Stade Chaban-Delmas

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Stade Jacques Chaban-Delmas
Panorama Chaban-Delmas.jpg
Full name Stade Chaban-Delmas
Former names Parc Lescure
Address Place Johnston, Bordeaux, 33000
Location Bordeaux, Gironde, France
Coordinates 44°49′45″N 0°35′52″W / 44.82917°N 0.59778°W / 44.82917; -0.59778Coordinates: 44°49′45″N 0°35′52″W / 44.82917°N 0.59778°W / 44.82917; -0.59778
Built 1930
Opened 12 June 1938
Renovated 1935, 1987, 1998
Closed 2015
Surface Grass
Architect René Buthaud, Jacques d'Welles, Raoul Jourde,
Capacity 34,694
Tenants
FC Girondins de Bordeaux (1938-2015)
Union Bordeaux Bègles (2011-present)
Location of the Stade Jacques Chaban-Delmas in Bordeaux (at left, in pink, along the boulevard Leclerc).

Stade Chaban-Delmas is a sporting stadium located in the city of Bordeaux, France. It is the home ground of FC Girondins de Bordeaux. Since 2011 it has also hosted matches of Top 14 rugby team Union Bordeaux Bègles.

Until 2001, the stadium's name was the Stade du Parc Lescure, so called after the fallow lands on which it was built (Lescure is from earlier d'Escure, a transformation of "des Cures," part of the name of the chapelle Saint-Laurent-des-Cures-lès-Bourdeaus, formerly a prominent feature of the area).[1] That year it was renamed after politician Jacques Chaban-Delmas, who was the mayor of Bordeaux from 1947 to 1995.

First built in 1930 as a cycle-racing track, in 1935 it was reconfigured to accommodate the upcoming 1938 FIFA World Cup. It was the first stadium in the world to have stands entirely covered without any pillars obstructing visibility of the playing area. Classified as a historic building, its restoration has been difficult, as its roof does not cover seats built after 1984 on the old cycle track.

The current seating capacity of the stadium is 34,462, following a series of expansions of the stands, in particular for the 1998 FIFA World Cup. A record 40,211 spectators were in attendance on 24 April 1985 to watch a match between Girondins de Bordeaux and Juventus. In preparation of several matches that were held here for the 2007 Rugby World Cup, two giant television screens measuring 37 m² were installed.

The tunnel connecting the locker rooms of the players to the ground is the longest in Europe (close to 120 meters).

On 19 July 2011, FC Girondins de Bordeaux announced plans to construct a new stadium, located in Bordeaux-Lac. The seating capacity will be 43,500 for sporting events, and construction will begin at the end of the 2011-2012 season.

1938 FIFA World Cup[edit]

The "Council Stadium" at the time accommodated two matches for the 1938 FIFA World Cup: a quarter final and the match for third place. At the time the stadium's capacity was 25,000 people.

  • Brazil Brazil 2–1 Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia ; (Quarter Final)
  • Sweden Sweden 2–4 Brazil Brazil ; (match for third place)

1998 FIFA World Cup[edit]

The stadium accommodated five pool matches and a match for the finals in the 1998 FIFA World Cup.

  • Italy Italy 2–2 Chile Chile : 11 June 1998 (Group B)

Spectators: 31,800; Goals: Vieri (10th), Salas (45th, 49th), Baggio (85th PEN)

  • Scotland Scotland 1–1 Norway Norway : 16 June 1998 (Group A)

Spectators: 31,800; Goals: Flo (46th), Burley (66th)

  • Belgium Belgium 2–2 Mexico Mexico : 20 June 1998 (Group E)

Spectators: 31,800; Goals: Wilmots (41st, 47th), García Aspe (55th PEN), Blanco (62nd)

  • Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia 2–2 South Africa South Africa : 24 June 1998 (Group C)

Spectators: 31,800; Goals: Bartlett (19th, 90th PEN), Al-Jaber (45th PEN), Al-Thuniyan (74th PEN)

  • Argentina Argentina 1–0 Croatia Croatia : 26 June 1998 (Group H)

Spectators: 31,800; Goal: Pineda (36th)

  • Romania Romania 0–1 Croatia Croatia : 30 June 1998 (Round of 16)

Spectators: 31,800; Goal: Šuker (45 + 2nd PEN)

2007 Rugby World Cup[edit]

The Stade Chaban-Delmas hosted four matches during the 2007 Rugby World Cup.

Pool B

  • Canada Canada 12 – 12 Japan Japan : 25 September 2007
  • Canada Canada 6 – 37 Australia Australia : 29 September 2007

Pool D

  • Ireland Ireland 32 – 17 Namibia Namibia : 9 September 2007
  • Ireland Ireland 14 – 10 Georgia (country) Georgia : 15 September 2007

Top 14 and Rugby Pro D2[edit]

The Stade Chaban-Delmas has held many semi-finals for the Top 14 rugby competition and has received several finals until the 70's. It will also host the 2013 promotion playoff final in Rugby Pro D2.

Since 2011 it has also hosted matches of Top 14 rugby team Union Bordeaux Bègles.

Public transport[edit]

See also[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Guy Dupuis, Lescure: Stade Municipal de Bordeaux, Aujourd'hui stade Chaban-Delmas (Les Dossiers d'Aquitaine, 2008; ISBN 284622160X), p. 13.

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Cardiff Arms Park
Cardiff
Heineken Cup
Final Venue

1997–98
Succeeded by
Lansdowne Road
Dublin