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The Stade Louis II (French pronunciation: ​[stad(ə) lwi dø]) is a stadium located in the Fontvieille district of Monaco. It serves primarily as a venue for football, being the home of AS Monaco and the Monaco national football team. The stadium is most notable for its distinctive nine arches at the away end of the ground.[1] The arena is also used for the Herculis, a track and field meet of the IAAF Diamond League. From 1998 to 2012, the stadium hosted the annual UEFA Super Cup match.[2]

Stade Louis II
Logo Louis II stade.png
Panoramio - V&A Dudush - stade Louis II.jpg
LocationFontvieille, Monaco
Capacity18,523 (all-seater)
SurfaceDesso GrassMaster
Construction
Builtearly 1980s (current)
Opened1939 (original)
25 January 1985 (current)
Tenants
AS Monaco
Monaco national football team
A top view of the stadium

The original Stade Louis II was opened in 1939 as the home of AS Monaco. The new stadium was built in the early 1980s, close to the site of the old stadium on land reclaimed from the sea, opening fully in 1985. It has a seating capacity of 18,523. The vast majority of the stadium's facilities are located underground, including the multi-sports centre Gaston-Medecin, the aquatic centre Prince Albert II and a large car park directly under the pitch.[3]

The stadium is named after Louis II, Prince of Monaco, who was the Sovereign Prince of Monaco when the original stadium was built.

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FacilitiesEdit

 
The Salle Gaston Médecin indoor arena, which is used by the AS Monaco basketball club

The Salle Gaston Médecin indoor arena is located under the stands of the football stadium. Salle Gaston Médecin is able to host basketball, volleyball, and handball games, as well as judo and fencing matches, and weightlifting and gymnastics competitions.

The stadium complex, besides the football stadium and athletics track and the Salle Gaston Médecin, also contains the aquatic centre Prince Albert II, a large office complex, and also houses the International University of Monaco (IUM), which specializes in business education.

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Monaco have plenty of money and ambition but not many supporters". The Guardian. 21 September 2013. Retrieved 9 May 2019.
  2. ^ "Prague celebrates 2013 Super Cup honour". UEFA.com. 17 June 2011.
  3. ^ "Stade Louis II". AS Monaco. 21 February 2019.

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Preceded by
Two-legged matches
UEFA Super Cup
Single-match Venue

19982012
Succeeded by
Eden Arena
Prague