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Dôme de Paris

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Dôme de Paris
Palais des Sports de Paris.jpg
Exterior view of venue (c.2008)
Full name Dôme de Paris—Palais des Sports
Former names Palais des Sports (1960-2015)
Address 34 Boulevard Victor
75015 Paris, France
Location 15th arrondissement
Owner Société d'exploitation du palais des sports
Capacity 4,600
Broke ground 1959
Opened 1960
Renovated 1975, 2002
General contractor Eiffel
Venue Website

The Dôme de Paris (originally the Palais des Sports) is an indoor arena located in the 15th arrondissement of Paris, France. The closest métro station is Porte de Versailles.


The venue was built in 1959 to replace the old Vel’ d’Hiv at the Porte de Versailles. With a capacity of 4,600 seats, it was the largest venue in Paris. The architects and engineers created a dome with the lightest structure ever designed in the world made of 1,100 aluminium panels.

Since its first season, it has presented shows and concerts, such as Dalida, Johnny Hallyday, Sylvie Vartan, the Harlem Globetrotters, and Holiday on Ice in addition to events such as boxing matches.

Over the years, people from all over the world have come to the Palais des Sports to see music hall and sports legends, dancers, ice skaters, circus shows, musical shows (Les Dix Commandements, Le Roi Soleil) and other shows such as ones directed by Robert Hossein, a pioneer in big French shows.

It is one of the best venues in Paris and offers good acoustics and visibility wherever you are sitting.

Noted events



  • 1961: Rudolf Nureyev - Ballet du Kirov - La Belle au bois Dormant
  • 1970: Maurice Béjart - Opéra de Paris - Oiseau de Feu
  • 1971: Maurice Béjart - Nijinski fou de dieu
  • 1972: Ballet du Théâtre du Bolchoï
  • 1973: Roland Petit - Pink Floyd / Maïa Plissetskaia - Ballet de Marseille
  • 1975: Ballet de l'Opéra de Paris
  • 1975: Alvin Ailey
  • 1975: Ballets Sibériens de Krasnoiarsk
  • 1976: Rudolf Nureyev - London Festival Ballet - La Belle au Bois dormant
  • 1977: Festival Nureyev - Scottish Ballet
  • 1978: Rudolf Nureyev - London Festival Ballet - Romeo et Juliette
  • 1979: Maurice Béjart - Ballet du XX° Siècle - Boléro, Sacre du Printemps, Gaîté Parisienne
  • 1980: Ballet Mazowsze
  • 1982: Ballet Mazowsze
  • 1987: Roland Petit - Ballet de Marseille - L'Ange Bleu, Pavlova
  • 1988: Patrick Dupond - Ballet de Nancy
  • 1988: Alvin Ailey
  • 1989: Ballet National d'Espagne
  • 1989: Ballet de Nancy
  • 1990: Ballets Roumains
  • 1992: Entrez dans la danse
  • 1992: Rafael Aguilar - Carmen
  • 1993: Ballet Moisseiev
  • 1995: Rafael Aguilar
  • 1996: Maurice Béjart - Tokyo Ballet - Boléro
  • 1998: Antonio Gades - Carmen - Fuenteovejuna
  • 1998: Danse pour la Vie
  • 1998: Ballet Impérial de Russie
  • 1999: Maurice Béjart - Béjart Ballet Lausanne - Mutationx - Le Presbytère
  • 2003: Ballet de Corée - Roméo et Juliette / Shim Shung
  • 2003: Alvin Ailey
  • 2005: Maurice Béjart - Béjart Ballet Lausanne
  • 2006: Maurice Béjart - Béjart Ballet Lausanne - Best Of / Zarathoustra
  • 2007: Maurice Béjart - Béjart Ballet Lausanne - Best Of / Amor 4x20
  • 2007: Marie-Claude Pietragalla - Conditions Humaines
  • 2008: Maurice Béjart - Béjart Ballet Lausanne - Soirée Igor Stravinsky
  • 2008: Maurice Béjart - Béjart Ballet Lausanne - Tour du Monde en 80 Minutes



  • 1975: Potemkine
  • 1978: Notre-Dame de Paris
  • 1983: Un Homme nommé Jésus
  • 1985: Jules César
  • 1987: L'Affaire du courrier de Lyon
  • 1990: Dans la nuit la Liberté
  • 1993: Je m'appelais Marie-Antoinette
  • 1995: Angélique Marquise des Anges
  • 2002: C'était Bonaparte
  • 2007: Jean-Paul II


  • Holiday on Ice (regularly from 1960-99)
  • Dalida show, show americaine (by Dalida 1980, from 5 to 20 january, every evening in front of sold out arena: 18 giant shows with 30 musicians, 12 dancers, 12 breathtaking outfits and choreography directed by Lester Wilson, first time in history of France)
  • Lord of the Dance (1998/2005/2008)
  • Sleeping Beauty on Ice - Imperial Ice Stars (2008)
  • The Blue Man Group (2008)

One man show

This page was last edited on 5 November 2018, at 02:57
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