The Stade Yves-du-Manoir (officially Stade olympique Yves-du-Manoir, also known as the Stade olympique de Colombes, or simply Colombes to the locals) is a rugby, track and association football stadium in Colombes, near Paris, France.

Stade Yves-du-Manoir
Full nameStade olympique Yves-du-Manoir
Former namesStade du Matin (1907–1919)
Stade olympique de Colombes (1920–1927)
LocationColombes, France
Capacity14,000[2] (to be expanded to 15,000 for the 2024 Summer Olympic Games)


    • 45,000 (1924)
    • 60,000 (1938)
    • 50,000 (1971)
    • 7,000 (1990s)
Racing Club de France Football (1907–1985, 2012–present)[1]
Racing 92 (1907–2017)


The stadium after being renovated for the 1924 Summer Olympics.

Named in memory of French rugby player Yves du Manoir in 1928, it was the main stadium for the 1924 Summer Olympics and had a capacity of 45,000 at the time.[3] During the 1924 games, it hosted the athletics, some of the cycling, some of the horse riding, gymnastics, tennis, some of the football, rugby, and two of the modern pentathlon events (running, fencing).

It was later expanded to a capacity of over 60,000. Colombes was also the venue for the 1938 World Cup Final between Italy and Hungary, and also hosted the home team's two matches in the tournament.

Colombes hosted a number of French Cup finals and home games of the national football and national rugby union teams into the 1970s. It remained the nation's largest capacity stadium until the renovated Parc des Princes was inaugurated in 1972. The Colombes' capacity had dropped to under 50,000 due to increasingly stringent safety regulations. The last games of the national rugby union and football teams at Colombes were respectively in 1972 and 1975.

Colombes during the football final of the 1924 Olympics.

France professional football team RC Paris used Colombes as their home ground until about 1985, then moved on to other stadia before coming back in the 2010s. Unlike RC Paris, Racing 92 rugby did not leave Colombes until November 2017. They originally planned to redevelop Yves-du-Manoir into a stadium to be shared with Racing Club de France Football, but instead built Paris La Défense Arena in nearby Nanterre, playing their first match in the new venue in December 2017.[4] It remains to be seen whether the Racing Club de France football club will move as well.

It is slated to be a field hockey venue for the 2024 Summer Olympics.

1938 FIFA World Cup


Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir hosted three games of the 1938 FIFA World Cup, including the final.

Date Time Team #1 Res. Team #2 Round Attendance
5 June 1938 17:00   France 3–1   Belgium Round of 16 30,454
12 June 1938 17:00   France 1–3   Italy Quarter-final 58,455
19 June 1938 17:00   Italy 4–2   Hungary Final 45,000

The Olympic races involving Harold Abrahams and Eric Liddell which are portrayed in the film Chariots of Fire were run here, although the Colombes stadium was not used for the film.[5] The stand-in stadium for filming was the Oval Sports Centre, Bebington, Merseyside, near Liverpool, England.

The stadium was portrayed in the 1981 film Escape to Victory starring Sylvester Stallone and Michael Caine, but the stand-stadium used in the filming was the Hidegkuti Nándor Stadion (1947) in Budapest, Hungary.


  1. ^ "Le Stade Yves du Manoir" (in French). Racing Club de France Football. Archived from the original on 31 July 2010. Retrieved 29 December 2010.
  2. ^ "Stade Yves Du Manoir". Racing Métro 92. Archived from the original on 6 December 2013. Retrieved 6 December 2013.
  3. ^ 1924 Olympics Official Report. pp. 50–5, 96, 121, 152, 216, 222, 238, 248, 318, 339, 375, 499, 503, 536. (in French)
  4. ^ Escot, Richard (16 October 2017). "Le nouvel écrin du Racing 92, la U Arena, ouvre ses portes". L'Équipe (in French). Retrieved 17 October 2017.
  5. ^ "The Real Chariots of Fire", (TV Movie) Silver River Productions (2012)
Preceded by Summer Olympics
Main Venue (Stade de Colombes)

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Preceded by Summer Olympics
Athletics competitions
Main Venue

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Football Men's Finals (Stade de Colombes)

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Final Venue

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Hockey competitions

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