Vue panoramique de Nice
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THE PREPARATION CENTRE FOR THE 2024 GAMES: Nice Côte d'Azur

Nice, capital of the County of Nice and the Côte d’Azur is located in a vast hilly cirque that opens onto the Mediterranean, at the foot of the Alps for which it forms the natural outlet to the sea thanks to the valleys of the Var and its tributaries and to the Paillon. Throughout history, this location has always afforded it a key strategic and political position, disputed between many States.

THE SPORTS HALL

The Sports Hall is an omnisports facility in Nice, located within the sporting complex at the Charles-Ehrmann sports park, which also includes the Charles-Ehrmann Stadium. Built in the 1970s and commissioned between 1975 and 1984, the Sports Hall was renovated in 2012. It now has a capacity of 1,450 with a field measuring 60 x 32 m, changing rooms and a weights room.

The resident team at this site is the OGC Nice Côte d’Azur Handball, which plays in the women’s first division.

Several sporting activities can be practiced in the Nice Sports Hall: jumping, basketball, badminton, handball, mini handball, volleyball and athletics.

THE CHARLES-EHRMANN STADIUM

The Charles-Ehrmann stadium, formerly the Stade de l’Ouest, is an athletics stadium in Nice within the Charles-Ehrmann sports park sporting complex. It was inaugurated in 1973 and hosted the French athletics championship in 1974, the European Cup of Athletic Nations in 1975, and also the 7th French-speaking Games in 2013.

This site has two athletics tracks, one 400 m and the other 250 m, a throwing area, jumping areas, throwing circles for the discus, hammer and shotput a javelin runway, changing rooms, a weights/cardio training room and administrative units. The total capacity of the stadium is approximately 8,000 seats.

The stadium’s athletics track, measuring 400 m, has 8 lanes, and 9 in the straight. It is in the shape of a basket handle.

In addition to practicing athletics and football, it is also a location for major summer concerts, especially as it stands next to the Palais Nikaia.

CAMILLE MUFFAT SWIMMING POOL

The Plaine du Var Olympic-sized swimming pool in Nice was inaugurated at the end of 2013. In 2015, this complex paid homage to the Olympic champion (2012) Camille Muffat, who died in an accident, by renaming it in her honour.

It is the exclusive training area for top-flight athletes – in particular the Olympic Nice Natation (ONN) swimmers – notable participants in the Olympic Games.

This site includes an Olympic-sized outdoor pool (50 x 25 m) and a central building equipped with changing rooms, a weights room, a treatment room and offices.

LES COMBES SPORTS COMPLEX

The Les Combes sports complex is a 7-hectare centre located in a park enhanced by a palm grove and a lake to the west of the town. Its calm and landscaped environment allows for very enjoyable sporting practice.

The complex has 27 tennis courts: 14 clay courts with lighting (including 4 covered) and 13 hard courts (of which 11 with lighting) and 2 paddle tennis courts with lighting.

You can also practice fitness here in a 200 m² gym with all the equipment needed to stay in shape (cardio-training and weights), but also swimming thanks to its summer swimming pool.

LES ARBORAS STADIUM

The town of Nice, the leading partner of rugby in the Nice area, boasts the Les Arboras complex, a 6-hectare area with infrastructures suited for playing rugby and American football.

The rugby stadium measures 130 x 75 m and is part of the “Cité des sports” rugby centre. It boasts stands that can hold up to 2,375 spectators, a 400 m² weights room and 4 changing rooms.

It is also regularly chosen by the French (national) Rugby Team for training courses.

ROAD CYCLING CENTRE

The Nice road cycling centre has exceptional quality roads that allow access to the best French training roads located in the Côte d’Azur.

The roads around the town of Nice offer a variety unique in France in terms of the desired change in altitude. The Côte d’Azur has some wonderful loops!

“Olympians” exhibition at the National Sports Museum

The National Sports Museum was established in Nice in 2014. The only place of memory, promotion and conservation of sports heritage in France, it is endowed with nearly 45,000 objects and 400,000 documents treating the sports phenomenon from a cultural and scientific perspective. The National Sports Museum offers its visitors an immersive and interactive permanent tour as well as a temporary exhibition that allows them to discover a very specific universe of sports history.

To celebrate the return of the Olympic and Paralympic Games in France, the National Sports Museum will open a new temporary exhibition in 2023: “Olympiennes” (Women Olympians) deals with the subject of women in the Games and in sport in general.

Excluded from the Olympic movement at its rebirth, women have taken decades to acquire their rightful place. A journey long lined with prejudice and prohibitions, but fortunately sowed with great memorable firsts on which this exhibition returns.

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