EURO16: Stadiums

EURO16 will be played in ten different stadiums across France this summer. From the 80,000 seats at the Stade de France (Saint-Denis) that will host seven matches including the opening match and Final, to the Stadium de Toulouse with its reduced 33,000 capacity, all will be cauldrons of football fever come June.

You can see all ten stadiums on the map below, along with a brief overview of each. You can even get directions if you feel the need!

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Stade de Bordeaux

The 42,000 seat Stade de Bordeaux is a brand new 184m Euro stadium and home of the Bordeaux club. It will host four Group matches and one Quarter-Final.

Being brand new, it wasn’t used during the 1998 World Cup – the previous Bordeaux stadium, Stade Chaban-Delmas, was used though.

Stade Bollaert-Delelis, Lens

The Stade Bollaert-Delelis was built in 1933 during the Great Depression. It was originally an oval stadium, but square stands were added in the seventies. 70m Euros were spent upgrading the stadium ahead of EURO16. Interestingly, the 38,000 capacity is greater than the population of the grounds home town of Lens.

The ground will host three group matches, including England’s clash with Wales, and one Second Round match.

Stade Pierre Mauroy, Lille

This stadiums retractable roof can be opened or closed in just 30 minutes. The 50,000 seat stadium will play host to six matches, including Second Round and Quarter-Final matches.

It was originally called the Grand Stade Lille Métropole, but was renamed in 2013 after the death of the former Lille Mayor (1973-2011) and French Prime Minister (1981-84), Pierre Mauroy.

Stade de Lyon

The 59,000 capacity Stade de Lyon is the newest and most expensive stadium in EURO16. At a cost of 509m Euros it is the only French stadium owned by its club – all the other French clubs rent their grounds.

The stadium is usually known by the more romantic name Stade des Lumieres (the Stadium of Lights) but will be known by its more functional name during EURO16, Stade de Lyon.

Stade Velodrome, Marseille

The Stade Velodrome is the most-Southerly venue this Summer. Originally built for the 1938 World Cup, the Stade Velodrome gets its name from the cycle track it originally incorporated until its removal in 1985.

Its 67,000 capacity is the second largest of EURO16 and will host six matches including a Quarter and Semi-Final.

Stade de Nice

Usually called the Allianz Riviera, this new multi-purpose stadium also houses the French National sports museum. It’s an eco-friendly ground, using the wind for air-conditioning, solar panels for power and recycles rain water.

Four matches will be hosted in the 36,000 capacity stadium which was built in 2013.

Parc de Princes, Paris

The Parisian stadium can boast a considerable history having already hosted two World Cups and two European Championships as well as the 1956 European Cup Final. Home to Paris St-Germain (PSG), the stadium has been re-built two times (1932 and 1972) since its original construction in 1897.

PSG’s Qatari owners hope to increase capacity to 60,000 in the near future.

Stade de France, Paris

The Stade de France will host the opening game (France v Romania) and the Final of EURO16. It was built for the 1998 World Cup in which France were crowned world champions after their 3-0 win against a lacklustre Brazil in the final.

The 80,000 capacity of the national stadium is the largest of the EURO16 venues and will host seven matches, and is the only venue not to have needed modernising ahead of the tournament.

Stade Geoffroy Guichard, Saint-Etienne

The home of Saint-Etienne is a steep-banked ground where the crowd are right on top of the players. It goes by the names Le Chaudron (The Cauldron) and L’enfer Vert (Green Hell) – both appropriate names for such a tight ground which has had its capacity increased to 42,000 for EURO16 by filling in the corners.

Originally, the Stade Geoffroy Guichard was a reserve venue for the tournament until the number of teams was increased from 16 to 24. Now it will host four matches including England’s final Group match against Slovakia.

Stadium de Toulouse

The Stadium de Toulouse is actually built on an island in the river Garonne! The capacity has been reduced to 33,000 for EURO16 to accommodate the wider seats required by UEFA. Toulouse is in French Rugby heartland and as such, the football team’s only success was a French Cup win in 1957.

The ground will host four matches including a Last-Sixteen encounter and like Saint-Etienne was originally listed as a reserve venue.

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