France is considered as one of the places where football is rated highly. The country’s large infrastructure, organization, and level of competition is the reason behind its huge development in the game. The current world cup winning country boasts some of the biggest stadiums in the world. Here, we are going to follow the 5 biggest stadiums in Ligue 1.
5. Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux
Also known as the Matmut Atlantique for sponsorship purposes, it is the home ground of Ligue 1 club FC Girondins de Bordeaux. The stadium was inaugurated in 2015. It holds a total capacity of 42,115 spectators.
The ground also hosts matches of Rugby. On an interesting note, the highest attendance of 42,071 spectators was recorded in a rugby match too. On the International stage, it hosted 5 matches of the EURO 2016, including one in the quarter-finals.
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4. Parc des Princes
With a seating capacity of 47,929 spectators, the Parc des Princes has been the home ground to the French heavyweights Paris Saint-Germain. Built in the year 1967, the stadium was home to the French national football team and rugby union teams, until the opening of Stade de France in 1998.
Classified as a category 4 stadium by UEFA, it is considered one of the best in France by design. To date, the stadium has hosted a plethora of big events including the 1938 FIFA World Cup, 1972 Rugby league World Cup, UEFA Euros 1984, and FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019 to name a few.
3. Stade Pierre-Mauroy
A multi-use retractable roof stadium, it is the home ground to the Ligue 1 side LOSC Lille. A UEFA category 4 stadium, it is also used for some selected matches of the French National team. Inaugurated in 2012, it has a seating capacity of 50,186 spectators. Along with two floors or primary levels, the ground is known for its unique design.
The highest attendance of 49,712 was recorded in the match against PSG on 14th April 2019. It has also been a venue for Basketball, Tennis, and different music concerts.
2. Parc Olympique Lyonnais
Also known as Groupama Stadium due to sponsorship reasons, it is the home ground to Ligue 1 giants Olympique Lyonnais. Inaugurated in 2016, it is one of the newest stadiums in France. It holds a seating capacity of 59,186.
The ground is also used by the French National side for some selected matches. Till now, it has hosted big finals like the UEFA EURO 2016 final, Coupe de la Ligue, Europa League final in 2017 and 2018. Apart from football, it has been a venue for rugby matches and musical concerts.
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1. Stade Velodrome
Known by another name, the Orange Velodrome due to sponsorship reasons, it is a multi-purpose stadium for Ligue 1 side Marseille. The historic stadium was first opened in 1937, making it one of the oldest football stadiums in France. It holds a seating capacity of 67,394 spectators. It is one of the top two biggest football clubs in France along with PSG. Marseille is the only French club ever to win a UEFA Champions League trophy. The record attendance of 65,421 spectators was in the match against Olympique Lyonnais on 10th Nov 2019.
To date, the ground has hosted many important events like the 1938 FIFA World Cup, UEFA Euro 1984, 1998 FIFA World Cup, UEFA Euro 2016. The stadium also hosted Rugby events like the 2007 Rugby World Cup and will also host the upcoming matches of the 2023 Rugby World Cup.
These are the top 5 biggest stadiums in Ligue 1.
|2||Parc Olympique Lyonnais||59,186|
|4||Parc des Princes||47,929|
|5||Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux||42,115|