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Parc Olympique Lyonnais, known for sponsorship reasons as Groupama Stadium and in some competitions as Stade de Lyon[4] or Grand Stade de Lyon,[5] is a 59,186-seat stadium in Décines-Charpieu, in the Lyon Metropolis. The home of French football club Olympique Lyonnais, it replaced their previous stadium, Stade de Gerland, in January 2016.

Parc Olympique Lyonnais
Logo Groupama Stadium.png
Parc OL.jpg
Location10, Avenue Simone Veil
69150 Décines-Charpieu, Rhône, France
Coordinates45°45′55″N 4°58′55″E / 45.76528°N 4.98194°E / 45.76528; 4.98194Coordinates: 45°45′55″N 4°58′55″E / 45.76528°N 4.98194°E / 45.76528; 4.98194
Public transitLyon tcl logo-tram-full.svg Lyon tcl tram-3.svg Gare Part-Dieu - Vivier Merle – Vaulx-en-Velin - La Soie
OwnerOL Groupe
OperatorOL Groupe
Executive suites105
Capacity59,186[1]
Record attendance58,607 (rugby: France XV vs New Zealand XV 23–28, November 14, 2017)
Field size105 × 68 metres (344 ft × 223 ft)
SurfaceAirFibr hybrid grass[2]
Construction
Broke ground22 October 2012
Opened9 January 2016
Construction cost€415 million
ArchitectPopulous[3]
Structural engineerVinci SA
Services engineerVinci SA
General contractorVinci SA
Tenants
Olympique Lyonnais (2016–present)
France national football team (selected matches)
Website
Official website

The stadium was a host of UEFA Euro 2016, and was also chosen to stage the 2017 Coupe de la Ligue Final and the 2018 UEFA Europa League Final, in addition to the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup and football at the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris. Outside football, the ground has also held rugby union and ice hockey matches, as well as musical concerts.

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ConstructionEdit

On 1 September 2008, Olympique Lyonnais president Jean-Michel Aulas announced plans to create a new 60,000-seat stadium, tentatively called OL Land, to be built on 50 hectares of land located in Décines-Charpieu, a suburb of Lyon. The stadium would also include state-of-the-art sporting facilities, two hotels, a leisure center, and commercial and business offices.

On 13 October 2008, the project was agreed upon by the French government, the General Council of Rhône, the Grand Lyon, SYTRAL, and the commune of Décines for construction with approximately 180 million of public money being used and between €60–80 million coming from the Urban Community of Lyon.[6] The project was hindered by slow administrative procedures, political interests, and various opposition groups who viewed the stadium as financially, ecologically, and socially wrong for the taxpayers and community of Décines.[7] After landscaping in 2012, stadium construction started in summer 2013.

FootballEdit

Olympique Lyonnais played their first game in the new stadium on 9 January 2016, winning 4–1 against Troyes in Ligue 1; Alexandre Lacazette scored the first goal at the ground.[8]

In November 2009, the French Football Federation chose Parc Olympique Lyonnais one of the twelve stadiums to be used in the country's bidding for UEFA Euro 2016.[9] It hosted six games at the tournament, including the hosts' 2–1 win over the Republic of Ireland in the last 16, and eventual champions Portugal's 2–0 win over Wales in the semi-finals.[4][10][11]

In September 2016, the new stadium was chosen as the host of the 2017 Coupe de la Ligue Final, the first time that the final had been hosted outside the Paris area.[12] Paris Saint-Germain won 4–1 against Monaco.[13] Some PSG fans vandalised the stadium during the game, leading to fines and a travel ban.[14] On 9 December 2016, UEFA announced that Parc OL had been chosen to host the 2018 UEFA Europa League Final on 16 May 2018.[15]

Parc OL is one of nine stadia hosting matches at the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup. It has been scheduled to host the semi-finals and the final.[16] It will be a venue for football at the 2024 Summer Olympics.[17]

UEFA Euro 2016Edit

Date Time (CEST) Team #1 Result Team #2 Round Attendance
13 June 2016 21:00   Belgium 0–2   Italy Group E 55,408
16 June 2016 18:00   Ukraine 0–2   Northern Ireland Group C 51,043
19 June 2016 21:00   Romania 0–1   Albania Group A 49,752
22 June 2016 18:00   Hungary 3–3   Portugal Group F 55,514
26 June 2016 15:00   France 2–1   Republic of Ireland Round of 16 56,279
6 July 2016 21:00   Portugal 2–0   Wales Semi-finals 55,679

2019 FIFA Women's World CupEdit

Date Time (CEST) Team #1 Result Team #2 Round Attendance
2 July 2019 21:00   England 1–2   United States Semi-finals 53,512
3 July 2019 21:00   Netherlands 1–0 (a.e.t.)   Sweden Semi-finals 48,452
7 July 2019 17:00   United States 2–0   Netherlands Final 57,900

France national football teamEdit

Date Result Competition
9 June 2018   France 1–1   United States Friendly

Other usesEdit

The venue hosted an outdoor Ligue Magnus ice hockey game between Lyon and Grenoble on 30 December 2016.[18] In that game, Grenoble defeated Lyon 5–2; the attendance at that game was 25,142, which turned out to be the all-time record attendance for an ice hockey game in France.

