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ParisLongchamp RacecourseLongchcamp becomes ParisLongchamp

After two years of extensive building work, in 2018 Longchamp racecourse has become ParisLongchamp! More than 160 years after the racecourse was first opened, a new chapter in the history of this renowned horse racing venue has begun.

In its new glass-covered Grandstand building, designed by architect Dominique Perrault, ParisLongchamp treats visitors to a whole new racing experience: no pillars hinder the views from the Grandstand, a 180° panorama that was carefully studied to heighten the experience of watching the racehorses in action on the legendary ParisLongchamp turf; flowing traffic to enable visitors and horseracing professionals to move freely from one place to another in less than 2 minutes; an extended parade ring; 500 screens for watching the races; and the odds distributed all around the grounds.

ParisLongchamp is recognised worldwide as a highly challenging course. Every year, several of the season’s most prestigious flat races are held on the Parisian racecourse: no fewer than 17 of the 27 Group 1 races, the highest category of flat race.

The highlight of the flat season is the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, the world’s greatest horse race, which is held on the first weekend in October. This exceptional race is contested by the very best racehorses on the planet coupled with top-class jockeys. Thousands of spectators from all over the globe watch the race from the racecourse’s Grandstand. 

In a bid to fulfil its mission to encourage the public to mingle and share experiences, ParisLongchamp will host a series of new events during the 2018 season. Every Thursday from May to July, visitors can enjoy evening races blended with a superb after-work social scene at the Jeuxdi by ParisLongchamp events. The racecourse will also be open on non-race days as a new dining, event and concert venue. ParisLongchamp is set to become the new, unmissable hang-out in Paris!

Do not miss:

  • 8th April – Gates open
  • 29th April – Official opening of ParisLongchamp: Book now!

http://www.parislongchamp.com/

How to get there ?

2 Route des Tribunes, 75016 Paris

ParisLongchamp Racecourse closed its doors to the public for two years of refurbishment on October 5, 2015, the day after the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. Like in 2016, the 2017 edition of the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe will take place at Chantilly Racecourse. Longchamp re-opens in Spring 2018.

For further information

Services

  • Bureau de Change

  • ATM

  • Binocular rentals

  • Gift shop

  • Easy Racing area: Understand racing, learn to bet.

Prices

 Internet presaleReduced price (1)Full  price

Parking (Internet presale)

Parking (D-D)
WeekdayOn-site sales only3 €5 €OfferedOffered
Saturdays (2, 30 june - 22 sept.)5 €8 €1013 €5 €
JeuXdi by ParisLongchamp (17, 24, 31 may - 7, 14, 28 june - 5, 12 july)5 €8 €1013 €5 €
Sundays - Grands Prix 4 * (8, 15 april - 13 may - 10 june - 2, 9 sept. - 21, 28 oct.)6 €8 €1013 €5 €
Abu Dhabi Poules d'Essai des Pouliches et des Poulains -  Grand Prix 4 * (13 may)6 €8 €1013 €5 €
ParisLongchamp Garden Party - Juddmonte Grand Prix de Paris -  Grand Prix 4 * (14 july)6 €8 €1013 €5 €
Qatar Arc Trials  - Grand Prix 4 * (16 sept.)6 €8 €1013 €5 €
Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe - Grand Prix 5 * (6, 7 oct.)30 €32 €3515 €10 €

For futher information and tickets: billetterie.france-galop.com

Reduced price: for those that have a France Galop Club card, students, over 60s, job-seekers, and those accompanying handicapped people. 

Free entry for under 18s, PMU card holders (except Grand Prix 5*), and handicapped people.

