France: Milestone reached in Saint-Etienne

source: GeoffroyGuichard2016.com

France: Milestone reached in Saint-Etienne Weighing over 200 tons, the massive truss that will support future roof is now hanging over stands. Hanging quite literally, as it’s hooked on two cables above the future 8,000-strong southern kop stand.

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Pre-Euro 2016 redevelopment of Stade Geoffroy-Guichard is in full swing. After finishing the north stand expansion, workers are now revamping the west side and south end. The second one received a second tier balcony.

According to plans the stand as whole will hold 10,000 people, with 8,000 of them lower tier Kop. Just as a reminder, Saint-Etienne is one of unique clubs worldwide that have two vocal supporter sections, behind both goals.

Although most of the south kop concrete structure was retained, it may not be too easy to recognize in August, when the changes are done. A whole new roof structure will be added atop the new upper tier.

Previously roof had two massive columns in the way, obstructing the view for thousands of spectators. Now there also are two large columns, but their only role is to temporarily support the main roof truss, weighing 218 tons. Steel cables were used to raise the large bar to its location (25 meters above ground) on Wednesday. You may see the outcome on photos below:

Stade Geoffroy-GuichardPhoto: GeoffroyGuichard2016.com

Stade Geoffroy-GuichardPhoto: GeoffroyGuichard2016.com

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