Paris has doubled down on work to be able to get the facilities it needs to host the 2024 Olympic Games with barely 18 months left before the summer event.
The delay is partly due to the impact caused by Russia’s war in Ukraine, which has affected the steel industry.
One of the phases, which was due to be delivered this summer, will be ready as early as next year – just months before the opening ceremony of Paris on July 26, 2024.
The arena in Porte de la Chapelle, a multicultural, working-class neighborhood in the French capital, will host badminton and rhythmic gymnastics events. It will also be the scene of competitions during the Paralympic Games and is used by local clubs and schools.
Christophe Rosa, deputy representative of the organizing committee for the Games, said that the steel used to build the arena was initially to be supplied by Ukraine.
Steel makers in Ukraine reported this month that output fell more than 70% last year following the Russian invasion and the destruction of key factories.
“We found a solution by sourcing steel from other parts of Europe, including the east, in Poland, but also from factories in southern Europe, to respond to the delay and complete construction in 2023,” Rosa said on Monday.
The sand works required 150 tons of steel, at a cost of 138 million euros ($150 million).
The venue will be dubbed the adidas Arena after the Paris government signed a one-year deal worth 2.8 million euros ($3 million) with the clothing company approved last year.
The arena will have a capacity of 8,000 spectators for sporting events and concerts, and will be the future home of Paris Basketball, a professional basketball team.
Other major construction works included the Olympic Village, residences for 15,000 athletes and other members of the Olympic family, and swimming pools. Both will be in the northern suburbs of Paris.