Stade de France
|6000 (VIP seats)|
|Inauguration||28.01.1998 (France - Spain 1-0)|
|Construction||05.1995 - 12.1997|
|Rcord attendance||81,100 (France - Algeria, 20.03.2010)|
|Cost||€ 364 mln|
|Design||Michel Macary, Aymeric Zublena, Regembal Michel, Claude Costantini|
|Address||Zac du Cornillon Nord, 93200 Saint-Denis|
Description: Stade de France
Opened by president Jacques Chirac in late January 1998, the Stade de France is the largest venue of the country and holder of many records, including international ones. Since 1998 it played host to attendance-record rugby games and the most attended 2nd league game domestically (Red Star – St. Etienne in 1999 with over 48,000 tickets sold). Most importantly however it is the only venue in the world to host a World Cup final in both football (1998) and rugby (1999). Then come Champions League final and soon Euro 2016 final as well.
Designed by renown architects Macary and Zublena, the ground has a very distinctive roof – its most unique feature. Supported by just 46 slender columns the steel construction weighs a massive 13,000 tons, which equals 1,5 Eiffel Tower. It hangs 46 meters above the pitch and from the outside seems to levitate like a flying saucer. The flat roof follows the elliptic shape of athletics track, meaning to symbolize the universal character of sport.
Under the impressive roof are three tiers of seating with capacity depending on event. Lowest of the tiers is retractable, enabling for football/rugby-configuration or an athletic one. Changing from one to another takes about 80 hours and decreases capacity of this level from 25,000 to some 20,000. That means capacity for football stands at 81,338 and around 75,000 for athletics events. Largest crowds gather at concerts, though. Capacity then is at around 90,000, but record for a U2 gig stands at over 96,000. Due to frequent events involving spectators on the pitch, grass is relayed several times a year.
That seems to be a necessity however, as the stadium needs extra funding due to lack of anchor tenants. No club plays there, so the French government pays an annual subsidy for the ground to operate. Other sources of income are largest football and rugby events and of course concerts, with track and field bringing less profits.
first redevelopment took place in 2006 with new giant screens being the most distinctive part of the works. Another will be happening before Euro 2016 which will bring yet another cup final to the stadium.
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: 01 – Stade de France!
The giant from northern Paris ends our Euro 2016 countdown just hours before opening game. This building underwent almost no changes, because it’s stunning as it is!
Paris: Euro 2016 safety fears after cup final
It’s supposed to be the safest stadium on earth when Euro 2016 kicks off in less than 3 weeks. But Saturday’s French Cup final showed some issues remain, raising new doubts.
Paris: Another blow for national rugby stadium?
The French Tribunal of Auditors gave a negative opinion regarding the idea of second national stadium within Paris. It would damage Stade de France’s position, though initiators aren’t moved by that argument.
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: Stade de France bombings as they happened
There’s so much misinformation around that we ask you to take this with a grain of salt. But that said, here’s the most reliable version of events we were able to find so far.
2024 Olympics: IOC confirms five candidates
No last-minute surprise in the race to host 2024 Olympics. Only the well-established bids we already know were submitted to the IOC. Budapest, Hamburg, Los Angeles, Paris and Rome are in.
2024 Olympics: Paris joins the pack
Strong European competition emerges in the fight for the next available Olympics. Paris was expected to launch the bid for a few years now, making yesterday’s announcement less surprising.
Paris: Public report against new national rugby stadium
Authors of a senatorial report strongly suggest not to build the new 82,000-capacity stadium in Ris-Orangis, south of Paris. In their opinion it may pose a threat to Stade de France. Info-stades.fr report.
Paris: New giant stadium in the suburbs
Just as declared, today FFR announced the preferred location of their new national stadium. Not in Paris itself, but in the well communicated suburbs of Evry. Time to see the venue that will overgrow Stade de France.
Paris: Location of France’s largest stadium on Friday
It will be the biggest competition to existing Stade de France, so no wonder it’s going to stand on the opposite side of Paris. Two locations are available and the final decision will be made on Friday, June 29th – info-stades.fr reveals.