Stade de la Beaujoire

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Stade de la Beaujoire - Louis Fonteneau
La Beaujoire, Stadium of Nantes, Stadium of Ghosts
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Stade de la Beaujoire is located in Nantes
Stade de la Beaujoire
Location Route de Saint Joseph 44300, Nantes, France
Coordinates 47°15′20″N 1°31′31″W / 47.255631°N 1.525375°W / 47.255631; -1.525375
Opened May 8, 1984
Surface Grass (105m x 68m)
Capacity
38,285
Tenants
FC Nantes

The Stade de la Beaujoire - Louis Fonteneau, or "Stade de la Beaujoire" (French pronunciation: ​[stad də la boˈʒwaʁ]), is a stadium in Nantes, France. It is the home of the FC Nantes football club.

The stadium opened for the first time on May 8, 1984, for a friendly game: FC Nantes - Romania. It was named after Louis Fonteneau, who was President of FC Nantes between 1969-1986. It was renovated in 1998, for the World Cup. While its original capacity was 52,923, in 1998, it was converted to an all-seater stadium and its current capacity is 38,285. Previously, the team played at Stade Marcel Saupin.

The stadium also hosts international rugby matches, including France against New Zealand (16-3) on November 15, 1986. In September 2007, it hosted three pool matches of the 2007 Rugby World Cup: Wales vs Canada on September 9, England vs Samoa on September 22 and Wales vs Fiji on September 29. In domestic rugby, La Beaujoire hosted both Top 14 semifinal matches in 2013, and Paris-area Top 14 side Racing Métro 92 will play their final "home" match of the 2013–14 season against Clermont at La Beaujoire on April 19, 2014.

La Beaujoire hosted matches during the 1984 European Football Championship, including a 5-0 victory for France over Belgium. Six matches were also played there during the 1998 FIFA World Cup, including the quarter-final between Brazil and Denmark.

The France national football team have played here on four occasions, most recently 2007 in a EURO 2008 qualifying match against Lithuania (2-0).

The stadium has also hosted musical concerts including:

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
13 Jun 1998  Spain 2-3  Nigeria Group D
16 Jun 1998  Brazil 3-0  Morocco Group A
20 Jun 1998  Japan 0-1  Croatia Group H
23 Jun 1998  Chile 1-1  Cameroon Group B
25 Jun 1998  United States 0-1  Yugoslavia Group F
03 Jul 1998  Brazil 3-2  Denmark Quarter-finals