The jaw-dropping outer appearance, stands, roof and even seats are all in place, just as in renderings. As most works move inside the stadium amenities, grass is showing on the future field.
Already now all of the master structure is in place, including catering facilities encircling the esplanade outside, roof and nearly all sections of the stands. Also, seat installation is almost over, while lighting and sound systems are in place.
In late November sowing of the grass commenced and after three weeks it reaches 5cm in height. Aided by the partly-translucent polycarbonate roof, the field should be strong enough to have lines drawn in late January. From then it should gain durability to hold first games in spring.
Stade Atlantique should eventually close within a bufget of €183 million, some €10 million more than indicated in the beginning. However, delivery time proved better than planned, initially set at April 2015.