Parc Olympique Lyonnais

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Parc Olympique Lyonnais
Parc OL.jpg
Location 10, Avenue Simone Veil
69150 Décines-Charpieu
France
Coordinates 45°45′55″N 4°58′55″E / 45.76528°N 4.98194°E / 45.76528; 4.98194Coordinates: 45°45′55″N 4°58′55″E / 45.76528°N 4.98194°E / 45.76528; 4.98194
Owner OL Groupe
Operator OL Groupe
Executive suites 105
Capacity 59,186 [1]
Record attendance 56,696 (Lyon vs Monaco, 7 May 2016)
Field size 105 × 68 metres (344 ft × 223 ft)
Surface AirFibr hybrid grass [2]
Construction
Broke ground 22 October 2012
Opened 9 January 2016[4]
Construction cost €415 million
Architect Populous[3]
Structural engineer Vinci SA
Services engineer Vinci SA
General contractor Vinci SA
Tenants
Olympique Lyonnais (2016–present)
UEFA Euro 2016
2019 FIFA Women's World Cup

The Parc Olympique Lyonnais,[5] nicknamed the Grand Stade and the Stade des Lumières, is a 59,186-seat stadium for French football club Olympique Lyonnais in Décines near Lyon. It replaced its previous stadium, Stade de Gerland, in January 2016.

It is a scheduled venue for UEFA Euro 2016 and the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup.

History[edit]

On 1 September 2008, Olympique Lyonnais president Jean-Michel Aulas announced plans to create a new 60,000-seat stadium, tentatively called OL Land, to be built on 50 hectares of land located in Décines-Charpieu, a suburb of Lyon. The stadium would also include state-of-the-art sporting facilities, two hotels, a leisure center, and commercial and business offices.

On 13 October 2008, the project was agreed upon by the French government, the General Council of Rhône, the Grand Lyon, SYTRAL, and the municipality of Décines for construction with approximately 180 million of public money being used and between €60–80 million coming from the Urban Community of Lyon.[6] Since the announcement, the project has been hindered due to slow administrative procedures, political interests, and various opposition groups who view the stadium as financially, ecologically, and socially wrong for the taxpayers and community of Décines. The project is proceeding, with an estimate that the stadium will be completed by 2015, with at least part of a season for breaking in before the 2016 Eurogames.[7]

On 22 September 2009, French newspaper L'Équipe reported that OL Land had been selected by the French Football Federation as one of the twelve stadiums to be used in the country's bidding for UEFA Euro 2016.[8] The FFF officially made their selections on 11 November 2009 and the city of Lyon was selected as a site to host matches during the tournament.[9]

After the landscaping in 2012, the stadium construction started in summer 2013.

Lyon played their first game in the new stadium on 9 January 2016, winning 4–1 against Troyes in Ligue 1; Alexandre Lacazette scored the first goal at the ground.[10]

The venue is scheduled to host an outdoor Ligue Magnus ice hockey game between Lyon and Grenoble on 30 December 2016.[11]

UEFA Euro 2016 matches[edit]

As one of the venues for UEFA Euro 2016, the Parc Olympique Lyonnais has held the following matches:

Date Time (CET) Team #1 Result Team #2 Round Attendance
13 June 2016 21:00  Belgium 0–2  Italy Group E 55,408
16 June 2016 18:00  Ukraine 0–2  Northern Ireland Group C 51,043
19 June 2016 21:00  Romania 0–1  Albania Group A 49,752
22 June 2016 18:00  Hungary 3–3  Portugal Group F 55,514
26 June 2016 15:00  France 2–1  Republic of Ireland Round of 16 56,279
6 July 2016 21:00  Portugal 2–0  Wales Semi-final 55,679

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ligue 1 club: Olympique Lyonnais". Ligue de Football Professionnel. Retrieved 12 January 2016. 
  2. ^ "Natural Grass SAS". Natural Grass SAS. Retrieved 12 January 2016. 
  3. ^ "Grand Stade de Lyon". Populous. Retrieved 12 January 2016. 
  4. ^ http://www.worldofstadiums.com/europe/france/parc-olympique-lyonnais/
  5. ^ Grand Stade | Club. OLWeb.fr. Retrieved on 19 June 2016.
  6. ^ "Le grand stade est relancé". France Soir. 16 October 2008. Retrieved 30 October 2009. 
  7. ^ "La construction d'enceintes sportives en France relèvent du parcours du combattant". France Soir. 23 October 2009. Retrieved 30 October 2009. 
  8. ^ "OL Land serait séléctionné pour l'Euro 2016". France Soir. 22 September 2009. Retrieved 30 October 2009. 
  9. ^ "Les 12 villes retenues". French Football Federation. 11 November 2009. Retrieved 12 November 2009. 
  10. ^ "Lyon 4–1 Troyes: Alexandre Lacazette nets as Ligue 1 giants celebrate opening of their new Parc OL stadium in style". Daily Mail. 10 January 2016. Retrieved 4 April 2016. 
  11. ^ "Winter Game : bientôt du hockey sur glace au Parc OL !" [Winter Game: ice hockey coming soon at Parc OL!]. Lyon Mag. 12 February 2016. Retrieved 4 April 2016. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Twickenham
London
European Rugby Champions Cup
Final Venue

2015–16
Succeeded by
BT Murrayfield Stadium
Edinburgh
Preceded by
The Twickenham Stoop
London
European Rugby Challenge Cup
Final Venue

2015–16
Succeeded by
BT Murrayfield Stadium
Edinburgh
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BC Place
Vancouver
FIFA Women's World Cup
Final Venue

2019
Succeeded by
TBA
Preceded by
Commonwealth Stadium
Edmonton
FIFA Women's World Cup
Opening Venue

2019
Succeeded by
TBA