Parc des Princes
|Clubs||Paris Saint Germain FC|
|Renovations||2012, 2013-2014, 2015-2016|
|Cost||€ 75 million|
|Design||Roger Taillibert (1972), Atelier Tom Sheehan (2015-2016)|
|Address||24, rue du Commandant Guilbaud, 75016 Paris|
Parc des Princes – tournament stadium description
Euro 2016 games:
|Turkey 0–1 Croatia||43,842||12/06/2016 15:00||Group D|
|Romania 1–1 Switzerland||43,576||15/06/2016 18:00||Group A|
|Portugal 0–0 Austria||44,291||18/06/2016 21:00||Group F|
|Northern Ireland 0–1 Germany||44,125||21/06/2016 18:00||Group C|
|Wales 1-0 Northern Ireland||44,342||25/06/2016 18:00||Round of 16|
Average attendance: 44,035
Before the tournament
Everyone who ever used the Boulevard Peripherique knows this magnificent sight as this artery plunges directly under Parc des Princes. But not everyone knows that this place in Paris has been used for sports since late 19th century. Current shape of the stadium was created almost exactly when Paris St. Germain was formed, in early 1970s. It’s a landmark and legally protected icon of French architecture.
Euro 2016 investment
Already before France was awarded the tournament, debate over the future of Parc des Princes was lively. It took the current course after Qatari Sports Investment had taken over at PSG, accepting the obligation to privately run upgrades at the stadium worth a total of €75 million.
Largest changes covered the western main grandstand, where spectacularly lavish hospitality areas were created, including private boxes, lounges and a skybar hanging above the stand. Additional changes throughout the stadium include new seats, additional rows in the front and cleaning of the concrete façade.
Not only the mentioned Boulevard makes this stadium special. After all, there a few other football grounds with major avenues running under them. But this one also lies just 17 meters away from another major stadium in Paris, Stade Jean Bouin! It’s also within a short walk away from the Roland Garros tennis complex (500m north). Two important subway lines serve the stadium, running along its east and west sides. They provide convenient connection to crucial areas and landmarks of Paris, like the Eiffel Tower, standing just a few stations away.
Its raw concrete exterior may not be as extraordinary today, in the era of multimedia stadiums. But the “razors” supporting the concrete shell remain an icon of local skyline and the structure is aging with grace. No wonder legal protection was introduced, as the Roger Taillibert design earned a special place in Paris and indeed French sports architecture.
The seating bowl provides two continuous tiers without obstructed views, though some obstructions were introduced due to additional fencing of the away enclosure. Distance of end zones from the field is a disadvantage, because the stadium was designed with rugby in mind and left too much room for football configuration.
Effective operation of the stadium should be no cause for concern. After all, PSG have been enjoying occupancy of well over 90% since acquisition by QSI. In fact, the problem is how to expand the stadium to 60,000 or even more and meet the needs of Paris St-Germain.
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: 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: 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?
New design: Can this be the future Parc des Princes?
PSG are clear about their desire to increase capacity of their home stadium. This vision by an international team of architects addresses their ambitions. But can it come to fruition?
Paris: Mayor supports Parc des Princes expansion
PSG are celebrating their 5th domestic title at the moment, but their stadium hardly meets demand or potential. Mayor Anne Hidalgo supports expansion to 60,000, contrary to her predecessor.
Euro 2016: Upcoming changes at Parc des Princes
Before the UEFA tournament changes will be rather modest, but not cheap. With a budget of €75 million for the project, Parc des Princes will increase its revenue potential significantly.
Paris: PSG confirm next 30 years at Parc des Princes
This ends any speculations over a move to Stade de France or building a new stadium. Paris Saint-Germain have reached an agreement with the city and will extend their stadium lease to 2043.
Paris: “Parc des Princes shouldn’t grow to over 60,000”
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.
Paris: Parc des Princes renovation to start in November
Works financed by Paris municipality are expected to start within a month. Next year the Qatari owners are to take over and start their redevelopment. Still, the stadium won't reach its desired capacity in time for Euro 2016.
Paris: PSG wants to rebuild Parc des Princes
New Qatari president of PSG suggests the club will opt to completely rebuild the ground and raise capacity to 60,000. Second choice would be less impressive renovation of current stands. Moving to Stade de France wasn’t named as any option – info-stades.fr suggests.