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Five Football Stadiums to Visit While in France

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France has a rich footballing heritage which their people can rave about justifiably. Their state-of-the-art stadiums are testimony to the country's passion for football. These stadiums are a treat to visit even during off-seasons and their tours and museums offer an enriching experience, especially for football fanatics.


Stade de France

Symbol of the French victory in the 1998 World Cup, this stadium has become as famous as any other great Parisian monument. The 80,000-seat stadium is home to soccer matches and to other sporting events as well as many concerts which take advantage of the wonderful acoustics. Also within the stadium is a souvenir shop and a cafeteria which offers reasonably-priced meals, as well as a convention hall. This massive space hosts diverse events in its auditorium and other rooms. Guided tours can be arranged, and taking public transportation to avoid traffic during events is suggested.

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Orange Vélodrome

Le Nouveau Stade Vélodrome was built in 1937 based on the design by famed architect Henri Ploquin, and constructed in time for the 1938 FIFA World Cup. Inaugurated by H.Tasso, then Mayor of Marseilles, the elliptical-shaped stadium has a capacity of 67,394. One of the biggest construction project of the time in France, it was further expanded for the 1998 edition of the FIFA World Cup by architects Buffi, Averous, and Varvitsky. One of the largest stadiums in France, it is Marseilles' shrine to football and of course, home to the local team Olympique Marseille who celebrated their centenary in 1999.

Marseille, France
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Groupama Stadium

Constructed for the 2016 UEFA Euro, the Parc Olympique Lyonnais is one of the most prominent football stadiums in all of France, replacing its predecessor- Stade de Gerland. Home to local club Olympique Lyonnais, this stadium boasts some state-of-the-art facilities, that not only boost playing conditions but also enhances spectator experience. The stadium can seat as many as 58,927 spectators within its premises.

Décines-Charpieu, France
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Stade Pierre-Mauroy

Stade Pierre-Mauroy is located in Villeneuve d’Ascq near Lille in France. This multipurpose stadium has hosted several international rugby and football tournaments. It has also been the site of concerts featuring the likes of Rihanna on her Diamonds World Tour and Depeche Mode on their The Delta Machine Tour. The French association football club Lille Olympique Sporting Club (LOSC Lille Métropole) considers the arena its home ground. The stadium can seat as many as 50,186 spectators and is filled to the brim with sports enthusiasts during matches.

Villeneuve-d'Ascq, France
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Parc des Princes

Walking around Paris on a Saturday night you will see flags being waved from cars in support of Paris-Saint-Germain (PSG), Paris' own soccer squad. PSG is one of Europe's most well known teams and Parc des Princes is the home of that famous club. Step inside the stadium during a game day and you'll hear the supporters shout the name of their favorite players as well as the catchy cheers and songs. Many of their players have been seen during international tournaments such as the UEFA Cup or the World Cup.

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