years old by 1 January 2024
- Speak English or French
The application will be available in February 2023 and the process may involve going through an interview and/or language proficiency test. They prefer volunteers to work at least 10 days during the Games. The Games have different types of volunteer jobs, some of which may require having specific skills. Volunteer roles tend to include helping at train and bus stations, manning information booths, helping at venues, working with teams, support at ceremonies, etc. The Paris 2024 Organizing Committee has said it will notify applicants of acceptance or rejection in September 2023.
How can I watch the Games? Rights-holding broadcasters include (if not specifically noted, Olympic and Paralympic broadcaster will be the same):
- Airlines/Cruise Ships: Sport 24
- Australia: Channel Seven
- Canada: Canada Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)/Radio-Canada
- Europe: Discovery/Eurosport – Olympics only – Covers 50 countries/territories: Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Vatican City State.
- The Paralympics will be on Infront. They have rights to 51 countries in Europe, not including the United Kingdom.
- France: France Télévisions
- United Kingdom: BBC will have reduced coverage. BT Sport customers will get access to Discovery+
- United States: NBC
So then what’s OBS? OBS is Olympic Broadcasting Services. It provides all of the feeds (TV and radio signals) so venues don’t have to have cameras for every broadcaster. They also provide commentary, although your local station may use some of their own talent.
When will the podcast air? We’ll produce daily episodes during the Games, and we’ll record them after the end of the Paris day. All episodes will include results for every event on that day’s schedule, along with our popular feature “What officiating or volunteer job do we want to do?” and other talk that will be special to the Paris Games.
What’s the deal with the logo? The Paris 2024 logo is pretty exciting because it’s the first time the same logo is being used for both the Olympics and the Paralympics. The logo itself can look like two different things: (1) a white flame in front of a gold medal, or (2) Marianne (the gold medal looks like her hairline, and the little cauldron looks like her lips). Marianne is a French icon, a symbol of the Republic who personifies liberty, equality and fraternity.
What is the slogan for these Games? “Ouvrons grand les Jeux,” or “Games wide open.” Welcome back to the Olympics and Paralympics, spectators!
Who are the mascots? Meet Les Phryges! We have the Olympic Phryge (Phryge Olympique) and the Paralympic Phryge (Phryge Paralympique). They are hats–but not just any hat. They are Phrygian caps, which is a symbol of the revolution and freedom. These revolutionaries want to ignite the world of sport and get more people active!