Stade de France is the national stadium of France situated in Paris, the capital city of France. It is also the home of French Rugby Union Team. Let us know more about this stadium.
Stade de France – The Home of French Rugby Union Team
Basic Information about Stade de France
Full Name: Stade de France
Address: ZAC du Cornillon Nord, 93216 Saint Denis, Paris, France.
Nearest Public Transport Points: Paris Metro Station, Stade de France, Saint – Denis (Paris RER) and Gere de La Plain – Stade de France
Owners and Operators: Consortium Stade de France
Capacity: 81, 338 fans
No. of Executive Suites: 172
Size: 105 x 70m
Built on: 2nd May 1995
Opened on: 28th January, 1998
Architects: Michael Macary, Aymeric Zublena, Michael Regembal, Claude Constantini
Why the Stade de France Built?
There was a long discussion in France for having a national stadium in the country for a while. When France was chosen to host the 1998 FIFA World Cup, the decision was declared in 1992 the France Football Federation decided to make a commitment towards building a national stadium which has over 80000 fans holding capacity. The last time such stadium for a specific sporting event was built 70 years back when France built Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir for the Olympics.
The Stade de France is constructed in such a way that it has a covered athletics track as well and it also has a movable stand. The stadium is fully equipped technically as well as in the Stade de France you can be directed by a specific software to find your seat in the stadium. The only mistake which was found in 2012 was the non availability of underground heating when a Six Nations Rugby Tournament game between France and Ireland had to cancel due to it.
The French Football team and the French Rugby Union team are technically the tenants of Stade de France and many international football and rugby union matches in which France was involved are played here. Although the interesting part is that Paris’s local rugby union team Stade Francaise has been given a status of semi tenant as it doesn’t hold all its home game here. Apart from football and rugby, the annual Motorsport event is also held here. In 1999 the annual ‘Meeting Areva’, the athletics meet was also hosted by Stade de France.