Paris Olympics expects 600,000 for opening ceremony

Paris Olympics

Around 600,000 sporting fans are expected to attend the Paris Olympics opening ceremony in 2024 which is set to take place on the river Seine rather than a stadium.

A flotilla of 200 boats will travel down the Seine, with around 100,000 ticketed spectators on the riverbanks and another 500,000 able to watch for free from the street level above.

French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said 35,000 security personell would be deployed for the opening ceremony, with an additional 3,000 privately hired security staff to be brought in by the organisers.

Issues over France’s ability to manage security and crowd control for large sporting events came in for criticism after the scenes of crowd chaos at this year’s Champions League final at the Stade de France.

Officials had been quick to blame Liverpool fans for the chaos but an inquiry found the reverse, saying a “string of dysfunctions” including a lack of preparation by authorities and UEFA and poorly executed security arrangements were the main cause of the problems.