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The "one Village, two Clusters" concept uses a careful balance of world famous venues, state-of-the-art new venues, and innovative temporary venues. Iconic sites and two venue clusters will provide settings of distinction and convenience.
Aerial View of Northern Cluster - © Archivideo simulation - Paris 2012
With 31 venues, the present proposal utilises lay-out leverages on the optimisation of 12 existing sites.
(© Archivideo simulation - Paris 2012)
- Presentation (PDF - 3,2 Mo)
- Northern Cluster (PDF - 14 Mo)
- Western Cluster (PDF - 14 Mo)
- Non-Clusters (PDF - 16 Mo)
- Province (PDF - 4,2 Mo)
- Subsidaries (PDF - 406 Ko)
- Competition Venues, focus
- Olympic Sports, focus
- Paralympic Sports, focus
- The Olympic Village
Compact Competition Venues with the Most Efficient Transport Services
The organisational concept behind the Paris 2012 Games sets two venue "clusters" at the City gates, leaving the heart of the city free to celebrate Olympic festivities. The two competition venue clusters, where 75% of the events will be held, are located six kilometres from the Olympic Village. The Northern Cluster will comprise 9 competition venues, along with the International Broacast Centre (IBC) and Main Press Centre (MPC), while the Western Cluster will encompass 8 competition venues. Nine venues will lie in "non-clusters" locations, in Paris and the Ile-de-France Region. Five venues have been selected in cities across France, to host Sailing (La Rochelle) and Football (Lens, Lyon, Marseille and Nantes).
Top Priority to Existing and Temporary Venues
As a result of an optimised competition schedule, only 31 venues are required. The construction of new venues will be kept to a minimum in order to prevent "white elephants". In addition to the 12 already-existing competition venues, 13 temporary venues designed specifically to meet Games requirements will be constructed. However, Paris’ existing venues could already host 65% of spectators should the Olympics be held now. New permanent venues will fulfil clearly identified, long-term needs, and will contribute to the lasting sporting legacy long awaited by the entire nation (Aquatic Centre, Velodrome, Shooting Centre, SuperDome).
Training Venues Designed for Optimal Athlete Performance and Comfort
All of the training venues were selected to keep travel times to a minimum and provide the athletes with training conditions identical to those of the competition venues. It was with this in mind that Paris 2012 set up a cluster of temporary training venues at the "Paris Expo" convention complex, along the Olympic Lanes.
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