Parc des Princes

Capacity47 294
CountryFrance
CityParis
ClubsParis Saint Germain FC
Inauguration 04/06/1972
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

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Description: Parc des Princes

Euro 2016 games:

GameAttendanceTime (local)Stage
  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.

Location

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.

Architecture

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.

Euro 2016 stadium planStands

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.

Legacy use

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.

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