Toulouse misses out as Paris 2024 confirms football venues

The organising committee for the 2024 Olympics in Paris has confirmed that Bordeaux, Lyon, Marseille, Nantes, Nice and Saint-Etienne will join the capital as host cities for the men’s and women’s football tournaments at the Games.

Toulouse had also applied to be one of the host cities but missed out as organisers looked to scale back the venue plan as part of cost-cutting measures. The Stadium de Toulouse was used as a host venue for France’s staging of the 2016 European Championships and will also host matches during the 2023 Rugby World Cup.

The Stade Pierre-Mauroy, home of Ligue 1 club Lille, will also be used as an Olympic host venue but will stage handball matches and not football.

The Parc des Princes, home of Paris Saint-Germain, had already been pencilled in to stage the finals of the men’s and women’s football tournaments.

It has been confirmed today that the Parc des Princes will be joined by Bordeaux’s Matmut Atlantique, Lyon’s Groupama Stadium (pictured), Marseille’s Orange Velodrome, Nantes’ Stade de la Beaujoire, Nice’s Allianz Riviera and Saint-Etienne’s Stade Geoffroy-Guichard.

Organisers had initially intended on using nine venues for football matches at the Olympics before the plans were scaled back.

Details of a new venue masterplan for the Games were confirmed last month amid a continued cost-cutting drive by organisers, with the key change outlined being the distribution of sports across facilities.

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