Sports in Paris have many sides. The most prestigious sports competitions are the Roland-Garros clay ground tennis tournament, the Paris Marathon, one of the most scenic in the world, the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe horse race in Bois de Boulogne, the final stage of the Tour de France cycling race down the Champs-Elysées. The city has three major venues for sports events: Stade de France, Parc des Princes and AccorHotels Arena. Tips for practicing sports. Trip to Paris.
The city has many sides. It is too a great city for sport lovers. The top annual sport events in the city are Roland-Garros Tennis Tournament in June, one of the top ATP tennis competitions and the traditional final circuit of the last stage of Tour de France in Champs-Elysées end of July.
The Paris Marathon in April is one of the most scenic urban marathons in the world. Register early as it is always fully booked in advance. The semi-marathon and the 20km race are also very popular. Check Paris Marathon page.
The Paris Masters, also called Rolex Paris Masters, are a top ATP competition taking place in AccorHotels Arena. There are two world class racecourses, Longchamp and Auteuil, in Bois de Boulogne, where some of the most prestigious races including Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, Prix du Jockey Club, Prix de Diane, Grand Steeple Chase de Paris, are run. Information on France Galop web site.
There are four world class sport arenas in the city. Parc des Princes is the stadium of Paris Saint-Germain, one of the best soccer teams in Europe. The AccorHotels Arena stages first class sports events, including tennis, basketball and handball competitions. Stade de France is the venue of international rugby and soccer competitions. It hosted France 98 Soccer World Cup final (France beat Brazil) and Rugby 2007 World Cup final (South Africa beat England). Paris La Défense Arena is used for rugby and indoor sport events.
It is always possible to practice sports in the city: swimming pools (list), tennis courts (list), sports and fitness centers are widely available. Aquaboulevard combines a water park with waves and slides, a sport and fitness center.
Many people jog in parks and gardens. With Velib, it is possible to rent bicycles anywhere anytime in the city, combining sports and sightseeing. Information.
Enjoy sport in the City of Lights.
Played in free access courts, basketball is very popular.
In the shade of the aerial passage of the metro line 6, the playground Glacière, located under the Glacière metro station, line 6, recalls the atmosphere of New York grounds.
Created by the clothing brand Pigalle and Nike, the basketball court, 17 rue Duperré in Pigalle, near Montmartre, got a makeover in early 2020. The new design was imagined by creation Ill-Studio, in collaboration with Nike and Stéphane Ashpool, creator of the Pigalle Basketball brand. A few steps away is the Pigalle Basketball brand store created by Stéphane Ashpool, stylist and basketball coach. In 2007, Stéphane Ashpool worked with the city hall of the 9th arrondissement of Paris to transform the parking lot on rue Duperré into a basketball court. Open daily 12pm to 6pm.
Europe’s richest and most prestigious horsqe race, the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, takes place over the first weekend of October each year in the city.
The race attracts the very best thoroughbreds and the top international jockeys from around the world. It takes place at the Longchamp racecourse in Bois de Boulogne.