Parc des Princes

Capacity47 929
4,860 (VIP seats)
300 (Press seats)
Country France
CityParis
ClubsParis Saint Germain FC
Inauguration 04/06/1972
Renovations 2012, 2013-2014, 2015-2016
Cost FRF 90 million
Design Roger Taillibert
Record attendance 52,950 (France - Wales, 18/02/1989, rugby)
Address 24, rue du Commandant Guilbaud, 75016 Paris

Description: Parc des Princes

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.

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