Parc des Sports (Avignon)

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Parc des Sports
Stade Avignon.JPG
Location Avignon, France
Coordinates 43°55′42″N 4°50′42″E / 43.92833°N 4.84500°E / 43.92833; 4.84500Coordinates: 43°55′42″N 4°50′42″E / 43.92833°N 4.84500°E / 43.92833; 4.84500
Opened 1975
Renovated 2009
Surface Grass
Capacity 17,518
Tenants
AC Arles-Avignon

Parc des Sports is a multi-purpose stadium in Avignon, France. It is currently used mostly for football matches and hosts the home matches of Ligue 2 club, AC Arles-Avignon. The capacity of the stadium is 17,518 spectators.[1]

On Friday 1 November 2013, the stadium hosted France's 2013 Rugby League World Cup game against New Zealand in front of a capacity crowd of 17,518.[2]

Parc des Sports hosted its first Rugby League international on 5 December 1982 when France hosted Australia as part of the 1982 Kangaroo tour. In front of 8,000 fans, Australia won the game 15-4 against a very committed French team (the 1982 Kangaroos were the first touring side to go through Great Britain and France undefeated earning them the nickname of "The Invincibles"). The highest test score at the venue came in 17 November 1999 for a World Cup qualifying match which saw Lebanon defeat Morocco 104-0. Also on that day at the ground, France suffered a shock 14-10 loss to rugby league 'minnows' Italy in the Mediterranean Cup.

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