As part of the 2024 Paris Olympic and Paralympic Games, an aquatic center is being built in Saint-Denis (93) in the heart of the Plaine Saulnier Joint Development Zone. It is located opposite the Stade de France and is connected to it by a footbridge over the A1 freeway.
Entirely designed with bio-sourced materials, the CAO should be delivered at the end of 2023, with the keys handed over to Paris 2024 in early April 2024.
Model of the nautical center for Paris 2024
In early October 2020, the architectural project of the Olympic Aquatic Center (OAC) was presented. This 4 hectare site will require the following materials to be manufactured:
Renewable energies will provide 84% of the heating needs of this 30-meter high, 106-meter wide and 114-meter long building.
The footbridge between the Stade de France and the Olympic Aquatic Center (CAO) was installed between August 8 and 11, 2022 over the A1 (which required the closure of this section of highway). It is currently under construction until the end of 2023. For the Olympics, it will only be used by people with a competition ticket who wish to access the venues. The general public will be able to use it from May 2, 2025.
During the Olympic Games, the aquatic complex will include
The outdoor warm-up pool can be completely dismantled at the end of the Games, just like the 2,500-seat Olympic stand added for the occasion, and will be relocated to another area of Seine-Saint-Denis. The water polo and artistic swimming pool, as well as the diving pool, will be maintained on the site and made available to the public as of 2025, with a 2,500-seat grandstand better suited to regional or national level competitions.
For the legacy, new works will take place after the end of the Paralympic Games in October 2024 until mid-May 2025. On May 2, 2025, this international sports facility will welcome the general public. Many activities will be on the program:
This new place of sports practice accessible to all will also receive punctually national and international competitions. In this context, the other 2,500 seats could be added to bring the number of spectators back to that of the 2024 Olympic Games.
Extra info: the various players in charge of designing the CAO also allowed the region to participate in its construction. Indeed, the 2,500 seats that will remain permanently on the site are "made in" 93. LemonTri, a social economy company located in Pantin, organized a collection of bottle caps that were then crushed and transformed by a factory in Aubervilliers, Le Pavé.
Artistic swimming from August 5 to 10, 2024
Diving from July 27 to August 10, 2024
Water polo from July 27 to August 4, 2024
The preliminary phase competitions will be held at the Aquatic Center from July 27 to Sunday August 4, 2024. The final phases will be held at another venue - Paris la Défense Arena - from August 5 to 11, 2024.
Paris la Défense Arena
Address: 99 Jardins de l'Arche 92000 Nanterre
Access: bus, metro line 1, tramway T2: Stop La Défense, RER A: Stop La Défense or Nanterre Préfecture, Transilien L and U
Paris 2024 wishes to adopt a lasting approach regarding the equipments built up for the Olympic Games to promote sport development on its territory, and especially in Seine-Saint-Denis, that has much to offer for sport. After the Olympics, the water park will welcome the national training center and the French swimming federation headquarters. It will also be opened for the inhabitants and added to the list of the different pools and water parks opened to the public in the North-East area of Paris.
Other nautical sites in Seine-Saint-Denis will be used as training sites for the Olympic Games.
CAO - Centre Aquatique Olympique
361 avenue du Président Wilson
Take the RER B to La Plaine Stade de France station and walk for about 10 minutes, crossing the footbridge to the pool.
If there is a problem on the RER, take the RATP bus from the RoissyPôle bus station to the gates of Paris and then take the metro or streetcar.
Take the metro line 14 (if completed because it is still under construction) to Saint-Denis Pleyel station.
Other solution: OrlyVal then take the RER B to Plaine Stade de France.