Paris 2024: Mayor Hidalgo laid first stone of Arena Porte de la Chapelle project


Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo laid the first stone of the Arena Porte de la Chapelle, the project which is being built in preparation for the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The project aims to “create a new sports hub” within the ZAC Gare des Mines-Fillettes district, with the arena due to host “national and international competitions” from its opening in 2023, reports

Besides mayor Hidalgo, at the event were also present Paris 2024 President Tony Estanguet, Stéphane Troussel, President of the Seine-Saint-Denis Department Council, and Nicolas Borit, deputy managing director of Bouygues Construction France Europe.

The arena will have two gymnasiums and a dedicated place for entertainment, shops and restaurants and will meet the needs of the residents in terms of local sports facilities. It will also host badminton, rhythmic gymnastics, Para badminton, and Para taekwondo competition in 2024. Also, it will be environmentally friendly: for example, seats for the main hall’s bleachers will be entirely recycled. It aims to recycle 95 per cent of the waste created.

The arena will also feature a 6,900-metres-squared plant-covered roof, including 50 trees on a terrace and 1,800m2 of photovoltaics panels.


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