Paris 2024 Olympics: The number of spectators at the opening ceremony is still undecided
How many people will be able to watch the first outdoor opening ceremony of the Olympic Games next summer? The answer is still unclear, as French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin spoke of “hundreds of thousands of people” when asked this question. The opening ceremony of the Paris Olympics will start at 20:24 (local time) on July 26, 2024 and will last three hours, confirmed in a press conference by Tony Estanguet, the president of Paris 2024, the French government, The organizing committee As reported by the Xinhua news agency, and the mayor of the French capital signed a security protocol on Tuesday. A total of 116 boats will be hired to transport more than 10,000 athletes who will cover the six kilometer stretch from Pont d’Austerlitz to Pont d’Inna, with some iconic monuments such as Notre Dame, the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower . as background. Will work on
Around 100,000 tickets will be sold at prices of up to €2,700 for exclusive riverside status. Those wishing to watch the open-air show for free must register for tickets in advance. “We think that a very large number of people who want to watch these Olympics will be able to do so in complete safety,” Darmanin said of the pre-registration policy. However, the exact figure is not clear. Organizers had initially expected a total of 600,000 seats, but in February, Valerie Pecres, head of public transport for the Île-de-France region, cut that figure to “less than 500,000”, citing “insufficient transport capacity”. Since then, behind the scenes, some political and police sources have mentioned to the French media the figure of 400,000. On May 16, Sports Minister Amélie Odia-Castra also mentioned a figure of “up to around 400,000”, yet to be refined.