Paris 2024 Olympics: All About The Châteauroux Shooting Center

The competitive shooting venue at the Paris 2024 Olympics is the Châteauroux Shooting Center, where the first medals of the Games will be awarded in mixed 10 meter air rifle.

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posted on July 10, 2024
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Built on a former military camp, the Châteauroux Shooting Center in Châteauroux-Déols, France, will host all 15 shooting events during the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, with the first event on July 27.
Photo courtesy Paris 2024/IOC

At the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, all the shooting events will take place at the Châteauroux Shooting Center (Centre National de Tir Sportif) locatedin Déols, near Châteauroux, France. (Châteauroux is about a three-hour drive south of Paris.)

Paris 2024 Olympic shooting events will be held at Châteauroux from July 27 to August 5. In addition, the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games will commence August 28, with shooting events starting at the same venue on August 30.

The first medal to be awarded out of all the sports at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games will be a shooting event—Mixed Team Air Rifle at the Châteauroux Shooting Center on July 27. (Read our guide to watching Paris 2024 Olympics shooting events.)

The Châteauroux Shooting Center is one of the largest competitive shooting venues in Europe, with several indoor and outdoor ranges spread over more than 240 acres. During the Paris 2024 Games, the center will host 15 Olympic shooting events, as well as 13 Paralympic shooting events. The range became the official Paris 2024 Olympics shooting venue in 2022.

Officially opened by the French Shooting Federation as a French federal training site in 2018, the Châteauroux Shooting Center was designed to host national, European and international competitions.

Several large matches have been hosted at Châteauroux in the past, including the 2017 World IPSC Handgun Championship and 2018 World IPSC Shotgun Championship, as well as the World Para Sport Championships.

More background on the Châteauroux Shooting Center: “The French Shooting Sports Federation wanted people to be able to participate in all 12 shooting sports disciplines in one and the same place. In 2012, it took advantage of the opportunity to acquire 80 hectares of La Martinerie (a former military camp), in Châteauroux-Déols. The members of the French federation helped to raise 80% of the funding required for the new Centre, with national and regional support. Work started in March 2016, the main building work was finished in August 2017 and the fitting out of the different ranges went on until the inauguration in May 2018.”

As for the facilities, here’s a small sampling of what Châteauroux has to offer: 10-meter range (80 electronic targets), 25-meter range (60 electronic targets), 50-meter range (80 electronic targets) and five clay target shooting ranges for skeet, trap and double trap. There are also 300-meter and 600-meter rifle ranges, metallic silhouette competition, benchrest competition, practical shooting bays that can handle distances ranging from 25 to 200 meters, plus field and match crossbow ranges. Additionally, Châteauroux will be able to accommodate up to 3,000 athletes, spectators and staff each day during the Paris 2024 Games.

USA Shooting is sending 17 rifle, pistol and shotgun athletes to compete at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. See the full roster of U.S. shooting athletes here.

Shooting Sports USA staff will be in Châteauroux to cover shooting events at the Paris 2024 Olympics. Be sure to visit the website for daily updates. Additionally, don’t forget to subscribe to the free Insider newsletter.

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