Stade Maurice Dufrasne (Stade de Sclessin)
|Clubs||R. Standard de Liege|
|Renovations||1925, 1940, 1973, 1983-1985, 1995-1998|
|Record attendance||38,034 (Standard de Liège - Juventus FC, 20.10.1982)|
|Address||Rue de la Centrale 2, 4000 Liege|
Stade de Sclessin – stadium description
First stadium in this location was built back in 1909, but numerous revamps made today’s ground completely different. In 1925 it grew to 20,000, then in 1940 to 30,000. Finally, highest ever capacity, supposedly in excess of 40,000, was reached in 1970s.
With Standard getting all-time high crowd in 1983, capacity started falling afterwards. New eastern stand was built in 1985, while massive three-tier C-shaped stands were established on remaining three sides in 1998, in time for Euro 2000. North end is usually taken by home fanatics, known for vibrant support and left-wing sympathies. The south end has a modest away section.
Since Euro 2000 the stadium holds around 30,000 people, though plans of expansion came in 2009, after a centenary of football in the district of Sclessin (thus the popular nickname). Hopes for new stands were revived as Belgium and the Netherlands were applying for 2018 World Cup (with increase of up to 50,000 seats planned), but their bid eventually lost to Russia.
Belgium: Execution of Standard Liege stadium project on hold
Spring 2021, it seemed that any moment now one of Belgium's most successful teams would be playing in an ultra-modern facility. Several months after receiving renewed approval from the Liege city council, the investment was eventually suspended.
Belgium: Standard with final green light, reconstruction can begin!
After years of efforts there are no more procedural obstacles. Now it’s up to Standard to deliver the €100-million redevelopment of Stade de Sclessin. How long will it take?
Belgium: Sclessin with green light (again)
After forced changes into the entire scheme, Standard de Liège have once more received the green light from the municipality. This means reconstruction of Stade Maurice Dufrasne is back on track.
Belgium: Liège gives green light to Sclessin revamp
Standard Liège has reasons for optimisim despite the ongoing pandemic. The city hall has given its approval for the stadium reconstruction project. While conditional, the green light was necessary.
Belgium: Witsel invests in future Standard stadium
Borussia Dortmund midfielder Axel Witsel has appeared on the list of investors in Standard Liège's real estate vehicle, which is hoped to deliver stadium redevelopment in a couple years.
Belgium: Standard reveals high stadium budget
Though only one grandstand will be built from scratch, reconstruction of Stade de Sclessin will cost more than any other Belgian stadium project delivered in recent history. Should everything go well, construction will begin in second half of 2020.
New design: Standard's new standard
For the first time since Euro 2000 the stadium in Liege will see a major change. If the club get their way, its famous three-tiered stands will finally be enclosed, while all visitors should receive a new standard of services.
New design: Standard’s ambitions in images
As announced last year, Standard de Liege is planning a major upgrade of Stade de Sclessin. With up to 40,000 capacity, it will be among Belgium’s best stadia in 2020.
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Belgium: Expansion plans in Liège
No major redevelopment since Euro 2000. So about time to change that, according to Standard president Bruno Venanzi. He wants 7,000 new seats in three years.