Stade de la Mosson
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|Full name||Stade de la Mosson|
|Opened||13 January 1972|
Stade de la Mosson (French pronunciation: [stad də la mɔˈsɔ̃]) is a football stadium in Montpellier, France. It is the home of Montpellier HSC (Ligue 1) and has a capacity of 32,900. Formerly a 16,000-seater stadium, it was entirely rebuilt in 1998 to host 6 games of the 1998 FIFA World Cup. It was also used as a venue for group stage matches in the 2007 Rugby World Cup.
On Saturday 9 June 2012, the stadium will host rugby league for the first time. The Catalans Dragons will continue their policy of playing some home games away from the Stade Gilbert Brutus, Perpignan by playing their Stobart Super League fixture against Wigan Warriors at the stadium. This will be the second time the fixture has been played in Montpellier with the previous year's game being held in the Stade Yves-du-Manoir.
In October 2014 the stadium flooded twice as over 12 inches of rain fell in Montpellier. The stadium and pitch were damaged and this resulted in Montpellier relocating for 5 fixtures during the 2014–15 season (4 Ligue 1 matches and 1 Coupe de la Ligue match) to the Altrad Stadium, until repairs had been made to the stadium. The relocation lasted for the remainder of 2014, the first fixture on 28 October, and the last being 13 December. The flooding caused Montpellier to cancel their 40-year anniversary celebration.
1998 FIFA World Cup
The stadium was one of the venues for the 1998 FIFA World Cup. The following games were played at the stadium during the World Cup of 1998:
|Date||Time (CEST)||Team #1||Result||Team #2||Round||Spectators|
|10 June 1998||21:00||Morocco||2 – 2||Norway||Group A||29,800|
|12 June 1998||14:30||Paraguay||0 – 0||Bulgaria||Group D||27,650|
|17 June 1998||21:00||Italy||3 – 0||Cameroon||Group B||29,800|
|22 June 1998||17:30||Colombia||1 – 0||Tunisia||Group G||29,800|
|25 June 1998||21:00||Germany||2 – 0||Iran||Group F||29,800|
|29 June 1998||16:30||Germany||2 – 1||Mexico||Round of 16||29,800|
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- "Ligue 1: Montpellier's stadium flooded for second time in a week". Sky Sports. Sky. Retrieved 20 February 2015.
- Augustus, Luke. "Montpellier face huge stadium repairs after Ligue 1 outfit's Stade de la Mosson was affected by mass flooding in the city". MailOnline. Daily Mail. Retrieved 7 October 2014.
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