Euro 2016 Venues

FourFourTwo offers the inside track on where the best footballers in Europe will be strutting their stuff this summer

Stade de France, Saint-Denis

Opened: 1998

Capacity: 81,338

Club: None

Euro 2016 highlight: Final

Did you know? The 13,000-ton roof’s striking elliptical shape is intended to symbolise the universality of sport in France. It’s obvious, really. Right?

Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Lyon

Opened: 2016

Capacity: 59,186

Club: Lyon

Highlight: Semi-final

Did you know? The stadium was meant to be finished in 2014, but construction delays resulted in it only being completed in January 2016.

Parc des Princes, Paris

Opened: 1897

Capacity: 48,712

Club: Paris Saint-Germain

Highlight: N. Ireland vs Germany

Did you know? This was the scene for one of France’s greatest football occasions: their 2–0 victory over Spain in the final of Euro 84.

Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, Saint-Etienne

Opened: 1931

Capacity: 42,000

Club: Saint-Etienne

Highlight: Slovakia vs England

Did you know? The venue was originally on the subs’ bench for Euro 2016, before being added to help cope with the increased number of games.

Stade de Nice, Nice

Opened: 2013

Capacity: 35,624

Club: Nice

Highlight: Spain vs Turkey

Did you know? The stadium’s east stand is named after legendary Italian politician and general Giuseppe Garibaldi, who was born in the city.

Stade Velodrome, Marseille

Opened: 1937

Capacity: 67,394

Club: Marseille

Highlight: Semi-final

Did you know? Fans of l’OM strongly opposed moving to the ground in the late 1930s because of a cycling track that remained in place until 1985.

Stade Pierre-Mauroy, Lille

Opened: 2012

Capacity: 50,186

Club: Lille

Highlight: Switzerland vs France

Did you know? The arena was renamed in 2013 following the death of Pierre Mauroy, mayor of Lille (1973-2011) and French Prime Minister (1981-1984).

Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux, Bordeaux

Opened: 2015

Capacity: 42,115

Club: Bordeaux

Highlight: Quarter-final

Did you know? This striking edifice was designed by Swiss firm Herzog & de Meuron, the same architects that created the Allianz Arena in Munich.

Stade Bollaert-Delelis, Lens

Opened: 1934

Capacity: 38,223

Club: Lens

Highlight: England vs Wales

Did you know? Lens’ entire population would not fill the Stade Bollaert-Delelis, yet the city’s second-tier team still attract crowds of 25,000-plus.

Stadium Municipal, Toulouse

Opened: 1938

Capacity: 33,150

Club: Toulouse

Highlight: Italy vs Sweden

Did you know? Locals used to describe Stadium Municipal de Toulouse as ‘mini-Wembley’ because it resembles England’s original national stadium.

 

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