Parc des Princes
|4,860 (VIP seats)|
|300 (Press seats)|
|Clubs||Paris Saint Germain FC|
|Renovations||2012, 2013-2014, 2015-2016|
|Cost||FRF 90 million|
|Record attendance||52,950 (France - Wales, 18/02/1989, rugby)|
|Address||24, rue du Commandant Guilbaud, 75016 Paris|
Parc des Princes – stadium description
First stadium in this location was opened back in nineteenth century and had numerous uses, housing final stages of Tour de France for decades since 1902. There were also athletics events, but more importantly, this is where both the football and rugby national teams started their official games, in 1905 and 1906, respectively.
Second stadium on the spot, also a velodrome, was built in 1932. But the current venue’s history began in 1960s, when decision to leave the ground only for football and rugby was made. Visionary architect Roger Taillibert got the task to deliver a unique stadium for both disciplines (thus the field longer than regular football one) and made France proud.
Parc des Princes reopened in 1972 to become one of the world’s most unique venues, far exceeding its time. Visually the form of concrete ‘shell’ was unseen at that time and is currently protected by law to be retained for its value.
Underneath the shell are double-tiered stands that remained almost unchanged until 2012, when preparatory works for Euro 2016 overhaul began. For the event the stadium got a new corporate zone and one for the media. Afterwards stands may be transformed further to increase capacity inside the existing stadium.
What is unlikely to change is the traditional division created by fans of PSG, the most vibrant of whom occupy both end stands – Kop de Boulogne to the south and Virage Auteuil to the north.
It seem impossible to count all the great events that took place here, starting with PSG’s first game in 1973, still as a 2nd league club. Since then the football side became the only permanent tenant with rugby team Stade Francais playing only some fixtures here.
But then come two World Cups, two European Championships, three Champions League finals, two UEFA Cup finals, one Cup Winners’ Cup final, 33 French Cup finals and many, many more matches provided by – for example the national side of France who have treated this venue as national until Stade de France opened in 1998.
How Parc des Princes compares to other Ligue 1 stadiums?
Paris: PSG close to leaving Parc de Princes?!
Talks between Paris Saint-Germain executives and the Paris authorities have failed. The mayor of the French capital has rejected the possibility of selling the stadium at any price. This decision means that the club will almost certainly leave the current venue in the coming years.
France: PSG considering taking over Stade de France?!
Since 2011, Paris Saint-Germain has had almost unlimited amount of money. Despite this, the club has not considered building a new venue and would still like to play at the aged Parc des Princes. However, it appears that moving out seems more realistic than ever.
France: At which stadiums will they play in Ligue 1?
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Four bids are currently in the competition to become the women's Euro 2025 host. Looking at the whole process, at least one trend seems to be emerging: joined bids. Similarly to the competitions to host men’s Euro 2028 or World Cup 2030, that are shaping up, potential organisers are eager to welcome big tournaments but also look for ways to keep the costs down by joining forces.
Stade de France: Les Bleus expelled by National Railways
A temporary relocation has been imposed on the French national team - the game against Kazakhstan is to be hosted by Parc des Princes. The reason may be more complex than the one revealed by the official announcement.
Paris: PSG aiming high with Parc des Princes
Along with introduction of Lionel Messi as the main star of PSG, club president announced the goal is to have 80,000 people per game. That won’t be easy, is it even possible?
Paris: Venue concept approved for the 2024 Olympics
An updated venue concept for the Olympic and Paralympic Games has been approved by the Paris 2024 board of directors. By using mostly existing facilities, Paris 2024 will minimise its investment budget, through a concept with a strong focus on responsibility.
Paris: Green light for ultras to return to Parc des Princes
After six years of ban, organized support for PSG may return to Parc des Princes. Both the club and police gave their approval for the move, even if a cautious one.
New lists: Who got 4 and 5 stars from UEFA?
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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%.
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Euro 2016 countdown: 05 – Parc des Princes
The only stadium of the tournament located directly in Paris, with a great history and bright future. If only it was a bit bigger. But that’s an issue for another time…
Paris: Zlatan to get a stand named after him at Parc des Princes
It was a tremendous season for PSG, ended with records by Zlatan Ibrahimović and the club’s supporters. Now the legendary player will get his stand at Parc des Princes.
Paris: 2024 Olympics could accelerate Parc des Princes expansion
If Paris is chosen as host of the 2024 Olympics, PSG might receive a boost in attempt to expand Parc des Princes by over 10,000 seats. Which would be helpful since it’s full every game.
Paris: Finishing touches at Parc des Princes
New vividly-coloured seats are the last major change fans should expect in Paris prior to Euro 2016. But over the last four years a lot more has changed, even if alterations are not instantly visible.
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.
Paris: Parc des Princes (not) for sale?
Today’s Le Parisien published revelations of planned sale of Parc des Princes. This prompted outrage and quick denial by the mayor’s office. So nothing is on the table?
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