Miramas indoor stadium to be a Paris 2024 Olympic Games preparation centre

Pascal Martinot-Lagarde
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Pascal Martinot-Lagarde en route to winning the 2019 French indoor 60m hurdles title (Kevin Mayer alongside him)

The Paris 2024 Olympics Games Organising Committee has propelled the indoor Stadium Miramas Métropole into the international headlines by announcing recently that it will be a preparation centre for the Olympics and Paralympics in the French capital.

The stadium in southern France has only been in existence just over two years, having been inaugurated on 19 October 2018, but has quickly gained a reputation as one of the finest indoor athletics facilities in Europe.

Like all five other World Athletics Certified Indoor Athletics Facilities in France, all the performance areas – the main 200 m track, the central 60m straight lanes, jumps runups and a throwing area as well as a 330m warm-up track under the stands – in the stadium have a surface installed by European Athletics Green Inspiration Partner Mondo.

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Posted by Stadium Miramas Metropole on Friday, 9 October 2020

In Miramas – which with space for 7500 spectators is the third largest indoor athletics stadium in Europe – the track in question is part of the Mondo Sportflex Super X 720 product line.

One of the reasons it was chosen was because Sportflex Super X 720 has  features that mirror those seen on Mondotrack WS tracks, which is the track that was used for the last two World Athletics Championships as well as the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, including the same backing track with hexagonal air cells deform in three dimensions to guarantee an unparalleled combination of shock absorption, energy storage and return which reduces an athlete’s fatigue and risk injury.

Like all Mondo track surfaces, the Sportflex Super X 720 has GREENGUARD and GREENGUARD Gold certification, making it arguably the most environmentally friendly and sustainable track available on the market for stadium architects and managers.

In less than two years, the stadium has staged no less than 27 major domestic athletics meetings, including last year's Mediterranean U23 indoor championships and French indoor championships just a few months after it was opened for business.

Highlights of that meeting, with the track getting plaudits from many of France’s top stars, included Pascal Martinot-Lagarde  – making a return to the stadium after being a guest of honour at its opening  – winning the 60m hurdles in 7.52 and Djilali Bedrani triumphing in an exciting 3000m in 7:51.42, just holding off Jimmy Gressier and Yoann Kowal.

In the field, Jean-Pierre Bertrand sealed his long jump victory by reaching 8.04m, Ninon Guillon-Romarin cleared 4.60m in the pole vault and, at the age of just 20 at the time, Solene Ndama winning the pentathlon title with what was then a world-leading score of 4672 points, just 51 short of the national record she would equal two weeks later at the European Athletics Indoor Championships.

The last meeting to be held at the stadium was the French national U20 indoor championships in February, just before the corona virus pandemic disrupted the continental athletics calendar.  

With international exposure ahead of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games, it seems likely that the Stadium Miramas Métropole and its Mondo Sportflex Super X 720 track will be a magnet for Europe’s top athletes in the coming years.