Last Monday, Paris was formally chosen as the host of the 2024 Summer Olympic Games after its rival candidate city Los Angeles agreed to welcome the 2028 Olympics instead. The French capital, however, is not in a position to manage all of the events, which explains why Nice, Marseille, Bordeaux, Lyon, Toulouse, Nantes, Saint Etienne and Lille have all been selected as co-hosts of sporting events from football to sailing.
As part of Paris’ role in the 2024 Games, Marseille will host part of the Olympic and Paralympic events. Sailing will be held in the harbour and the nautical base of the Roucas Blanc was chosen to house the ‘Olympic Marina’. The stadiums of Marseille and Nice have both been chosen as locations for football disciplines at the the Stade Orange Vélodrome in Marseille (67,000 seats) and the Allianz Riviera in Nice (35,000 seats).
The overall cost of the works necessary to hold the events is estimated to be between 20 million euros and 25 million euros which include the construction of the Olympic village and improvements to public transport network and infrastructure. The International Olympic Committee will finance the organisation of the games while the remainder will be borne by the selected cities.