Rugby World Cup Stadiums
Bordeaux: Stade Chaban-Delmas
Stade Chaban-Delmas (known as Parc Lescure until 2001) is a football and rugby union stadium in Bordeaux, France. Indeed, it is the home ground of FC Girondins de Bordeaux. It has a capacity of 34,327 places and it was built in 1938. It was completely covered. The stadium also hosted the 1997-98 Heineken Cup final. It hosted two matches of the 1999 Rugby World Cup and will host four matches during the 2007 Rugby World Cup. The place name is a tribute to Bordeaux's former mayor from 1947 to 1995, Jacques Chaban-Delmas.
Cardiff: Millennium Stadium
This is the national stadium of Wales, located in the capital Cardiff, and is used primarily for rugby union and football home internationals. At the time of its construction it was the largest stadium in the United Kingdom with a total capacity of 74,500, but has since been overtaken by Old Trafford, Twickenham Stadium and the new Wembley Stadium. The Millennium Stadium is owned by Millennium Stadium plc which is a subsidiary company owned by the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU).
Edinburgh: Murrayfield Stadium
This Stadium is in the capital of Scotland, Edinburgh, and is the home of Scottish rugby union. It once held the record for the largest ever attendance for a rugby union match, with 104,000 watching Scotland play Wales in 1975. Today, its all-seater capacity is 67,800.
Lens: Félix-Bollaert Stadium
The Racing Club Lens’ football stadium is one of the most electrifying in France. The Lens Racing Club fans are considered the most loyal in France. In 1931 the commercial director of the Lens coal mining company decided to build a stadium to allow company workers to get some exercise. So 180 out-of-work miners set to work on a disused piece of land between the No 1 and No 9 pits to build a big stadium that was to take the name of the commercial director, Félix Bollaert, on his death in 1936.
Lyon: Gerland Stadium
Completed in 1926, Gerland stadium was designed by architect Tony Garnier and has undergone several renovations, most recently in 1998 to accommodate games of the soccer World Cup. Nowadays, it's total capacity is 41,842 numbered seats in covered areas.
Marseille: The Velodrome
The stadium’s history from its opening in June 1937 is punctuated by a series of sporting triumphs - mainly in football. With 10 championship titles, as many French Cups and a European Cup - still France’s only win in the event - there have been plenty of occasions to celebrate. At the beginning of the 1970s the duo Skoblar-Magnusson had fans drooling in a refurbished Vélodrome (36 000 capacity) and now fans lovingly recall Papin, Waddle and company cutting down the great AC Milan side in 1991 before the team led by Deschamps and Boli brought back the European Cup two years later. Total capacity: 59,500
Montpellier: The Mosson Stadium
La Mosson Stadium owes its denomination to the river that flows at its foot. The stadium paid a heavy price for its location during the floods that occurred in late 2002. The site has been cleaned up since, though, and the local soccer club, Montpellier-Hérault SC, was once again able to satisfy its numerous supporters, as it had been doing since the early 1970s. It's capacity: 33,650
Nantes: La Beaujoire
The Stade de La Beaujoire - Louis Fonteneau, better known as La Beaujoire, is a stadium in Nantes. It is the home ground of the FC Nantes Atlantique football club. In September 2007 it will host three pool games 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.
Paris: The Parc des Princes
The Parc des Princes is a 48,712-seat stadium in the 16th arrondissement of Paris, France. It is the home of football team Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and was the national stadium of France until the Stade de France was built for the 1998 FIFA World Cup. The stadium and grounds are owned by the City of Paris. The name Parc des Princes was given to the surrounding area during the 18th century, when it was a forest used by the royal family for their hunting hobby.
Saint-Denis: The Stade de France
The Stade de France is a football and rugby union stadium in Saint-Denis, an inner suburb of Paris. It has a capacity of around 80,000. The stadium is currently used for the French rugby union team during the Six Nations and other internationals. The French football team also use the pitch for almost every friendly games, and it was there where they defeated Brazil 3-0 in the 1998 FIFA World Cup final. Paris's main rugby club, Stade Français, have also regularly used the stadium as a home ground in recent years.
Saint-Etienne: Geoffroy-Guichard Stadium
The amazing sign over the tunnel leading out onto the Geoffroy-Guichard pitch makes the warning clear to opponents of AS Saint-Etienne: a fever-pitch crowd awaits them. The club earned its nickname of les Verts (the Greens) when they inspired the whole of France with their swashbuckling football in the 1970s. It's capacity reaches 35,650 seats.