In an effort to combat rising costs associated with the Paris 2024 Olympic Games preparations, organizers are reportedly now considering the option of a temporary aquatic venue as opposed to the permanent structure originally included in the bid’s plans.
Paris 2024 initially proposed a new aquatic facility be built in the Saint-Denis suburb, approximately 6 miles north of the centre of Paris and close to the existing Stade de France that would serve as the Olympic Stadium. The proposed aquatic facility would host 15,000 spectators during the Games, which would be reduced to 2,500 afterwards, and have two 50m swimming pools, plus 2 additional pools for diving. Unlike the aquatic center used in Rio, this newly built site would be a permanent facility, leaving a legacy to the community and French swimming federation after hosting the Olympic swimming, synchronized swimming and diving events in 2024.
However, with costs of the permanent structure now approaching an estimated $137.5 million/€113 million (in 2024 dollars) and expected only to rise, Le Parisien is reporting that ‘it seems possible that the emergence of a temporary option’ is now on the table. Decisions will become more clear in June when venue expenditures across the entire Paris 2024 campaign will be reviewed. (Inside the Games)
Organizers for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic bid suffered a similar close call with possibly having to switch from a newly built facility, when a cost-saving panel recommended the committee consider utilizing the existing Tokyo Tatsumi International Swimming Center as its primary aquatic venue. Despite the Tokyo 2020 costs surpassing the estimate by over two times even as of last year, swimming will see a brand new facility in the form of the Olympic Aquatics Centre 2 years from now.