U Arena

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U Arena (proposed name)
Location Nanterre, France
Capacity 32,000 (rugby)
40,000 (concerts)
5,000+ (indoor sports)
Surface Artificial
Construction
Opened September 2017[1]
Construction cost 320 million
Architect Christian de Portzamparc
Tenants
Racing 92

U Arena, known in its earlier planning and construction stages as Arena 92 (stylized as Arena92), is an upcoming multi-use domed stadium (the first in Europe since Telenor Arena) now under construction, that the French rugby union club Racing 92 is building in the western suburbs of Paris.[2] It will replace their current stadium Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir. Originally planned to open in 2014 but delayed due to local protests, it is now projected to open early in the 2017–18 French rugby season.[1] The venue, originally planned to have a retractable roof but instead being built with a fixed roof, offers three separate configurations. In its rugby configuration, it will have a capacity of 32,000. For concerts, it will be able to seat 40,000.[1][permanent dead link] Finally, a movable stand will allow it to be used for indoor sports, with a capacity as low as 5,000.

The stadium's working name, subject to change with future sponsorship agreements, was changed from "Arena92" to "U Arena", referencing the structure's shape, in November 2016.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "L'Arena 92 sera livrée en septembre 2017". L'Équipe (in French). 2 May 2016. Retrieved 2 June 2016. 
  2. ^ "Top départ pour le grand stade de Nanterre". Leparisien.fr. Retrieved 2012-05-21. 
  3. ^ "Nanterre-La Défense : l'Arena 92 devient U Arena". Le Parisien (in French). 15 November 2016. Retrieved 11 February 2017. 

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Coordinates: 48°53′45″N 2°13′49″E / 48.895844°N 2.230203°E / 48.895844; 2.230203