Sports & Races
Paris hosts many prestigious sporting events throughout the year, and tickets should be purchased as far in advance as possible. Free events include the Marathon de Paris (April) and the Arrival of the Tour de France on the Champs-Elysées (end of July).
Annual Sporting Events
February-March: Six Nations Rugby Tournament, Stade de France.
May-June: Rolland Garros French Tennis Open, Stade Roland Garros.
June: French Golf Open (PGA European Tour), Le Golf Nationale (in Guyancourt).
July: Tour de France (Finishes on the Champs-Elysées)
October-November: Tennis Masters Series, Palais Omnisports Paris-Bercy.
October-November: Trophée Eric Bompard (Figure-skating championship), Palais Omnisports Paris-Bercy.
Stade de France
La Plaine St-Denis (93)
Tel 01 55 93 00 00.
Hosts many sporting events including national and international soccer (called football, in Europe ) and rugby matches. Behind-the-scenes tours of the stadium in English are available daily during high season (except during tournaments) at 10:30am and 2:30pm (€10, €8 for students, free for kids under 6).
Palais Omnisports Paris-Bercy (POPB)
Rue de Bercy, 12th
Tel 08 92 69 23 00.
Sporting events include basketball, tennis, martial arts, equestrian competitions and ice-skating.
Stade Rolland Garros
Bois de Boulogne, 16th
M° Porte d’Auteuil
Tel 01 47 43 48 00.
As theprestigious host of international and national tennis tournaments, Rolland Garros was once open only for those with tickets to the matches.But ever since the Tenniseum (Tennis Museum) opened in 2003, visitors can now tour the “off-limits” areas of the stadium (tours Tuesday-Sunday in French and English). There is also a boutique for picking up your own Rolland Garros logo tennis balls or clothing, and a gourmet restaurant with valet parking and garden terrace seating in the summer. Entry at Avenue Gordon Bennet (Porte Mousquetaires). Tel 01 47 43 48 48. Combined tour and museum tickets €15, €10 for kids under 18.