Stade Pierre-Mauroy

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Stade Pierre-Mauroy
Grand Stade Lille Métropole LOSC first match.JPG
Former names Grand Stade Lille Métropole (2012–13)
Location Villeneuve d'Ascq
Coordinates 50°36′43″N 3°07′50″E / 50.6118833°N 3.13042778°E / 50.6118833; 3.13042778
Broke ground 2009
Opened 17 August 2012
Owner Eiffage (until 2043)
Operator Eiffage
Surface Grass
Construction cost 282 million
(Hotel, Restaurant cost 42 million, Total complex cost 324 million)
Architect Pierre Ferret[1]
Capacity 50,186
Tenants
Lille (Ligue 1) (2012–)

Stade Pierre-Mauroy is a multi-use stadium in Villeneuve d'Ascq, near Lille, France, that opened in August 2012. It is located in the Hôtel de Ville quarter of Villeneuve d'Ascq and is the new home stadium of LOSC Lille Métropole.

History[edit]

Before the Grand Stade[edit]

In 1975, LOSC began playing at the Stade Grimonprez-Jooris, a 21,128-seat facility. When the club began to play European Competitions, the venue did not match UEFA standards, prompting the club to play its UEFA Champions League games at the Stade Félix-Bollaert, home of rival RC Lens, in 2001. Plans were soon made to build a new stadium which would match UEFA demands, but the project was postponed and finally cancelled due to struggle with preservationists who stated that the location chosen for the new stadium was too close from the 17th Century Citadel.

The club, which was left without a place to play, moved to the Stadium Nord which was smaller than Grimonprez-Jooris (18,154 seats) and also did not fulfill UEFA demands. This situation forced the team, who succeeded to qualify for 2005-06 UEFA Champions League, to play at the Stade de France for its European matches. This solution was abandoned after two young LOSC fans lost their life when they got hit by a coming train after a game against Olympique Lyonnais.

New administration, new project[edit]

While LOSC was struggling with its stadium problems, the administrative landscape of the Lille area changed. The city was now included in a vast association with its enclosed neighbors, forming the Urban Community of Lille Métropole. The new administration, now in charge of the whole area, decided to launch a new stadium project. On 5 December 2006, an industrial bid for a 50,000-seat multi-purpose stadium, able to receive sport competitions, cultural shows and hold seminars, was launched.
The following January, three worldwide construction companies answered the call, each one with ambitious projects:

  • Eiffage: a 50,000-seat capacity multi-purpose stadium, Meeting HQE standards with a retractable roof. The stadium has also a particularity: it can become a fully functional arena of 30,000 seats in only one hour: the Boite à spectacle.
  • Bouygues: The project proposed by the company was highly effective in energy saving. The structure was geothermic and most of its power was produced by Renewable energy. The stadium would have a 50,127-seat capacity.
  • Vinci: The project proposed by Vinci was the largest of the competition with a 50,921-seat capacity and a retractable roof. It would have been powered by 8000 m² of Solar panels

On February 2008, Eiffage was selected during a general meeting to build the stadium. The contract was officially signed between the two parties on October of the same year. Eiffage was given 45 months to finish the project

Construction of the stadium[edit]

On 10 July 2009, Eiffage received the building permit and the authorization to start the preparatory works for the construction at the Borne de l'Espoir location in Villeneuve-d'Ascq. In December 2009, the final two cities of the Lille Métropole who had yet to sign the building permit joined the project and gave their authorization. In February 2010, France officially became a candidate to organize the UEFA Euro 2016. The Grand Stade become the symbol of the candidature, boosting its public support.[2] In March 2010, construction of access infrastructure (Subway, Highway, parking lots) began followed one week after by the beginning of the construction of the arena itself. On 28 May 2010, France was officially chosen to organize the Euro 2016. Martine Aubry, who succeeded to Pierre Mauroy at the head of LCMU and big supporter of LOSC and the Grand Stade, expressed her wish to see the Grand Stade given a prominent amount of competition for the upcoming competition.[3] Construction accelerated, with the first brick posed by the Eiffage CEO on September 2010. In 2011, the structure supporting the roof was laid in place and constructions of the northern stands was completed by the end of that year. In 2012, the retractable roof, conceived in one piece, was successfully put in place in one day. Despite some legal delays, the stadium was delivered on schedule during the summer of 2012, in time for the 2012-13 LOSC season.

The stadium[edit]

Cost and financing[edit]

The total cost of the Eiffage project is €618 million, including €282 million for the stadium, €42 million for additional development such as parking, hotels, and restaurants, and €96 million to ensure that it meets seismic standards. This latter requirement was introduced in 2011, following a new law passed in the wake of the massive Japan earthquake and tsunami of that year.

To finance this amount, the cost will be spread between the city of Lille (24.7 million annually for 31 years), the LOSC (€7.5 million annually) and the Nord-Pas-de-Calais regional government (€45 million). The cost of the project spurred considerable controversy.

Features[edit]

The Grand Stade reaches a height of 31 m (101 feet) and has a total capacity of 50,186 seats including 4,965 business seats, 1,842 luxury-box seats, 448 protocol seats and 326 reserved for the press. The stadium has also a particularity: the Boîte à Spectacles. Half of the field can rise remotely above the other half to allow music shows or other sports plays. The Boîte à Spectacles will have a variable capacity, from 6,900 to 30,000 seats.

In addition, the Grand Stade will have a retractable roof. It is also recognized as a HQE Building with its solar panels and two windmills to ensure electrical supplying. The stadium will be fully accessible by highway and metro stations, in addition of 7,000 parking lines.

Tenants[edit]

The Grand Stade has received a five-star UEFA ranking and will host matches in UEFA Euro 2016. It is expected to significantly increase the revenue streams of LOSC Lille Métropole, its tenant club.

The stadium hosted its first rugby union Test match on 17 November 2012 during the 2012 Autumn Internationals, when France defeated Argentina 39-22.[4]

Concerts[edit]

The Barbadian superstar Rihanna performed at the stadium during her Diamonds World Tour on 20 July 2013.

English electronic band Depeche Mode will perform at the stadium on November 17, 2013 as part of their ongoing The Delta Machine Tour.

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Coordinates: 50°36′43″N 3°07′50″E / 50.6118833°N 3.13042778°E / 50.6118833; 3.13042778