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PARIS 2024 OLYMPICS

How to get tickets for the Paris 2024 Olympics and Paralympics

Registration for tickets is now open - here's how it works and how to maximise your chances of getting tickets.

How to get tickets for the Paris 2024 Olympics and Paralympics
(Photo: Christophe Simon / AFP)

The Paris Olympic and Paralympic organisers have taken the decision to open ticketing to everyone around the world on the same basis, on a single website – so there are no extra tickets on sale via national federations.

How much will tickets cost?

Some tickets will be available to see all sports from €24, and half of all tickets will cost less than €50, according to the president of the Paris Olympic Committee Tony Estanguet – although prices rise to several hundred euro for the most popular events. The priciest tickets (for corporate hospitality boxes) are €690.

For the Paralympic Games, ticket prices will start at €15, and half of them will be available for less than €25.

So, how do I get tickets?

Patience. The first step is to register on the official ticketing website  (available in French and English) – you have until Tuesday, January 31st to register and what this does is enter you into the draw for the first stage of tickets.

You can also register now for the early-bird Paris 2024 Club, which may improve your chances of getting tickets to the events you want. 

Then what happens?

After you’ve registered, there are three distinct ticketing periods for the Olympic Games. A similar sale schedule will follow for the Paralympic Games, but tickets will not go on sale until autumn 2023.

READ ALSO Paris Olympics: 600,000 opening ceremony spectators and €24 tickets

Stage one

Stage one will focus on those who have signed up for package tickets – at a fixed price of €72 – giving access to three sessions of competitions.

Winners of the lottery for these packs will be informed from February 19th 2023 onwards (or February 15th for Paris 2024 Club members).

You will be informed by email, two hours before the ticketing site opens, and then you have 48 hours to select the events you want to build your ‘pack’ of tickets. 

In this instance being quick does give you an advantage, as the events are allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis – so winning a pack guarantees you tickets to three events, but they may not be the events you want if you leave it too long to select your tickets. 

As tickets will likely go fast it’s a good idea to look up the events in advance and decide what you want, so you don’t spend too long browsing the site.

Stage one will allocate 3 million tickets (out of the 10 million total).

Some of the most popular events, including the 100m final, the basketball final and the opening ceremony, will not be available in the packs. 

Stage two

The second stage runs from March to April 2023 – exact dates are not yet available – when the lottery opens again, this time for people who have signed up for tickets for individual events in all sports, and for the opening and closing ceremonies on the banks of the Seine. It is possible to enter the draw for both packs and individual tickets. 

Again, ticket lottery winners will have 48 hours to buy their tickets, subject to availability, once they have been informed that they have been selected. 

So far, it has not been announced how many tickets will be available in the second half of the draw.

Stage 3

At the end of 2023 – again, no exact date is available yet – remaining Olympic tickets will go on sale on a first-come, first-served basis, and these will also be via the online ticketing site.

What about the opening ceremony?

The Paris 2024 opening ceremony is set to be a bit special – held on the banks of the Seine as a giant flotilla/parade there will be space for 600,000 spectators – so you have a much better chance than at previous Olympics, where opening ceremonies were held in stadia of around 100,000 capacity.

Opening and closing ceremony tickets are part of stage 2.

Are there any other ways to get tickets?

Organisers say that, for the first time ever, ticketing will be 100 percent digitalised and centralised on the same website, so it’s open to everyone around the world on exactly the same terms.

There has been a lot of work done on measures to stop ticket touting, probably these won’t all be successful but extreme caution is advised when buying from resale sites as these are not officially authorised. 

President Emmanuel Macron has already said that the French government will buy 400,000 Olympic tickets, to “distribute to young people and schoolchildren, especially those under 16, to volunteers who contribute to the Games and to sport in France, to people with disabilities, to their caregivers, and to state and local government officials who help with the Games.”

The Games organisers will also set up a ‘social ticketing’ site – exact date TBC – with up to 1 million tickets reserved for special groups, including young people from poor areas and volunteers who work for sports programmes throughout the year.

And as ever, there will be corporate hospitality, so if you have no luck on the ticketing site then your best bet might be to make friends with someone who scored tickets through their work and buy one of the corporate hospitality packs.

The 2024 Olympic Games run from 26th July to 11th August 2024, followed by the Paralympic Games from 28th August to 8th September.

Member comments

  1. According to the official ticketing website registration for the draw for tickets is from 1 December 2022 until 31 January 2023. It is not only open until December 31st 2022 as per your article.

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PARIS 2024 OLYMPICS

Undocumented workers on Paris 2024 Olympic sites speak out

In June, nine irregular workers were identified on a site run by Solideo, the public company responsible for building facilities and infrastructure for the Olympics

Undocumented workers on Paris 2024 Olympic sites speak out

Gaye Sarambounou is used to toiling long days for a pittance. He’s a Malian living in France with no working papers – but that’s a situation that occurs around the world.

The difference here is that Sarambounou is one of an army of construction workers preparing next year’s Olympic Games in Paris.

The fact that France’s upcoming sporting showcase is being put together with the help of illegal workers is becoming a source of political and social tension.

For three months Sarambounou, 41, worked between eight- and 11-hour shifts, for €80 per day. “Overtime was never paid,” he said, ruefully.

“I accepted because I know my situation. If you don’t have papers, you do all the hard work, all the crappy jobs. You have no choice,” he said, as he boiled water on a stove on the floor of the tiny room he shares with four compatriots.

“Everyone knows what’s going on, but nobody talks about it,” said a smiling Sarambounou, who was kicked off an Olympic building site last year after a raid by officials.

Trade unionist Bernard Thibault, who co-chairs the Paris 2024 Social Charter Monitoring Committee, said that there is, “a great deal of hypocrisy on the part of the political authorities”.

France’s Labour Inspectorate has created a specialised unit that has been checking nearly one site a day for the past two years.

In June, nine irregular workers were identified on a site run by Solideo, the public company responsible for building facilities and infrastructure for the Olympics.

At the same time, a local public prosecutor’s office opened a preliminary investigation into the “employment of foreigners without a permit in an organised gang”.

Solideo “took the necessary steps” by terminating the contract of the offending subcontractor but also of the construction giant that used it, said Antoine du Souich, the company’s strategy director.

Since then procedures have been tightened up, he assured, while admitting it’s impossible to set up a system “entirely impervious” to such fraud. “All these beautiful stadiums are built by poor people… who are exploited,” said another Malian worker, who requested anonymity.

“It’s always 80 percent immigrants who do the work. You see Malians, Portuguese, Turks. And the French… in the offices!” he added.

The Malian workers want nothing more than to be regularised, so they don’t have to live in fear of an identity check.

The CGT union is preparing to submit an application for Sarambounou to receive his working papers.

If he gets those within 18 months, the recent hardships will seem like nothing more than a bad dream, he says. “I’ll be legal for the Games!”

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