France: Stade Rennais consider building a new stadium

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France: Stade Rennais consider building a new stadium French Ligue 1 club Stade Rennais have embarked on a feasibility study to consider the requirements for a new stadium. Their current stadium, Roazhon Park, is too small for the needs of the growing club, so Les Rouges et Noirs are thinking of moving out.


Recent seasons have been really successful for Stade Rennais. The club has been in the UEFA cups continuously since 2018/19 and they managed to appear in the group stage of the Champions League in 2020/21. The Red-and-Blacks, who are part of Groupe Artémis, are of the opinion that their current home venue Roazhon Park is too small for their growing needs.

Roazhon Park© Michael Seiss

The stadium, owned by the city of Rennes, has a capacity of 29,000 spectators and over the last 1.5 years, has been sold out for virtually every game. According to a report in the Ouest-France newspaper, Stade Rennais considered expanding their current stadium, but this was ruled out due to the challenges of its location on the banks of the Vilaine river. The club, is now considering building a new 40,000-seat facility.

Ouest-France reports that the stadium would be located near Roazhon Park, on an industrial wasteland opposite the ring road to the west of Rennes. Stade Rennais last year entered into a new long-term lease to remain at Roazhon Park and received approval from the local council to carry out a major upgrade of its training pitch.

The lease agreement between the club and the city of Rennes runs for 20 years. Local media report that the club will pay €341,000 per year for the lease, plus undisclosed allowances related to operating profits.

Roazhon Park© Léo