Stade de France: French stadium capacity, location, facts and video tour

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Two Champions League finals have been held at the stadium, won by Real Madrid and Barcelona respectively

Built in preparation for the 1998 World Cup, Stade de France is one of the largest and grandest stadiums in the world.

Despite its youth compared to other grounds, France’s fantastic national stadium has already hosted many iconic sporting events.

So if you are going to visit, OBJECTIVE brings you everything you need to know.

Where is the Stade de France?

Address: Stade de France, 93216 Saint-Denis

Google Maps: For more information on the stadium, click here

The Stade de France is located in the Parisian suburb of Saint-Denis, about 3 km north of Paris.

If you are driving, the A1 (which crosses the heart of Paris) and the A86 pass directly in front of the stadium. Take exit 2 Stade de France from the A1 and exit 9 La Plaine Stade de France from the A86.

You can take the RER (Metro extension) to get to the stadium by public transport. Both RER B and D lines can be taken from Châtelet station (10-minute journey) and Gare du Nord station (5-minute journey). If you take line B, get off at La Plaine Stade de France station. If you take line D, get off at Stade de France Saint Denis.

Alternatively, regular metro lines can also take you to the ground; take line 13 from Monsparnasse, Invalides and Saint-Lazare and get off at Saint-Denis Porte de Paris station.

When was the Stade de France built?

Construction of the stadium began in 1995, and it officially opened on January 28, 1998, with a friendly match between France and Spain. Zinedine Zidane scored the first and only goal of the match.

The conversation about a new national stadium in France began in July 1992, following the country’s selection to host the 1998 FIFA World Cup.

At the time, no stadium in France could hold more than 45,000 people and the tournament required a stadium with a capacity of 70,000 or more.

The Stade de France hosted nine World Cup matches in 1998, including the final between France and Brazil, which saw Didier Deschamps lead his side to their first-ever World Cup trophy.

The stadium is owned and managed by the Consortium Stade de France.

What is the capacity of the Stade de France?

The Stade de France has a capacity of 80,698, making it the seventh largest stadium in Europe.

Which teams play at the Stade de France?

Separated from French football and rugby teamsthe Stade de France has no regular tenants. French Stadiuma rugby club in Paris, became part-time occupants.

Paris Saint-Germain had the option of moving to the Stade de France when it was initially built, but decided to stay at the Parc des Princes.

Does the Stade de France host music concerts and other events?

Stade de France has hosted a number of major concerts including performances by superstars such as Bruno Mars, Rihanna, Eminem, Coldplay and many more.

The stadium regularly hosts rugby matches, including the 2007 Rugby World Cup final.

The Stade de France was built to host sporting events, it hosted the world athletics championships in 2003, as well as the Meeting Areva athletics meeting from 1999 to 2016.

The Race of Champions was also held at the stadium in 2004, 2005 and 2006.

What is the Stade de France seating plan?

A seating plan for stadium football and other events can be found on the room plan website.

Can you book a visit to the Stade de France?

The Stade de France offers guided tours of the stadium including visits to the dressing rooms, the players’ tunnel, the pitch and a museum dedicated to the construction of the stadium and the events that have taken place since.

Tours are available every day of the week, although this may vary on event days. French tours are available between 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., while English tours are available twice a day at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Tours cost €15 (£12) for adults and €10 (£8) for children aged 5-18, with group tickets available at discounted rates.

For more information and booking procedures, visit the Stade de France official website.

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