Stade Raymond Kopa

Capacity19 350
Country France
ClubsAngers SCO
CategoryDesign implemented
Cost€ 35 mln
Construction2017 - 2022
Design Studio d’Architecture Bruno Huet
Contractor EGDC, Briand


Stade Raymond Kopa – design description

Almost 30 years have passed since last thorough reconstruction of the facility (1993). The first major revamp in the 21st century was divided into phases. How many of them will be, it is not known yet. The plan is to rebuild all stands.

We know that the first two phases are for Colombier (south) and Saint-Léonard (east) stands. Time will come later for other two tribunes and the final effect is to resemble an "English stadium", where auditorium is close to the playing field. Three rectangular stands, covered with a flat roof, will be complemented by a tribune with a wavy roof.

The first stage (2017-2018) ended with commissioning of a rectangular stand behind the goal (Colombier) with a capacity of 4582 seats. It replaced the old crescent-shaped structure.

In the second stage, which is to be implemented in 2020-2022, a new main grandstand (Saint-Léonard) with 5,139 seats (including 25 boxes) will be built and covered with a cantilevered roof. At its highest point, it will be 21 metres.

Office spaces are planned at its rear and two amphitheatres in the corners with 350 and 250 seats. There will be a restaurant and event rooms at the back of the upper level. All this will provide income for the club outside of match days. Upon completion of Saint-Léonard tribune, lighting masts will be removed and LED floodlights will be installed on the roof top, designed to provide 2,500 lux.

Coubertin and Jean-Bouin stands are also to be reconstructed, but at a later date. The first one is a modular structure. Club's management would like to transform it into a permanent structure based on reinforced concrete. Its facilities would fulfill service functions.

Jean-Bouin tribune is to be moved towards the pitch and partially lowered. Such a solution would allow for obtaining an additional several hundred seats. Ultimately, at least two corners of the stands are to be built up. The space of the other two will be used for planned parking lots. 

In addition, a building with an area of 8,000 square metres is to be erected on a plot of 3,600 square metres right next to the stadium, where a brewery, fan shop and service premises are planned.