Main events

  •   April 29 - Official opening of ParisLongchamp
  •   September 16 - Qatar Arc Trials
  •   October 6-7 - Week-end du Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe

Schedule of upcoming races

Date Racetrack Start Races To note Ground Premium
24/04/2018 PARISLONGCHAMP 11h40 Plat : 8
Prix : FINLANDE (Listed)
Autre(s) course(s) à noter :
Prix : DU PANTHEON
Prix : GROS CAILLOU
Prix : DE SOLFERINO
Terrain Premium
29/04/2018 PARISLONGCHAMP 13h30 Plat : 8
Prix : GANAY (Grp. I)
Autre(s) course(s) à noter :
Prix : DE BARBEVILLE (Grp. III)
Prix : ALLEZ FRANCE (Grp. III)
Prix : DU PONT NEUF (Listed)
Premium
03/05/2018 PARISLONGCHAMP 12h10 Plat : 8
Prix : DE L'AVRE (Listed)
Autre(s) course(s) à noter :
Prix : GOLD RIVER (Listed)
Prix : DE CHEVILLY
Prix : FOLIE ST-JAMES
Premium
06/05/2018 PARISLONGCHAMP 13h35 Plat : 8
Prix : D'HEDOUVILLE (Grp. III)
Autre(s) course(s) à noter :
Prix : DES LILAS (Listed)
Prix : DE LA SEINE (Listed)
Prix : MAURICE ZILBER (Listed)
Premium
13/05/2018 PARISLONGCHAMP 13h35 Plat : 8
Prix : ESSAI POULAINS (Grp. I)
Autre(s) course(s) à noter :
Prix : ESSAI POULICHES (Grp. I)
Prix : DE ST-GEORGES (Grp. III)
Prix : COUPE D'EUROPE
Premium

ParisLongchamp in numbers

Around 30 meetings a year;

Capacity 50 000 people;

57 hectares, including 17 hectares of turf tracks;

46 different starting points;

5 tracks, 4 of which are concentric:
A large right-handed track of 2,750 metres;
A middle right-handed track of 2,500 metres;
A small right-handed track of 2,150 metres;
A new right-handed track of 1,400 metres;
A straight-line track of 1,000 metres.

History

The Champ-de-Mars, where autumn race meetings were held in increasingly difficult conditions, was clearly not fit for purpose and so under the pressure of the Duke of Morny, the Bois de Boulogne was chosen as the location for a new Paris racecourse.

In 1856, the Paris municipality granted la Société d’Encouragement the site of La Plaine de Longchamp, which had previously formed part of the estate of the eponymous Abbey. One year later, on 27 April 1857, the first meeting was held in the presence of Napoleon III and Empress Eugénie, as well as a great many of the numerous racing enthusiasts who belonged to high society during the Second Empire. The first winner at Longchamp was the appropriately named Eclaireur, meaning Pathfinder in English.

In 1863, the Grand Prix de Paris was created. It remained the most lucrative race in the world up until the First World War.

The three wars endured by the capital would not leave the racecourse unscathed. It was bombed during the Siege of the Paris in 1870, and during the First World War was transformed first into a stockyard and then into a field hospital by the Americans, before finally being used an airfield.
In the period between these two conflicts, the wooden stands were rebuilt in stone (in 1904). Today, it is still possible appreciate their grandeur as one of the stands in the middle of the home straight has been preserved.

Between the two World Wars, Longchamp regained its former lustre. On the day of the Grand Prix de Paris, it regularly received more than 100,000 spectators, spread between the the scales area, the weighing room, and the viewing lawn.

In 1943, Longchamp was bombed again, including during a race meeting, because the Germans had transformed the viewing lawn into an anti-aircraft position.

In truth, this was not the first time that Longchamp had played host to the military. From 1867, military reviews had taken place on the tracks, and from 1880, when the 14 July had become a national holiday, Longchamp was the site of a military parade, attended by tens of thousands of spectators. The latter lasted until 1923.

Between 1962 and 1967, the stands were again partially rebuilt in a similar style to the constructions they replaced, which were all moved from the site by rail.

Forty years later, the stands were suffering all the more seriously from the ravages of time and France Galop decided to build a ‘New Longchamp’. Dominique Perrault was chosen as the architect.

The demolition work started the day after the 2015 Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and will continue until Autumn 2017, in time for a planned reopening the following spring.