Paris 2024: everything you need to know about Paralympic Games ticketing

Ticketing for the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games opens Monday October 9 from 10 a

Paris 2024: everything you need to know about Paralympic Games ticketing

Ticketing for the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games opens Monday October 9 from 10 a.m., on the dedicated platform. The day after Paralympic Day, Place de la République in Paris, the organizer wants to make the event a popular success in less than a year, from August 28 to September 8.

Some 2.8 million tickets are on sale (compared to 10 million for the Olympic Games, of which 7.2 million have already found buyers) until the available places are exhausted, without a draw and according to the “first come, first come” principle. first served”.

All sessions and disciplines on the Paralympic Games program, except paramarathon and paracycling – free events – are available. The opening ceremonies, Place de la Concorde, and closing ceremonies, at the Stade de France (Seine-Saint-Denis), will also be open for sale.

The organizers of the Games (Cojop) were originally counting on the sale of nearly 3.5 million tickets. But they had to scale back due to “technical constraints” on the competition venues – temporary or not – under construction. This is still potentially more than at Rio 2016 (2.1 million tickets sold) or London 2012 (2.7 million), however, argues the Organizing Committee.

It will be possible to purchase up to 30 tickets per account in real time – ten per sports session and four for the ceremonies – regardless of those already purchased for the Olympic Games. In other words, the same buyer will be able to acquire up to 30 tickets for each of the two events.

After the controversy over Olympic ticket prices, Cojop knows it is expected on the price list for the Paralympic Games. Paris 2024 should this time be able to keep the promise of an “accessible” and “popular” competition. Allow 100 euros maximum to attend the Paralympic events, where you have to pay more than 900 euros for the most prestigious finals of the Olympic Games.

In detail, 500,000 Paralympic tickets are offered at the floor price of 15 euros in all parasports when half of the 2.8 million tickets do not exceed 25 euros (80% at less than 50 euros). Still count on 150 to 700 euros for the opening ceremony, Place de la Concorde, and 45 to 450 euros for the closing ceremony at the Stade de France. Far, however, from the 2,700 euro tickets – maximum price – for the Olympic opening ceremony on the Seine.

So, it will cost you between 25 and 70 euros to attend the para-judo finals at the Arena Champ-de-Mars on September 5, during which Sandrine Martinet will try to win gold after silver in Tokyo. Or 15 to 70 euros, on August 30, to see if Alexandre Léauté will confirm, on the Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines velodrome (Yvelines), the harvest of medals collected in Japan.

Paris 2024 also offers two advantageous offers for the Paralympic Games: a “discovery pass” and a “family offer”. The first, at a single price of 24 euros, allows you to come and go – with free placement – ​​to the different competition sites in a specific geographical area. The Paris Center pass includes the Grand Palais (wheelchair fencing and para-taekwondo), the Arena Champ-de-Mars (para-judo and wheelchair rugby), the Eiffel Tower stadium (blind football) and the Invalides (para archery). bow). The Paris Sud pass includes Arena Paris Sud 1 (boccia), Arena Paris Sud 4 (para table tennis) and Arena Paris Sud 6 (goalball). The family offer allows you to purchase two children's tickets under 12 years old at 10 euros each for two standard adult tickets purchased, regardless of the sessions chosen (ceremonies are excluded from the offer).

The Organizing Committee does not want to wait for the opening of the Olympic Games to boost Paralympic ticket sales – “The second leg of the Games is now,” it repeats over and over again – and wishes to achieve the essential sales at opening, Monday October 9, then on D-100 days in mid-May 2024.

But what if the objectives are not met? Cojop points out that its budget model is based on an 80% occupancy rate for competition sites. “We want to offer full stadiums to the athletes,” underlines the organizer, who has no doubts about the mobilization of the French while the school holidays will be over during the second week of competition.

Paris 2024 made Paralympic Day, Sunday October 8, Place de la République in Paris, an operation to promote sport for people with disabilities and French para-athletes. The public authorities (State, city of Paris, Seine-Saint-Denis, Ile-de-France region) have already committed, as part of their popular ticketing programs, to distribute – and therefore purchase – some 300,000 tickets to priority audiences, including 200,000 schoolchildren. Paris 2024 is looking further, and aims to sell more than 500,000 tickets to all stakeholders in the Paralympic Games, as many as for the Olympic fortnight.

In addition, 84,000 tickets will be reserved for people with disabilities, including 60,000 easily accessible places and 24,000 for wheelchair users and their possible companions. That is, for the latter, less than 1% of the total volume of tickets put on sale. In London, there were half as many, Cojop hastens to point out, keen to defuse, during a press briefing, any start of controversy. Before adding that there were still places on sale reserved for people with reduced mobility for the Olympic Games.