Each summer in Paris brings out some of the best world-class sporting events. In 2016, there’s even more for sports fans and travelers to take in.
For your advanced travel planning, here’s the schedule and ticket information for the main events in Paris:
UEFA Euro 2016 – European Football (Soccer) Tournament
Location: Stade de France and nine other stadiums
Dates: June 10, 2016 to July 10, 2016
Metro Stop: Line 13 Saint-Denis Porte de Paris (Stade de France)
Tickets: €25 to €895. Average €140.
The Union of European Football Associations takes the UEFA Euro Tournament to France in June 2016. Europe’s 24 best teams will take part in the tournament, with matches being held at 10 different stadiums in France. The opening match and final will be held at Stade de France just outside Paris.
Cities and Venues for all matches are:
Saint-Denis: Stade de France: 80,000 seats
Paris: Parc des Princes, 48,000 seats
Lille: Stade Pierre Mauroy, 50,000 seats
Lens: Stade Bollaert-Delelis, 38,000 seats
Lyon: Stade de Lyon, 58,000 seats
Saint Etienne: Stade Geoffroy Guichard, 42,000 seats
Bordeaux: Stade de Bordeaux 42,000 seats
Marseille: Stade Velodrome, 67,000 seats
Nice: Stade de Nice, 36,000 seats
Toulouse: Stadium de Toulouse, 33,000 seats
Applications for tickets to the tournament have already been closed. However, the official ticket resale platform reopens from March to April 2016, during which resale tickets are sold at face value.
Note that tickets fall into four categories, denoting the quality of the view from the seat. Category 1 gives the best views, with central positions along the length of the sidelines. Category 2 is corner seats, and Category 3 and 4 are behind the goals.
For more information, see www.uefa.com.
Tour De France
July 2, 2016 to July 24, 2016
Metro Stop: Charles de Gaulle Etoile Line 1,2,6
Tickets: no charge
July 2016 brings back the annual Tour de France cycling race. This is a multi-stage event, featuring hundreds of riders from around the world.
The 2016 Tour will start, for the first time, at Mont Saint Michel in northwest France. It will finish three weeks later, as always at the Arc de Triomphe on the Champs-Elysees in Paris.
Watching the Tour is free. No tickets needed. However, finding a good spot to watch the riders on the Champs-Elysees, or anywhere for that matter, can be a challenge. Try finding a spot around the Louvre and the Tuileries for the final stage in Paris. You’ll often find smaller crowds and better viewing in these two spots.
For more information, see www.letour.com.
French Open – Roland Garros
May 22, 2016 to June 5, 2016
Metro Stop: Port d’Auteuil, Line 10
Tickets: €50 to €300. Average €120.
The French Open at Roland Garros is the second of the four annual Grand Slam tennis tournaments. The French Open is the premier clay court tennis championship, taking place across three courts in Paris – Court Philippe-Chatrier (semi-finals and finals), Court Suzanne-Lenglen, and Court No 1.
The tournament includes seven rounds, and features matches of singles, doubles and mixed doubles.
Ticket prices average €120. However, serious tennis fans can pay much more than that for packages that include player meet-and-greets. Multi-day passes are also available for extended visits. Note that the first Saturday of the two-week event is Kid’s Day.
If tickets prices for the French Open seem to steep, you can watch the whole thing for free on a big screen set up at Eiffel tower.
For more information, see www.rolandgarros.com.
April 3, 2016 8:45 AM
Metro Stop: Charles de Gaulle, Line 1 (start and finish area)
Registration fees €80 to €109
As one of the premier road races in Europe, the Paris Marathon hosts over 50,000 runners from around the globe. Starting line for the Paris Marathon is along the Champs-Elysees near Arc de Triomphe. The race then loops through Paris and finishes 26.2 miles later at Avenue Foch; also near Arc de Triomphe.
The racecourse doubles as a traffic-free tour of the city. Runners pass by Place de la Concorde, Place de la Bastille, the Seine River, Pont Neuf, Notre Dame, Eiffel Tower and of course Arc de Triomphe.
The field of participants is primarily from France, although the UK, USA and Spain are usually well represented. Unlike other premier races, the Paris Marathon requires a doctor’s note, stating “no contra-indication to running in competition”.
Phase one of registration for the race, which offered registration for €80, closed in May 2015. Phase two of registration begins September 8, 2015, where runners can register for €99. Phase three then increases to €109.
On the Saturday before the race, the 5 km Paris Breakfast Run provides another opportunity to see many of the great sights of the city. This is an untimed event, finishing at the foot of the Eiffel Tower.
For more information, see www.schneiderelectricparismarathon.com.