|Clubs||Olympique de Marseille|
|Inauguration||13/06/1937 (Olympique Marseille - FC Torino, 2-1)|
|Construction||25/04/1935 - 05/1937|
|Renovations||1971, 1983, 1997-1998, 2011-2014|
|Record attendance||61,846 (Olympique Marseille - FC Toulouse, 19/10/2014)|
Stade Vélodrome – tournament stadium description
Euro 2016 games:
|England 1–1 Russia||62,343||11/06/2016 21:00||Group B|
|France 2–0 Albania||63,670||15/06/2016 21:00||Group A|
|Iceland 1–1 Hungary||60,842||18/06/2016 18:00||Group F|
|Ukraine 0–1 Poland||58,874||21/06/2016 18:00||Group C|
|Poland 1-1 (3-5p) Portugal||62,940||30/06/2016 21:00||Quarterfinal|
|Germany 0-2 France||64,078||07/07/2016 21:00||Semifinal|
Average attendance: 62,125
Before the tournament
As the name suggests, it actually had a velodrome inside after opening in 1937 and the structure remained for decades before Olympique’s popularity forced the cyclists out. First, temporary stands were mounted atop the track and finally before the 1998 World Cup all of the stands were rebuilt.
Only a small part of the western grandstand was left of the old structure. After reconfiguration it accommodated 60,000 people on stands that had no match worldwide in terms of shape. Since late 1990s it became a question of how the stadium should be covered and improved further. But, despite several concepts being drawn, none of them was as bold as the one carried out.
Euro 2016 investment
As required in an international design+build+operate tender of 2010, the stadium was expected to grow by 5,000-7,000 and receive full cover, as well as complete upgrade of its infrastructure. The scheme was fit for both Olympique’s needs and Euro 2016 requirements.
Both ends were left without changes, while the east stand received an upper tier (reaching a stunning size of 22,000!). Only the west side was demolished entirely and rebuilt to reach its current height of 65 metres. All of it was covered with a new canopy and , despite having only one new stand built, the new stadium seems nothing like the old one. Price of the project proved very steep at nearly €270 million ($365m), with funding spread over 30 years.
The stadium lies just 3km south of the city centre along a straight line. That line is called Rue de Rome, Avenue de Prado or Boulevard Michelet, depending on which part of this wide and picturesque avenue you’re in. Either way, it’s a 30-minute walk or a much shorter bus trip. The stadium also lies at the end of the city’s southern subway line, making it convenient to get to.
The winning design by SCAU is so monumental that… it received some criticism! Marseille is predominantly low-rise so a stadium of such immense size (65m tall!) dominates the south’s skyline, standing out from the urban fabric. This was even seen in its jury rating during our Stadium of the Year vote, though obviously the jury were also impressed by its dynamic and imposing outer shape. Though covered by “standard” PTFE membrane, the roof is one-of-a-kind piece of architecture and engineering! Also on the inside the dome makes a humbling impression with its size.
New seating layout didn’t minimize flaws of the old one. This includes compromised sightlines on both ends (growing distance to the field) and part of the east stand. Then again, new additions surely improve what was previously on offer and the viewing conditions are surely decent.
Particularly impressive are the east and west sides. East stand holds a stunning number of 22,000 people, while the west side is smaller only due to accommodation of almost all corporate clients. With roughly 60 skyboxes and 6,000 business seats, it’s still a towering wall of 19,000 people. Added hospitality space of 7,000 square meters also makes it a good facility to commercialise not only on matchdays.
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: UEFA’s grounds of concern
Additional lighting and ventilation, patching, even painting. All of these measures have been used to salvage the poorest fields of Euro 2016. UEFA seems to point to the French, but hosts strike back.
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: France lost their first weekend
One death, 116 arrests and unending (though largely exaggerated) reports of violence – that’s the outcome of first 3 days of Euro 2016. Serious changes need to come in crowd management and policing.
Euro 2016 countdown: 02 - Stade Vélodrome
This time next year the stadium will be turning 80, but it’s as young as ever thanks to a lavish redevelopment that made it Marseille’s largest building.
Marseille: Orange grabs Vélodrome naming rights
For the upcoming decade the legendary stadium in Marseille will be called Orange Vélodrome. While official value of the deal wasn’t revealed, estimates put it quite low.
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.
Marseille: Vélodrome opened after reconstruction
Already on the first night it saw an all-time attendance record. After over three years of reconstruction Stade Vélodrome is now ready for Olympique and for Euro 2016.
Marseille: “Pharaonic project” too expensive for Olympique?
We’re only one month from Ligue 1 season opening and Olympique has no stadium for their league games. The stunning Stade Velodrome will be ready in time, but far too expensive as well…
Marseille: New roof without need for supports
After almost two years, the unique dome of Stade Vélodrome is able to support itself without temporary pillars. The structure weighs 6,000 tons, but still seems very airy and lightweight.
Marseille: Velodrome revamp nearing completion
The precast concrete structure is ready. Now last phases of the roof works begin as steel girders are to be installed atop the new Tribune Jean Bouin.
Marseille: Roof installation over last stand begins
2014 begins impressively in Marseille, where the very last side of Stade Vélodrome just began receiving its cover. This marks the last major phase of the famous stadium’s redevelopment.
Marseille: Main grandstand going up
Eventually this stand alone will be able to accommodate 19,000 people! But for now work is on ground level, soon expected to go upwards, reaching 8 floors. Arema-Velodrome.com report.
Marseille: Megacrawlers arriving at Vélodrome
There are Just a few of those in Europe. Two will soon start installing the roof of Marseille’s largest stadium. Each weighs 29 tons and can lift up to 1,250 tons of load, investor informs.
Marseille: Fast pace of roof frame construction
Already over 30% of the steel frame that will support future Ganay Stand roof is in place. The skeleton is to be done in September and the project manager is happy with progress, official website informs.
Marseille: What’s new at Vélodrome?
Today at 1700h fans will first see their beloved stadium since the last season. In the meantime Ganay stand’s second tier has been completed and now works moved on to the roof – club informs.
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!