January 26, 2022

Tony Estanguet unveiled the outlines of the opening ceremony at a press conference

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18h54 : “The imaginary potential of the Seine is almost limitless”, welcomes Thierry Reboul, director of the Paris 2024 ceremonies, after the presentation of the opening ceremony. The goal, according to him, is to make “that as many people as possible and mostly free of charge attend the ceremony.

(Paris 2024 / Florian Hulleu)

18h30 : The show will therefore take place on the Seine with a 6 km stroll in the heart of Paris. A sound system and 80 giant screens installed along the route will allow spectators to enjoy the atmosphere.

18h26 : As we told you, this ceremony will be accessible to all. On the high platforms, the show will be visible to spectators with free access. On the low platforms, between the Pont d’Austerlitz and the Pont d’Iéna, you will need to purchase paid tickets.

18h23 : The organizers expect around 1 billion viewers for this ceremony which should last about 3.15 hours, with the show, the parade of athletes and the protocol. There are expected to be some 10,500 athletes (206 delegations) and around 120 heads of state, sovereigns or heads of government.

18h20 : At least 600,000 people expected for this ceremony, scheduled for July 26, 2024. Monuments, bridges and cultural establishments will be the main backdrop for this event. “unforgettable evening”, in the words of Tony Estanguet, president of the organizing committee. The Notre Dame Cathedral, the Pont Neuf, the Louvre museum, the Orsay museum and the Eiffel Tower will be particularly highlighted.

18h35 : The opening ceremony of Paris 2024 was thought of as a break with previous editions of the Olympic Games. According to the organizers, this will be the first time that an opening ceremony has taken place outside a stadium, the first opening ceremony with the river as the main setting and the first time that it has offered free access to spectators. .

17h38 : Tony Estanguet, president of the organizing committee for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, must unveil at 6 pm the outlines of the opening ceremony of the 2024 Games. On the program: a parade of delegations on the Seine, with the public along from the banks. This will be the first non-stadium ceremony in the history of the competition. You can follow this press conference in our direct.