Stade Jean Bouin
|Clubs||Stade Français Club Athlétique des Sports Généraux, Red Star FC 93|
|Inauguration||30/08/2013 (Stade Français - Biarritz Olympique, 38-3)|
|Cost||€ 110 million|
|Design||Agence Rudy Ricciotti|
|Address||20-40, Avenue du Général-Sarrail, 75016 Paris|
Description: Stade Jean Bouin
First stadium in this location was built in 1925 and was later expanded in 1975. But, as is indicated by the patron’s name (Jean Bouin was a famous runner), it was a multi-use stadium with athletic track surrounding the sports pitch.
As Paris submitted the bid to host 2012 Olympics, it was envisaged that a new stadium would be built here, accommodating field hockey, among other uses. Despite the tournament being granted to London, the plan went forward with rugby superpower Stade Francais at its heart.
In late 2007 famous architect Rudy Ricciotti was selected to design it after he filed a unique idea of stadium covered with thousands of concrete prefabs. Well over 3,500 of almost identical elements form the external cladding of the stadium, all with unusual and dynamic shape that results in the new stadium’s exciting texture, hardly comparable with any other.
Work on implementing the vision began in 2010 (though regular construction followed in 2011) and lasted until summer 2013. With a budget of some € 110 million Paris received a new 20,000-seater without the former running track, which was relocated. Both fans and extensive commercial spaces and 500-car underground parking are topped with a roof supported by 74 girders.
Interestingly, the distinctive bowl of Paris’ new concrete stadium is literally several meters away from the city’s first and most famous concrete giant – Parc des Princes.
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Stadium of the Year 2013: Last 24 hours to vote
It’s been exactly 30 days since we started the Stadium of the Year competition. Now we enter the final 24 hours of the vote. If you haven’t selected your favourites, now is the time!
Nomination: Stade Jean Bouin
“Paris has one impressive stadium covered with concrete”. This sentence would have been true, but since 2013 there are two concrete arenas standing just several meters apart.
Stadium of the Year 2013: Let the vote begin!
It's time to start the selection process. For the next month you can thoroughly review all candidates and make your move, selecting 2013's Stadium of the Year. The world's largest open competition of this kind begins now!
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Famous architect and designer of current PSG home claims the stadium should retain its current size with only minor changes. According to him Parc des Princes ages well and lost nothing of its unique vision over the years.
New stadiums: Paris and Montpellier (rugby)
We can’t honestly remember the last time we added a rugby-specific stadium to our database, but these two deserve to be presented among France’s best football stadia. Especially that the newest one lies just meters away from Parc des Princes.