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.