Toulouse misses Paris 2024 host cities’ bus


Paris 2024 soccer venues announced Image: Visit Toulouse

Bordeaux, Lyon, Marseille, Nantes, Nice and Saint-Etienne will join France capital Paris for the 2024 Olympics as host cities for the men’s and women’s football tournaments at the Games. This information was given by the organizing committee for the 2024 Olympics in Paris.

Toulouse (France) had also applied to be one of the host cities but missed out as organizers looked to scale back the venue plan as part of cost-cutting measures. Paris 2024 organizers are trying to tighten the purse strings to the extent possible. The Stadium de Toulouse was used as a host venue for France’s staging of the 2016 European Championships and will also stage matches during the 2023 Rugby World Cup.

The 2024 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXXIII Olympiad, and commonly known as Paris 2024, is a forthcoming international multisport event that is scheduled to take place from July 26th to August 11th, 2024 in Paris, France.

Stadium de Toulouse is the largest multiuse stadium in Toulouse, France. It is currently used mostly for football fixtures, mainly those of the Toulouse Football Club and the big games of rugby for Stade Toulousain in the European Rugby Champions Cup or Top 14.

The Stade Pierre-Mauroy (stadium in Villeneuve-d’Ascq, France), home of Ligue 1 club Lille, will also be utilized as an Olympic host venue but will host handball matches and not football.

The Parc des Princes (stadium in Paris, France), home of Paris Saint-Germain F.C., the French professional football club based in Paris, has already been penciled in to play host to the finals of the men’s and women’s football matchups.

It was confirmed on December 17th that the Parc des Princes will be joined by Matmut Atlantique (stadium in Bordeaux, France), Lyon’s Groupama Stadium (stadium in Décines-Charpieu, France), Orange Velodrome (multipurpose stadium in Marseille, France), Stade de la Beaujoire (Stadium in Nantes, France), Allianz Riviera (stadium in Nice, France) and Stade Geoffroy-Guichard (multipurpose stadium in Saint-Étienne, France).

Initially, organizers had plans on employing nine venues for football matches at the Olympics before the plans were scaled back.

Details of a new venue blueprint for the Games were confirmed last month amid a continued cost-cutting drive by the organizers, with the key change outlined being the distribution of sports across facilities.

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