The Porte de la Chapelle stadium, the only new Olympic venue located in Paris, was inaugurated

It will house rhythmic gymnastics, badminton, para badminton and para weightlifting. Hidalgo and Oudéa-Castéra were present at the opening, which had been postponed for almost five months. The Olympic and Paralympic Village and the Aquatic Center, also built from the ground up, are the last ones that remain to be released.

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Multipurpose and with 7,800 seats. It is located 2.5 kilometers from the Athletes' Village. Credits: AFP
Multipurpose and with 7,800 seats. It is located 2.5 kilometers from the Athletes' Village. Credits: AFP

A new sports-cultural epicenter of Olympic stature beats in the 18th arrondissement of Paris, north of the city of light. The Porte de la Chapelle stadium, home to four disciplines during the next Games, celebrated its opening day on Sunday, February 11, with the match between Paris Basketball and Saint-Quentin Basket-Ball for the Pro A National Basketball League.

Also known as Adidas Arena, the home of badminton, rhythmic gymnastics, para badminton and para-weightlifting is one of the five facilities that will leave a legacy after the Games built from scratch and the only one located in the French capital. The list is completed by the Vaires-sur-Marne Nautical Stadium, the Le Bourget Climbing Center, the Olympic and Paralympic Village, whose key delivery is scheduled for March 1st, and the Aquatic Center, the last to be released.

Amélie Oudéa-Castéra, Minister of Sports and Olympic Games of France, and Anne Hidalgo, mayor of Paris, were present and toured the fledgling venue together with leaders of the organization. Hidalgo said she was “proud” of the completion of the work in an area commonly classified as “prohibited” and that during the Olympic event it would have 40,000 police officers.

With microphone in hand, Hidalgo asked residents not to leave the city during the Games.
With microphone in hand, Hidalgo asked residents not to leave the city during the Games.

In keeping with the prototype of a modern stadium and other Olympic venues, such as the Paris La Défense Arena or the Arena de Bercy, versatility transcends as one of the main features. As well as being the home of Paris Basketball, it will prepare for the Five Rings event with a variety of sporting events and musical shows: from Street League Skateboarding to the concert of the Congolese singer-songwriter and dancer Ferre Gola, alternating with the Martial Arts Festival or the Yonex ITX Badminton, a test and qualifying event for Paris 2024.

The character of the show fluctuates and so does the capacity in the incipient building located 2.5 kilometers from the Athletes’ Village and at the foot of the subway line 12 station. With a maximum capacity of 9,000 people for concerts, it is expected to host 7,000 spectators during rhythmic gymnastics (August 8 to 10) and for weightlifting (September 4 to 8) and 6,700 in badminton (July 27 to August 5) and para badminton (August 29 to September 2).

The 7,800 seats were built with recyclable plastic. In the same sustainability tint, recycled aluminum was used in the façade and the concrete used contains low carbon emissions. It is nourished by two gyms, a heating area, bars, an esplanade, a 1,700 m2 terrace with green spaces with views of the city and the first sensory room for people with cognitive disorders.

Originally scheduled for September 2023, the opening date was delayed mainly due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the lack of supplies caused by the War in Ukraine. The project was designed by SCAU architecture & NP2F and the works were carried out by Boyugues Bâtiment Île-de-France. The budget was 138 million euros.