Stade Pierre Mauroy (Grand Stade Lille-Métropole)
|4,965 (Business seats)|
|326 (Press seats)|
|Inauguration||17/08/2012 (Lille OSC - AS Nancy, 1-1)|
|Construction||2009 - 06/2012|
|Cost||€ 282 million|
|Design||Pierre Ferret, Denis Valode & Jean Pistre|
|Address||« Borne de l'espoir », quartier de l'Hôtel de Ville, à Villeneuve-d'Ascq|
Description: Stade Pierre Mauroy
In 2009-2012 a public-private partnership project in Lille brought a new stadium to the city. The 50,000-seater was partly financed by its contractor, Eiffage, which in return will receive partial revenues until 2043. Initially called Grand Stade Lille Métropole, the arena is due to receive a sponsored name as part of revenue streams.
Along with design by leading French architects of Valode&Pistre and Atelier Farret the massive ellipse is covered in LED-lit tubes that allow it to glow at night. One of the facades is indeed a giant screen with two smaller ones installed within it to give a more detailed view of the large projection.
Inside there are stands divided into three tiers of which middle one is dedicated solely to corporate supporters. The ground is very innovative thanks to half-retractable pitch that has not been used in any stadium before. The system provides one part of the field covering the other on massive railings and revealing yet another tier of seating, this time around a smaller field for basketball/volleyball/tennis. Along with curtain dividing the stadium into halves and first French retractable roof it may thus become a indoor arena for concerts and sports events, with the playing field remaining untouched in the ‘closed’ part of the stadium.
The stadium cost €282m to build with further €42m for surrounding parkings, conference and hotel parts of the complex. Furthermore, Lille spent almost €300m on communication to the venue.
Major tenant is Lille OSC, largest football club in the city. However, due to multi-use features of this stadium it is planned to host far more events, also non-sporting ones. In 2016 games of the European Championships are to be played here, when France holds the tournament.
In June 2013 decision was made to rename the stadium in honour of Pierre Mauroy, former prime minister and mayor of Lille.
Euro 2016: Record – almost 2.5 million people!
Just as predicted, Euro 2016 broke all records in terms of attendance. Not even the threat of terrorism could stop people from around the world from filling the stadiums beyond 90%.
Euro 2016: Last game for Lille’s turf
After tonight’s last group game the field at Stade Pierre Mauroy will be replaced by brand new one. It needs to stay in decent condition for “only two” games. But is this possible?
Euro 2016: UEFA’s grounds of concern
Additional lighting and ventilation, patching, even painting. All of these measures have been used to salvage the poorest fields of Euro 2016. UEFA seems to point to the French, but hosts strike back.
Euro 2016: The largest Euro in history
Average capacity of every stadium outgrew all European Championships held in this century. Ticket number highest in history, but how does attendance look so far? Let’s see!
Euro 2016 countdown: 04 – Stade Pierre Mauroy
By far the most multifunctional and experimental stadium in France, with one-of-a-kind foldable field. Although this feature won’t be used during Euro 2016, hopefully.
Euro 2016: Group draw over, here’s the calendar
All group games now set, check out detailed times and locations here. Some tasty fixtures await in June 2016 and we can only guess who will make it to the July knock-out games.
Eurobasket 2015: Lille breaks basketball attendance record
Yesterday’s game between France and Turkey drew over 26,000 people to Stade Pierre Mauroy. The innovative French venue saw half of its stand converted into an indoor arena.
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+!
10+ Ranking 2015: Attendances in Europe (Part 1. The Leagues)
Numbers don’t lie: French Ligue 1 outgrew Italian Serie A as Europe’s fourth largest league. Premier League seems unlikely to catch up to Bundesliga, while Turkey, Ukraine and Scotland are down.
10+ Ranking: Here are the best European clubs by attendance
There are 229 clubs in Europe enjoying on average 10,000 spectators and more. We list all of them to show the Continent’s most magnetic teams. Some fanbases really deserve praise for their participation, right Rangers/Portsmouth?
France: Lens homeless next season?
Redevelopment of Stade Bollaert-Delelis ahead of Euro 2016 will force RC Lens to play outside their home city. Authorities in Lille and Valenciennes would welcome the club at their new stadiums, but host clubs in both cases strongly oppose the move. An info-stades.fr report.
France: Ligue 1 season ticket sales sees four records
According to domestic season ticket summary by info-stades.fr, four clubs of Ligue 1 reached an all-time high. However, only seven team across the country managed to sell over 10,000 season cards.
Lille: First event with half of the stadium converted into indoor arena
This is an unprecedented solution, used first time here in Lille and on Saturday it was given its first event test. Half of the stadium was converted into a closed arena to host Rihanna.
Lille: No sponsor, but a new patron for Grand Stade
Naming rights deal was scrapped, but the new arena in Lille changes its name anyway. The plan is to honour recently deceased mayor Pierre Mauroy, according to info-stades.fr.
Stadium of the Year 2012: 3rd place - Grand Stade Lille-Métropole
Among most popular Nominees from first to last day of the vote, placed in top 5 by readers from all countries. Is 3rd place high or low? Surely a well-deserved podium spot!
Stadium of the Year Nominee: Grand Stade Lille
Largest French stadium opened since 1998 World Cup. One of the most advanced venues ever, possibly with a technical breakthrough. Surely one of the most universal in years. Is this enough for you?
Stadium of the Year 2012: Let the voting begin!
As announced before, starting today you have one month to select your favorite stadium opened in 2012. We have 16 nominees and quite a lot to choose from – retractable roofs, pitches, stands. And each stadium glows in the dark (imagine that!).
Lille: Investor furious over naming rights failure
Isidore Partouche claims he is even willing to completely withdraw from financing Lille OSC (he owns 40% shares) if his naming rights offer isn't treated seriously. He demands a reasonable approach from the municipality who own the new ground.
New stadium: Grand opening of Grand Stade Lille
And so one of the most innovative stadiums is open after 3-year construction. With retractable pitch, retractable roof and impressive illumination of the exterior it surely catches the eye! Also, caught Euro 2016 already and is hunting for more events…