|400 (VIP seats)|
|3,612 (Business seats)|
|198 (Press seats)|
|240 (Disabled seats)|
|Inauguration||22/09/2013 (OGC Nice - FC Valenciennes, 4-0)|
|Construction||08/2011 - 08/2013|
|Record attendance||35,596 (OGC Nice - AS St. Etienne, 07/05/2016)|
|Cost||€ 245 million|
|Design||Wilmotte & Associés, IOSIS|
|Address||Bd des jardiniers, 06200 Nice|
Allianz Riviera – stadium description
Construction of the brand new stadium in Nice lasted almost exactly 2 years, just slightly behind the 22-month earlier estimates. The project was launched ahead of Euro 2016 and capacity was divided into three tiers in order to allow for best capacity and demand – closing upper ring if no need remains for its operation.
The stadium is located at the very western outskirts of Nice, contrary to centrally-located Stade du Ray, its predecessor. In return the ground is just off the main regional highway hub.
Designed by Willmotte et Associees, it reached a high level of interest due to its aesthetics. The outer shell is translucent and light, while roof's photovoltaic panels and wood used in part of the structure earned it its initial name of Nice Eco Stadium upon groundbreaking. Eventually, though, naming rights were bought for at least 9 years by Allianz.
Opening game was held on Sept 22 2013 against FC Valenciennes. The match ended with an impressive 4:0 victory, for a long time remaining the attendance record with over 34,450 people in attendance. New record was set in 2016 during a packed St. Etienne game with 35,596 people inside.
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