Bocquaine Pool and Ice Rink

Piscine-patinoire olympique de Reims (English: Reims Olympic Pool and Ice Rink),[7][6] also known as Piscine-patinoire Bocquaine after the street it was built on, and Nautilud for the swimming pool part, was a sports complex located in Reims, Marne, France.

Piscine-patinoire de Reims
Address41 Chaussée Bocquaine
Main venuePatinoire olympique de Reims
Other sports facilitiesPiscine olympique de Reims
Opened16 October 1967
(aquatic center)[4]
23 October 1967
(ice rink)[4]
Closed25 October 2013[1]
Construction cost₣10,000,000[4]
ArchitectJean-Claude Dondel
Roger Dhuit
Jacques Herbé[5][6]


The three-level building consisted of a swimming pool and an ice rink, overlooked by a panoramic restaurant with a view of the ice and the pool on each side (the latter was phased out in the 1990s).[8]

Ice rinkEdit

Bocquaine Ice Rink served as the home of Reims' ice hockey teams, the Flammes Bleues and later the Phénix.[9] Some promoters, including Gérard Drouot who hailed from Reims, have also used it as a live music venue.[10]

Aquatic centerEdit

The aquatic center housed the city's only 50-metre pool, as well as a smaller teaching pool.[11] In the 1980s, a toboggan—86-metre long as of its dismantlement—was added to the building.[12] It was the home pool for Reims Natation 89, a water polo team that sporadically featured in the Pro A league.[11]


The building was approved by the City Council of Reims in 1963.[13] It was designed by the Paris-based team of Jean-Claude Dondel and Roger Dhuit, in cooperation with Jacques Herbé, member of a prominent family of local architects.[5]

The complex had two inauguration ceremonies : one for local dignitaries in October 1967, attended by swimmer Alain Gottvallès, and one in early December 1967, in presence of Minister of Sports François Missoffe.[13]

In 1998, Bocquaine underwent extensive renovations, which included the installation of an elevator.[2][12]

In 2013, the venue had to close immediately after an inspection found advanced signs of decay on its wooden framework.[1] As another renovation was neither technically nor economically viable,[14] it was torn down in the fall of 2014.[3] In this absence of an adequate pool, Reims Natation 89 opted for voluntary relegation to the second tier of French water polo at the end of the 2013–14 season.[11]



The rink hosted the French Figure Skating championships in 1975, 1980 and 1991, as well as the French Ice Dancing Championships in 1972 when they were still a standalone event.[15] It also hosted the French Short Track Speed Skating Championships in 2003, 2006 and 2009.[16]


Acts that featured at the ice rink include Ange,[17] Magma, Genesis[10] and Barclay James Harvest.[18]


  1. ^ a b c Marais, Frédéric (30 October 2013). "Risques d'effondrement : la piscine olympique de Reims fermée en urgence". Retrieved 10 January 2022.
  2. ^ a b Gonzales, Lionel (28 October 2013). "Fermeture de la piscine nautilud et de la patinoire à Reims – infos pratiques". Retrieved 10 January 2022.
  3. ^ a b Poirier, Juliette (1 September 2014). "Le nautilud de Reims en pleine démolition". Retrieved 10 January 2022.
  4. ^ a b c G.P. (11 October 1967). "Un ensemble sportif piscine-patinoire a été ouvert à Reims". Retrieved 24 February 2022.
  5. ^ a b "Le centre nautique de Reims" (Press release). City of Reims. 1967. Retrieved 3 November 2021.
  6. ^ a b Ensemble de la piscine – patinoire olympique de Reims (postcard), Paris: Éditions la cigogne, 51.454.181
  7. ^ "La piscine-patinoire olympique (Reims)". La construction moderne. No. 2. 1969. pp. 47–52.
  8. ^ "Fermeture confirmée et réhabilitation programmée". 17 January 2014. Retrieved 24 February 2022.
  9. ^ Morel, Daniel (1 December 2015). 50 ans de hockey rémois. France: Morel société d'édition. ISBN 2746685760.
  10. ^ a b Genesis (concert ticket), Reims: Musique Action Reims, 15 May 1975, Patinoire – Reims
  11. ^ a b c L.G.; G.S. (11 June 2014). "Le Reims Natation 89 (RN89) redescend en N1". Retrieved 10 January 2022.
  12. ^ a b "Piscine Nautilud". 2010–2011. Retrieved 24 February 2022.
  13. ^ a b Moyat, Alain (2006). 50 ans de vie rémoise : 1950–2000. Reims: Éditions Fradet. ISBN 9782909952086.
  14. ^ "Le conseil vote la démolition du Nautilud". 17 June 2014. Retrieved 24 February 2022.
  15. ^ Billouin, Alain (1999). Le livre d'or du patinage. Paris: Solar. ISBN 9780097822617.
  16. ^ "Historique des Titres". Retrieved 10 January 2022.
  17. ^ Ange 77 Tour (concert ticket), Reims: Cryptoportique de Reims, 17 May 1977, Patinoire Reims
  18. ^ "Concerts at Patinoire". Retrieved 24 February 2022.

External linksEdit

Le Nautilud at ReimsAvant (in French)