England's field hockey team takes part in a test event for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games at the Yves-du-Manoir Stadium. GETTY IMAGES

In the heart of Colombes, a suburb of Paris, stands the majestic Yves-du-Manoir Stadium, a beacon of sporting heritage and excellence with a legacy that transcends time. 

The International Hockey Federation (FIH) revealed how this historic arena is preparing once again to witness the electrifying spectacle of hockey in the 2024 Olympic Games in a press release.

The stadium was the proud host of the 1924 VIII Olympiad, welcoming athletes and spectators from across the globe to celebrate the pinnacle of sporting prowess. Among the events that captivated the world was hockey.

Fast forward a century later, and the echoes of history reverberate once more as the Yves-du-Manoir Stadium gears up to reclaim its place on the Olympic stage. Players, coaches, and fans alike eagerly await the chance to etch their names alongside the legends who once graced these hallowed grounds. 

For the athletes, competing at Yves-du-Manoir will be more than just a quest for gold; it'll be a homage to those who paved the way before them. When they step onto the pristine turf, they will feel the presence of past champions, their spirits fueling the determination to strive for greatness.

It's not just the athletes who will feel the weight of history. Spectators will become part of a tradition that goes back a century, bound together by a shared love for the game and a reverence for the venue that has borne witness to triumphs and defeats alike. 

When the first whistle blows and the game begins, the air will crackle with excitement, and the stadium will come alive once more. Every pass, every tackle, every goal will be greeted with roars of approval — a testament to the enduring passion for hockey that transcends generations.

On 4 and 5 May, a test event was held to conduct all the operational checks of the Yves-du-Manoir Stadium ahead of the Olympic Games Paris 2024. Various junior and senior teams were in action and the athletes were buzzing as they spoke to us after their matches and shared their excitement about hockey at the upcoming games. 

“It is a beautiful stadium and I can’t wait to see it once it is branded fully and filled with fans for the Olympics. The whole team is excited and we are thrilled to be involved in the test event," said Nike Lorenz, captain of the German women’s hockey team.

Niklas Wellen, player of the tournament and gold medal winner at the recent FIH Hockey Men’s World Cup 2023, said, “We can already feel that the atmosphere in the main stands will be absolutely electric. It’s been a good experience for us to get to know the stadium and I really like it.”

Tony Estanguet, President of the Olympic Games Paris 2024 Organising Committee, was in attendance at the test event in the Yves-du-Manoir stadium and spoke about the significant history of the arena.

“The Yves-du-Manoir stadium has been a very important part of the French sports movement and we are excited to be back here," he said. One hundred years after we had the opening ceremony and many other events in the stadium during the 1924 Paris Olympics, we are proud to have hockey played here in this historic venue.

“We are looking forward to the fans filling up the stadium and bringing an amazing atmosphere. The entire country is ready and excited for Paris 2024, we just need you fans here and we look forward to having you," he added.