Stade de la Beaujoire

The Stade de la Beaujoire – Louis Fonteneau, mostly known as Stade de la Beaujoire (French pronunciation: ​[stad də la boʒwaʁ]), is a stadium in Nantes, France. It is the home of French football club FC Nantes.

Stade de la Beaujoire – Louis Fonteneau
La Beaujoire
Stade de la Beaujoire.jpg
Stade de la Beaujoire – Louis Fonteneau is located in Nantes
Stade de la Beaujoire – Louis Fonteneau
Stade de la Beaujoire – Louis Fonteneau
Location in Nantes
Stade de la Beaujoire – Louis Fonteneau is located in France
Stade de la Beaujoire – Louis Fonteneau
Stade de la Beaujoire – Louis Fonteneau
Location in France
LocationRoute de Saint Joseph 44300, Nantes, France
Coordinates47°15′20″N 1°31′31″W / 47.2556°N 1.5253°W / 47.2556; -1.5253
Capacity35,322
Field size105 m × 68 m (344 ft × 223 ft)
SurfaceDesso GrassMaster
Opened1984[1]
Tenants
FC Nantes (1984–present)

The stadium opened for the first time on 8 May 1984, for a friendly game between FC Nantes and Romania in front of 30,000 fans. It was named after Louis Fonteneau, who was president of FC Nantes between 1969–1986. It was renovated in 1998, for the 1998 FIFA World Cup. While its original capacity was 52,923, in 1998 it was converted to an all-seater stadium and its current capacity is 38,128. Highest attendance was 51,359 for France-Belgium match in 1984. Previously, the team played at Stade Marcel Saupin.

The stadium also hosts international rugby matches, including France against New Zealand (16-3) on November 15, 1986. In September 2007, it hosted three pool matches of the 2007 Rugby World Cup: Wales vs Canada on September 9, England vs Samoa on September 22 and Wales vs Fiji on September 29. In domestic rugby, La Beaujoire hosted both Top 14 semifinal matches in 2013, and Paris-area Top 14 side Racing Métro 92 will play their final "home" match of the 2013–14 season against Clermont at La Beaujoire on April 19, 2014.

La Beaujoire hosted matches during the UEFA Euro 1984, including a 5–0 victory for France over Belgium with three goals from Michel Platini. Six matches were also played there during the 1998 FIFA World Cup, including the quarter-final between Brazil and Denmark. The stadium was not selected for the UEFA Euro 2016.

The France national football team have played here on five occasions, most recently in 2019 where they played a friendly match against Bolivia.

The stadium has also hosted musical concerts[citation needed] including:

FutureEdit

A new stadium named YelloPark was planned to replace the Stade de la Beaujoire, which was to be demolished for the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris and the 2023 Rugby World Cup.[2] On 26 February 2019, the project was cancelled.

1984 European Championship (Euro 1984)Edit

The stadium was selected as one of the venues of 1984 UEFA European Championship and held the following matches

Date Team Team Result
16 June 1984 France Belgium 5-0
20 June 1984 Portugal Romania 1-0

1998 FIFA World CupEdit

The stadium was one of the venues of the 1998 FIFA World Cup, and held the following matches:

Date Team #1 Res. Team #2 Round
13 June 1998   Spain 2–3   Nigeria Group D
16 June 1998   Brazil 3–0   Morocco Group A
20 June 1998   Japan 0–1   Croatia Group H
23 June 1998   Chile 1–1   Cameroon Group B
25 June 1998   United States 0–1   FR Yugoslavia Group F
3 July 1998   Brazil 3–2   Denmark Quarter-finals

2023 Rugby World CupEdit

The stadium will be one of the venues of the 2023 Rugby World Cup, and will host the following matches:

Date Team #1 Res. Team #2 Round
16 September 2023   Ireland Asia/Pacific 1 Group B
30 September 2023   Argentina Americas 2 Group D
7 October 2023   Wales Europe 1 Group C
8 October 2023   Japan   Argentina Group D

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Stade de la Beaujoire - Louis Fonteneau". soccerway. Retrieved 18 August 2017.
  2. ^ "Le FC Nantes aura son nouveau stade, le YellowPark, en 2022" (in French). FranceInfo. 19 September 2017.