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Stade de la Mosson (French pronunciation: ​[stad də la mɔˈsɔ̃]) is a football stadium in Montpellier, France. It is the home of Montpellier HSC (Ligue 1) and has a capacity of 32,900. Formerly a 16,000-seater stadium, it was entirely rebuilt in 1998 to host 6 games of the 1998 FIFA World Cup. It was also used as a venue for group stage matches in the 2007 Rugby World Cup and is one of nine venues being used in the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup.

Stade de la Mosson
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Full nameStade de la Mosson
LocationMontpellier, France
Coordinates43°37′20″N 3°48′43″E / 43.62222°N 3.81194°E / 43.62222; 3.81194Coordinates: 43°37′20″N 3°48′43″E / 43.62222°N 3.81194°E / 43.62222; 3.81194
Capacity32,900[1]
SurfaceAirFibr (hybrid grass)
Construction
Built1972
Opened13 January 1972
Renovated1997
Tenants
Montpellier HSC

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FootballEdit

In October 2014 the stadium flooded twice as over 12 inches of rain fell in Montpellier. The stadium and pitch were damaged and this resulted in Montpellier relocating for 5 fixtures during the 2014–15 season (4 Ligue 1 matches and 1 Coupe de la Ligue match) to the Altrad Stadium, until repairs had been made to the stadium. The relocation lasted for the remainder of 2014, the first fixture on 28 October, and the last being 13 December.[2] The flooding caused Montpellier to cancel their 40-year anniversary celebration.[3]

1998 FIFA World CupEdit

The stadium was one of the venues for the 1998 FIFA World Cup. The following games were played at the stadium during the 1998 World Cup:

Date Time (CEST) Team #1 Result Team #2 Round Spectators
10 June 1998 21:00   Morocco 2–2   Norway Group A 29,800
12 June 1998 14:30   Paraguay 0–0   Bulgaria Group D 27,650
17 June 1998 21:00   Italy 3–0   Cameroon Group B 29,800
22 June 1998 17:30   Colombia 1–0   Tunisia Group G 29,800
25 June 1998 21:00   Germany 2–0   Iran Group F 29,800
29 June 1998 16:30   Germany 2–1   Mexico Round of 16 29,800

2019 FIFA Women's World CupEdit

The stadium was one of the venues for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup.[4] It hosted four group games and one Round of 16 match; among them were the Australia vs Brazil game – a match that was notable for witnessing the first goals conceded by Brazil in the group stage in 16 years as well as Brazil's first group stage loss for 24 years.[5]

Rugby LeagueEdit

On Saturday 9 June 2012, the stadium hosted rugby league for the first time. The Catalans Dragons will continue their policy of playing some home games away from the Stade Gilbert Brutus, Perpignan by playing their Stobart Super League fixture against Wigan Warriors at the stadium. This will be the second time the fixture has been played in Montpellier with the previous year's game being held in the Stade Yves-du-Manoir.

Rugby UnionEdit

The stadium hosted a semi-final game in the 2012–13 Heineken Cup between Clermont and Munster on 27 April 2013.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Montpellier HSC Club Website". Montpellier HSC Club Website. 26 April 2011. Retrieved 26 April 2011.
  2. ^ "Ligue 1: Montpellier's stadium flooded for second time in a week". Sky Sports. Sky. Retrieved 20 February 2015.
  3. ^ Augustus, Luke. "Montpellier face huge stadium repairs after Ligue 1 outfit's Stade de la Mosson was affected by mass flooding in the city". MailOnline. Daily Mail. Retrieved 7 October 2014.
  4. ^ "The nine host cities confirmed". FIFA. 14 June 2017.
  5. ^ "Women's World Cup: Brazil Lose First Group Stage Match in 24 Years". News 18. Retrieved 14 June 2019.

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