Stade du Pays de Charleroi (Mambourg)
|Clubs||R. Charleroi SC|
|Other names||Stade du Mambourg (1939-1999)|
|Renovations||1999, 2000, 2012-2013, 2014-2015|
|Address||Boulevard Zoé Drion 19, BE-6000 Charleroi|
Stade du Pays de Charleroi – stadium description
When it was opened, back in 1939, it wasn’t called the way we know it now, but Stade du Mambourg. Decision to change the name came 60 years later, in 1999. This was a completely new venue by then, rebuilt vastly for Euro 2000.
Existing main stand was accompanied by three new grandstands, with most impressive one, having three tiers of seating, built right opposite. Its third tier was dismantled after the tournament due to low demand and roof was lowered to cover the remaining levels of seating.
Despite relatively short existence after the 1999 redevelopment, in 2010 decision was made to build a new venue as this one no longer complied to regulations. New venue’s capacity is to be similar to this one’s, though at one stage there was plan to make it even 45,000 – on condition that Belgium and Netherlands would host the 2018 World Cup, eventually granted to Russia.
During the 2012/13 season decision was made to reduce capacity further, leaving just over 14,000 seats. Upper tiers of the original structure were demolished and completely cahnged the stadium's appearence. In 2014 the terraces were covered, bringing it back to the times before Euro 2000. Later black and white seats were installed in the east stand, matching club colours better. In 2020, to satisfy UEFA's requirements, new LED lighting was added to existing lights.
Belgium: Here's the possibly game-changing plan from Charleroi
We were expecting a full design presentation, that didn't happen. But key features of the new Sporting Charleroi stadium have been presented. It could become the first ground Europe's top leagues to be fully covered, without a sliding roof.
Belgium: Zebras with new lights, soon a new stadium
The stadium used to host Euro 2000 but now it's nearly obsolete. To make sure it meets UEFA requirements it received LED lights but on September 21 presentation of the new stadium in a different part of the city is planned.
Belgium: Sporting Charleroi announce new stadium plan
You're not mistaken – they do play at a Euro 2000 venue, which was then downsized and is now too small to cope with expectations. That's why by 2024 there should be a 20,000-22,000 seat stadium some 5 km away from the current one.
New design: New enclosure for the Zebras
You know this stadium very well, it was the most unique venue of Euro 2000. But in this form we’re showing it for the first time, a year before reconstruction begins.
10+ Ranking 2015: Attendances in Europe (Part 2. The Clubs)
Borussia, Barca and Man United – lovely dominant trio. But it wasn’t them who gained most fans last season. Check all 217 clubs that draw an average crowd of 10,000+!
Belgium: Former Euro stadium failed to meet UEFA regulations
It used to be perhaps the most impressive stadium of Euro 2000. But after resizing and recent Europa League qualification of Sporting Charleroi, it proved not eligible for international games any more…
Charleroi: Euro 2000 stadium reduction finalised
After 14 years Stade du Pays de Charleroi is back to its pre-Euro size. Instead of 30,000 it’s just over 14,000 in capacity, while further changes are expected to come next year.
Belgium: Stade de Charleroi drastically downsized
Past attendances raising hopes of a spot in the European elite are now the past for Racing Charleroi. So is the famous three-tiered east stand. In fact, the Euro 2000 stadium looks nothing like it used to, now it's a secondary venue for a relegation-spot club.