Stade Geoffroy Guichard
|Design||Atelier Chaix & Morel et Associés, ARCH, IOSIS|
|Contractor||Léon Grosse Groupe|
|Address||14 rue Paul et Pierre Guichard, 42028 Saint-Etienne|
Stade Geoffroy Guichard – tournament stadium description
Euro 2016 games:
|Portugal 1–1 Iceland||38,742||14/06/2016 21:00||Group F|
|Czech Republic 2–2 Croatia||38,376||17/06/2016 18:00||Group D|
|Slovakia 0–0 England||39,051||20/06/2016 21:00||Group B|
|Switzerland 1-1 (4-5p) Poland||38,842||25/06/2016 15:00||Round of 16|
Average attendance: 38,753
Before the tournament
It’s got quite some history and part of it is in the name. Geoffroy Guichard bought this land in 1930 and built the first stadium, one that exists today. Well, not exactly that one, because initially it had room for 1,000 people and a running track. But growing popularity of ASSE led to gradual expansions and reached peak in 1984, with over 48,000 capacity. With that phased changes and vibrant atmosphere the stadium earned its nickname Le Chaudron (Cauldron).
Euro 2016 investment
Just a year before France was awarded Euro 2016 hosting rights, AS St.-Etienne were planning a brand new stadium worth €200 million. That plan fell through and public investment ahead of the tournament was never going to reach such levels. That’s why an economic plan was drawn to expand the stands to over 40,000 again and build a brand new roof over 3 stands to remove pillars obstructing view. Of course with much extended infrastructure for fans, both regular visitors and corporate ones. All in all it was to cost under €60 million, but ended up 10 million above that estimate.
The Cauldron stands in northern Saint-Etienne, close to another landmark building, the Zenith auditorium. The stadium is just 2km north of the centre, so within walking distance. It also has decent connection with public transport (trams and buses), while motorists can use the A72 bypass to access it.
Design in Paris, the stadium became truly monumental after the recent revamp. Irregular geometric shape covered the stands with both new roof and façades (east stand’s roof was retained and incorporated into the new arena). Without consistent aesthetics throughout the building and enclosed corners the stadium seems more intimate inside even though it still has 4 independent grandstands.
Existing stands were left largely unchanged, perhaps most importantly behind goals, where two large terraces (kops) are located. During league games fans were offered seats without backrests to step on them without fear of damaging the plastic, while for events like Euro 2016 backrests unfold to meet UEFA all-seating criteria. One major change is that small second tiers were built above each kop, increasing the capacity for Euro 2016 to some 42,000.
In terms of following AS Saint-Etienne are among France’s most popular clubs. Regardless of results on the field attendances are high and since the redevelopment ended in 2014 average crowds never went lower than 30,000 per game. Keeping up such numbers will secure long-term use of the stadium without it becoming an economic burden.
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: 06 – Stade Geoffroy Guichard
Looking at it today it’s really hard to believe that underneath its modern outer skin are the same stands that hosted the 1998 World Cup. Meet the legendary Cauldron!
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.
Saint-Etienne: New south stand opened with smoke signals
After just over a year of reconstruction works the Kop Sud was inaugurated on Saturday. Stade Geoffroy-Guichard is growing and supporters once again prepared a special show for the opening, according to info-stades.fr.
France: Milestone reached in Saint-Etienne
Weighing over 200 tons, the massive truss that will support future roof is now hanging over stands. Hanging quite literally, as it’s hooked on two cables above the future 8,000-strong southern kop stand.
France: “Geoffroy” will grow further
As the south stand is being slowly dismantled, mayor was able to convince councilors to approve his plan of increasing capacity in this part of Stade Geoffroy-Guichard. A modest increase, but an important one, too.
New designs: How Euro 2016 venues will NOT look like
Today we take you on an unusual journey across France to see rejected bids for Euro 2016 host venues. They may have lost, but surely are worth a closer look!