Controversy continues over ticket prices for the 2024 Paris Olympic Games. Although the organization announced a million tickets, 10% of the total, at 24 euros and the reservation of tickets for the most disadvantaged, the truth is that the prices to watch the finals of major sports such as athletics force the wallet to scratch. To get a seat at the Stade de France on any given afternoon, you’ll have to pay at least €85 for the worst seat in the stadium.
This affects the athletes, who see how their families and friends must pay a high price to cheer them on at the stadium, as only two passes are given per athlete. One of the best French athletes to finally voice his opinion is Jimmy Grasier, the European record holder in the 5km route, who described the prices as “astronomical”. “I feel like it’s abused a lot. How can we put such a high price on our sport? It’s basic, a sport within everyone’s reach, where there are no big stars,” Grasier reflected. did, expressing concern that relatives would cost him between €6,000 and €7,000 to take 10.
For example, if Grasier competes in the 10,000m final, prices to see him range between 85 and 690 euros, depending on the area of the stadium. If you run the 5,000m range, the prices for that morning are between €24 and €170. And if you qualify for the 12.5-lap final, which is held on the last night of the stadium, you’ll have to pay between €125 and €980 to watch it, taking into account that The latter is mostly priced in. site. ,
Grasier delivered his criticism last week of buying tickets for individual sessions between May 9 and 11 after a 48-hour phase in which they were sold in packages. All those people who had registered before 20th April and got the prize in the draw have been able to access it.
The French long-distance runner hasn’t been the only one to raise his voice. Belgian Nafisatou Thiam, who will seek his third heptathlon Olympic title in Paris, the most in history, lamented in March that he was not sure his family could travel to neighboring Paris to see him . “The cost of tickets, travel, accommodation is …”, he reflected. “I find it a shame that when you come to the show after a lifetime as an athlete, your family can’t be there because it’s too expensive.”
Heptathletes compete over two days over four athletics seasons, meaning that in order to see Thiam’s full medley, his relatives will have to pay a minimum of €258 for the worst seats at the Saint-Denis stadium and €250 if they wish. 2,010 has to be paid. Get a seat where they can be relatively close to the action.