Two years before the start of the Olympic Games (OG) Paris 2024, the organizers detailed, Monday, July 25, the program and the ticketing of this edition placed under the sign of the opening. The Organizing Committee (COJO) also unveiled the slogan of the event at the end ofa short video of one minute and thirty seconds : “Let’s open the Games wide!” »
The slogan is synonymous with inclusion for people with disabilities, openness to territories – “from Versailles to Saint-Denis”where several events will take place. Common to the Olympic and Paralympic Games, it marks, according to the organizing committee “the audacity, the creativity, the avant-garde spirit that make up the identity of France”.
If the Latin Olympic motto is Faster, higher, stronger – “Faster, higher, stronger” – each host city chooses its own slogan to accompany its edition. “‘Let’s open the Games wide’, that’s ultimately our goal since day one, it’s this ambition to think of all the markers for the opening”explained COJO boss Tony Estanguet after his meeting with the government and the President of the Republic, Emmanuel Macron.
First joint Olympics
In addition to this motto, the OCOG has detailed the program for these Games, the opening ceremony of which will be held on July 26, 2024. The organizers have wished “to work on a better balance of men’s and women’s events”insisted Michaël Aloïsio, spokesperson for Paris 2024.
“The 2024 Paris Games will be the first joint Olympic Games”he recalled, before announcing that, “so as not to install the idea that the women’s events launch the men’s events”the women’s marathon would follow the men’s event and close the athletics program for the first time since its integration into the Olympics in 1984.
In this spirit, the final of the Olympic tournament for women’s basketball players will also take place after that of basketball players, on the last day of the Games, and some of the women’s judo, table tennis, canoeing or athletics events will take place in prime sessions. time.
“No OJ tax”
Nearly a dozen ministers took part in an Olympic oral for more than two hours at the Elysée. The Prime Minister, Elisabeth Borne, the Minister of the Economy, Bruno Le Maire, and those of the interior, Gérald Darmanin, of National Education, Pap Ndiaye, or even the Minister of Sports, Amélie Oudéa-Castéra, all presented their Olympic agenda.
On the subject of the budget for the event – which has crystallized a number of concerns in recent months, in particular due to the inflation resulting mainly from the conflict in Ukraine – Emmanuel Macron underlined, in an interview with The team, “that there are solutions to meet them and that there are no drifts in our costs”. “In this context, I reaffirmed a simple principle: there will be no Olympic Games tax. The Games must fund the Games”he insisted.
“Discussions between the International Olympic Committee and the OCOG, whose budget (4 billion euros) is almost entirely financed by private revenue, to try to identify ways to save money, had already begun a few weeks ago. . »
The organizers, whose budget is guaranteed by the State, must withstand the inflationary shock, and are carrying out a budget review this year.
Thirteen million tickets on offer from February 2023
In terms of expected revenue, ticketing will be of paramount importance. The price list, “accessible to the greatest number”according to Mr. Estanguet, was also on the agenda at the OCOG: “50% of Olympic tickets, 50% of Paralympic tickets at less than 50 euros, and only 8% of tickets at more than 200 euros, it is really the ambition to have (…) full stadiums. » Michaël Aloïsio also announced that, “for all sports, tickets start[aient] at 24 euros, with an overall volume of one million tickets at this price”.
In all, ten million tickets will be on sale for the Olympic Games and nearly 3.4 million for the Paralympic Games in Paris, according to the organizers’ website. The “popular ticket office” mentioned by the President of the Republic will also be intended “to people with disabilities, their caregivers and state and community officials who help with these Games, particularly categories B and C”said the head of state.
Finally, regarding the ticketing system, Olympic sports enthusiasts will have to register for a draw in December 2022, then sales will begin in February 2023, in packs of three events or sessions to choose from, before the opening of the sale of single tickets in May.
“People will be able to compose their packs, by drawing: some will want several table tennis sessions, others will be in Marseille and will want to see sailing and football…”explained Mr. Aloisio.
The President of the Republic has also made it known, through the intermediary of The teamwhich state “Go buy 400,000 tickets” and “which he will distribute to young people and schoolchildren, especially those under 16”but also – among other things – to “volunteers who contribute to the Games and to sport in France”.