Stade Ernest-Wallon

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Stade Ernest-Wallon
Stade des Sept Deniers
Stade Toulousain - Stade Ernest Wallon.jpg
The stadium as it looked in 1920.
Former names Parc des Sports
Stade des Sept Deniers
Coordinates 43°37′19″N 1°24′56″E / 43.62194°N 1.41556°E / 43.62194; 1.41556Coordinates: 43°37′19″N 1°24′56″E / 43.62194°N 1.41556°E / 43.62194; 1.41556
Owner Stade Toulousain
Capacity 19,500
Surface grass
Construction
Broke ground 1978
Built 1978-1982
Opened 1982[1]
Tenants
Stade Toulousain

Stade Ernest-Wallon (usually called "stade des Sept Deniers") is a multi-purpose stadium in Toulouse, France. It is currently the home of rugby union team Stade Toulousain. The stadium was built in the late 1980s and was recently renovated. It has a capacity of 19,500.[2] The stadium however is not always suitable for big games. For the larger fixtures, such as championships play-offs or Heineken Cup games, the fixture may be moved to Stadium Municipal, which has nearly double the capacity.

The Stade Ernest-Wallon was used to host the rugby league international fixture between France and England, in which England defeated France 56-8. The stadium once again hosted rugby league on 31 October 2009, seeing a 2009 Gillette Four Nations game between France and New Zealand, resulting in a 62-12 win for the Kiwis in front of 12,412 spectators. It also hosted the French Super League side Catalans Dragons, as part of their initiative to expand club rugby league in France, in 2013: a sellout crowd, many of whom carried banners supporting local side Toulouse Olympique's bid to enter the Super League, saw the Dragons lose 22-21 to Hull Kingston Rovers.

Interior of the modern Stade Ernest Wallon

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.worldofstadiums.com/europe/france/stade-ernest-wallon/
  2. ^ "Ernest Wallon". Stadetoulousain.fr. Retrieved 14 October 2011. 

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