Stadium de Toulouse
|Other names||Mini Wembley (nickname)|
|Renovations||1949, 1997, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2013-2016|
|Record audience||37,000 (Toulouse - Marseille, 13/02/1999)|
|Cost||€41.5 million (2013-2015)|
|Design||Cardete Huet Architectes, Atelier Ferret|
|Address||1, Allée Gabriel-Bienes, 31400 Toulouse|
Description: Stadium de Toulouse
Opened in 1937 this stadium was located in the central park of Toulouse, on an island on Garonne river. Due to its early allure it was called as “Mini Wembley” and first came to international attention in 1938, when FIFA World Cup came to town. Another World Cup came after 60 years, in 1998. Third so far, this time in rugby, was played in Toulouse in 2007.
Since 1930’s it went through two major revamps of which the 1997 one gave it the current form. Then in 2001 an explosion in nearby factory caused severe damage, prompting FC Toulouse to temporarily move out. In 2005 it became the 2nd ground in France after Stade de France to have high quality giant screens and in 2007 all seats were changed to purple-white.
In 2009 the stand occupied by most vibrant supporters was renamed. Its current patron is Brice Taton, a fan killed by hooligans during UEFA Cup away trip to Belgrade.
Before Euro 2016 the stadium underwent another thorough redevelopment. Despte not altering its shape visually, the building changed significantly. Most of the grandstands were built from scratch to provide better sighlines and improve atmoshpere.
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15 national associations expressed interest in hosting of the 2019 finals. Champions League, Europa League, Women’s Champions League and Super Cup will be decided among 19 stadia!
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: 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: 09 – Stadium de Toulouse
The smallest host stadium of Euro 2016 is a peculiar case: it looks almost as it did in 1938 despite so much work carried out inside.
Euro 2016: Toulouse avoided fireworks
Not literally, because there was a pyrotechnic display on Saturday, during the symbolic reopening. But Stadium de Touluse seemingly hasn’t changed much. Well, seemingly.
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.
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
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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.
France: Time frame for Toulouse revamp announced
Despite the redevelopment bringing capacity down instead of increasing it, works will be carried out throughout the stadium. Before Euro 2016 each stand will be reconfigured – info-stades.fr reports.