Stade Félix-Bollaert

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Stade Bollaert-Delelis
Stade Bollaert (Coupe du Monde de Rugby 2007).jpg
Full name Stade Bollaert-Delelis
Location Lens, France
Coordinates 50°25′58″N 2°48′54″E / 50.43278°N 2.81500°E / 50.43278; 2.81500Coordinates: 50°25′58″N 2°48′54″E / 50.43278°N 2.81500°E / 50.43278; 2.81500
Opened 1933
Capacity 41 229
Tenants
RC Lens

Stade Bollaert-Delelis (French pronunciation: ​[bɔˈlaʁt]) is the main football stadium in Lens, France, that was built in 1933. It is the home of RC Lens. The stadium's capacity is 41,229 – about 4,000 more than the city's population. The stadium was originally named after Félix Bollaert, a director of Compagnie des Mines de Lens, who was anxious to promote the development of sports clubs in the city. Construction began in 1931, though Bollaert died shortly before the stadium's inauguration. It was renamed Stade Bollaert-Delelis in 2012 after the death of André Delelis, a politician who served as the Minister of Commerce under President François Mitterrand.

History[edit]

The stadium has hosted matches in the following major international tournaments:

Architecture[edit]

The stadium is constructed in the English style with four separate stands dedicated respectively to:

  • Henri Trannin, native of Bully-les-Mines, Goalkeeper at the club for 18 years, sports director for Lens from 1952 to 1956, passing away in July 1974; it was dedicated on 4 December 1976
  • Tony Marek, former player and coach, international in the 50's
  • Élie Delacourt, former fans' group president;
  • Max Lepagnot, former president of the district of Artois.

All parts of the stadium contain seating. However, most supporters in the Marek, being a side stand, keep standing during the games as it is considered the kop and are considered as the most fervent supporters in the stadium, which makes the stadium different from most of the other stadiums, as the most fervent fans tend to usually sit behind the nets.

Events[edit]

1984 European Football Championship[edit]

Date Team #1 Res. Team #2 Round
13 Jun 1984  Belgium 2-0  Yugoslavia Group A
17 Jun 1984  West Germany 2-1  Romania Group B

1998 FIFA World Cup[edit]

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
12 Jun 1998  Saudi Arabia 0-1  Denmark Group C
14 Jun 1998  Jamaica 1-3  Croatia Group H
21 Jun 1998  Germany 2-2  Yugoslavia Group F
24 Jun 1998  Spain 6-1  Bulgaria Group D
26 Jun 1998  Colombia 0-2  England Group G
28 Jun 1998  France 1-0  Paraguay Round of 16

1999 Rugby World Cup[edit]

Date Team #1 Res. Team #2 Round
20 Oct 1999  Republic of Ireland 24-28  Argentina Play-off Stage

2007 Rugby World Cup[edit]

Date Team #1 Res. Team #2 Round
08 Sep 2007  England 28-10  United States Group A
22 Sep 2007  South Africa 30-25  Tonga Group A
26 Sep 2007  Georgia 30-0  Namibia Group D

2016 European Football Championship[edit]

In May 2011, the stadium has been designated to host the 2016 European Football Championship. To be renovated, the stadium will be closed during the 2014-2015 season.

Other uses[edit]

The France national team has played eight matches at the stadium without defeat. Lille played two UEFA Champions League campaigns there when their own stadium was deemed inadequate, in (2001-02 and 2006-07). It hosted the Johnny Hallyday concert in 2009 and a Jehovah's Witnesses gathering in 2006, which created controversy. The stadium is the setting for a scene in the movie Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis, shot during a match between Lens and Nice in April 2007. We hear "Les corons" sung by the public at the end of halftime song.

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