Parc Olympique Lyonnais hosted the finals of rugby union's European Rugby Champions Cup and European Rugby Challenge Cup in 2016.[5] It was one of nine venues chosen for France's hosting of the 2023 Rugby World Cup.[19]

The stadium has hosted several musical performances, the first being by American singer will.i.am after the inaugural match on 9 January 2016.[20] Other acts who have played there include Christophe Maé, Rihanna, Coldplay, Ed Sheeran and Céline Dion.[21][22][23]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Bienvenue au Groupama Stadium" (in French). Groupama Stadium. Retrieved 19 March 2018.
  2. ^ "Natural Grass SAS". Natural Grass SAS. Retrieved 12 January 2016.
  3. ^ "Grand Stade de Lyon". Populous. Archived from the original on 13 January 2016. Retrieved 12 January 2016.
  4. ^ a b "Stade de Lyon". UEFA. Archived from the original on 15 April 2017. Retrieved 1 July 2019.
  5. ^ a b "Lyon to host 2016 Champions Cup and Challenge Cup finals with Edinburgh chosen for 2017" (Press release). European Professional Club Rugby. 17 June 2015. Archived from the original on 13 August 2017. Retrieved 1 July 2019.
  6. ^ "Le grand stade est relancé". France Soir. 16 October 2008. Retrieved 30 October 2009.
  7. ^ "La construction d'enceintes sportives en France relèvent du parcours du combattant". France Soir. 23 October 2009. Archived from the original on 26 October 2009. Retrieved 30 October 2009.
  8. ^ "Lyon 4–1 Troyes: Alexandre Lacazette nets as Ligue 1 giants celebrate opening of their new Groupama Stadium stadium in style". Daily Mail. 10 January 2016. Retrieved 4 April 2016.
  9. ^ "Les 12 villes retenues". French Football Federation. 11 November 2009. Archived from the original on 14 November 2009. Retrieved 12 November 2009.
  10. ^ "Griezmann helps France fight back to oust Ireland". UEFA. 26 June 2016. Retrieved 15 September 2017.
  11. ^ Fifield, Dominic (6 July 2016). "Portugal 2-0 Wales: five talking points from the semi-final in Lyon". Retrieved 15 September 2017.
  12. ^ "The Coupe de la Ligue hits the road!". Ligue 1. 2 September 2016. Retrieved 15 September 2017.
  13. ^ "PSG 4-1 Monaco: PSG win fourth straight French League Cup". Sky Sports. 1 April 2017. Retrieved 15 September 2017.
  14. ^ Johnson, Jonathan (7 April 2017). "PSG fans banned from Angers, Metz away games due to cup final trouble". ESPN. Retrieved 15 September 2017.
  15. ^ "Parc OL chosen to host 2018 UEFA Europa League Final".
  16. ^ "Les demi-finales et la finale seront à Lyon". Le Progrès. Retrieved 19 September 2017.
  17. ^ "Stade de Lyon". Paris 2024. Retrieved 15 September 2017.
  18. ^ "Winter Game : bientôt du hockey sur glace au Parc OL !" [Winter Game: ice hockey coming soon at Parc OL!]. Lyon Mag. 12 February 2016. Retrieved 4 April 2016.
  19. ^ "The 9 stadiums for 2023 RWC in France". Sport 24. 15 November 2017. Retrieved 7 May 2018.
  20. ^ Lartaud, Sylvain (10 January 2016). "will.i.am helps Stade de Lyon open in style". Retrieved 15 September 2017.
  21. ^ Frisulio, Elisa (9 June 2017). "A Lyon, Coldplay a emballé le Parc OL". 20 Minutes (in French). Retrieved 15 September 2017.
  22. ^ Goodman, Jessica (21 July 2017). "Rihanna dedicates song to Nice at concert in Lyon, France". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 15 September 2017.
  23. ^ "Céline Dion a fait vibrer le Parc OL". Le Progrès (in French). 12 July 2017. Retrieved 15 September 2017.

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