Stade de France Building in Paris

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Stade de France Building in Paris

Euro 2016 Venue: Arena in Saint-Denis, Paris, France – design by Macary, Zublena, Regembal, Constantini

10 Jun 2016

Stade de France Building in Paris

Design: CR SCAU Architecture – Michel Macary, Aymeric Zublena, Michel Regembal, Claude Constantini

Stade de France Building in Paris

Capacity: 81,338

Date built: 1995-98

Size Status: fifth-largest stadium in Europe.

Address: 93216 Saint-Denis, France

Architects: Michel Macary, Aymeric Zublena, Michel Regembal, Claude Constantini

Construction cost €290 million

This arena will host some matches at UEFA Euro 2016, including the final.

Stade de France Building in Paris
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The Stade de France is the national stadium of France, situated just north of Paris in the commune of Saint-Denis. Its seating capacity of 81,338 makes it the fifth-largest stadium in Europe. The stadium is used by both the France national football team and French rugby union team for international competition.

Originally built for the 1998 FIFA World Cup, the stadium’s name was recommended by Michel Platini, head of the organising committee. On 12 July 1998, France defeated Brazil 3–0 in the 1998 FIFA World Cup Final contested at the stadium.

Stade de France is listed as a Category 4 stadium by UEFA and has hosted matches for the 1998 FIFA World Cup, the UEFA Champions League finals in 2000 and2006, some matches for the 1999 Rugby World Cup, and the 2007 Rugby World Cup, making it the only stadium in the world to have hosted both a Football World Cup final and a Rugby World Cup final.

Stade de France in Paris
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Domestically, the Stade de France serves as a secondary home facility of Parisian rugby clubs Stade Français and Racing Métro 92, hosting a few of their regular-season fixtures. The stadium also hosts the main French domestic cup finals, which include the Coupe de France (both football and rugby), Coupe de la Ligue,Challenge de France, and the Coupe Gambardella, as well as the Top 14 rugby union championship match.

The stadium is also used for music concerts and other sporting events.

source: Wikipedia

Stade de France’s Euro 2016 Games

Group A – France v Romania, 10 June (20:00 BST)
Group E – Rep. of Ireland v Sweden 13 June (17:00 BST)
Group C – Germany v Poland, 16 June (20:00 BST)
Group F – Iceland v Austria, 22 June (17:00 BST)

Last 16 (1st Grp E v 2nd Grp D), 27 June (17:00 BST)

Quarter-final #4, 3 July (20:00 BST)

Final, 10 July (20:00 BST)

Stade de France Building

During the 1998 World Cup the Stade de France hosted nine matches, among which the opening match between Brazil and Scotland, the semi-final between France and Croatia, and the final between France and Brazil, in which the host team won.

The stadium has also hosted two Champions League finals, the first in 2000 between Real Madrid and Valencia, and the second in 2006 between Barcelona and Arsenal.

Website: Stade de France Paris

The national stadium in France resulted from the country’s selection to host the 1998 FIFA World Cup in July 1992. As a result of the selection, the country and the France Football Federation made a commitment to construct an 80,000+ capacity all-seater stadium with every seat in the facility being covered. It was the first time in over 70 years since the construction of the Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir that a stadium in France was being constructed for a specific event.

The Council sought for the stadium to be built as close as possible to the capital of France, Paris, and that the constructor and operator of the facility would receive significant financial contribution for a period of 30 months following the completion of the stadium.

The stadium’s design was handled by the team of architects composed of Michel Macary, Aymeric Zublena, Regembal Michel, and Claude Costantini who were associated with CR SCAU Architecture.
The installation of the roof and the mobile platform took more than a year to complete.

The Stade de France has a movable stand which can be retracted to uncover part of the athletics track. The stadium was notably designed with the assistance of a software simulation of crowd in order to get an accurate observation of how it would look fully developed.
The stadium was built without any undersoil heating. When Ireland were due to play France in the Six Nations Tournament rugby union match of 2012, the game had to be cancelled.
Construction of the Stade de France’s roof cost over €45 million. Its elliptical shape symbolizes the ‘universality of sport’ in France. Its area of six hectares and weight, 13,000 tons, is considered a technical marvel.

It was designed to easily protect the 80,000 spectators without covering the playing field. All lighting and sound, which include 550 lights and 36 blocks of 5 speakers, are housed inside to avoid obstructing visibility. The tinted glass in the center reduces the contrast and distributes natural light. It filters out red and infrared radiation, however, it allows blue and green lights, due to their necessity involving the health of the turf.
The Stade de France is the biggest modular stadium in the world with three galleries.
The forum is a low mobile platform of 25,000 seats. It is reached by the level 1. It can drop 15 feet to reveal all of the running track and jumping pits. It then retains 22,000 seats. The movement lasts 80 hours with around 40 people involved.
Access to the gallery is through with 22 bridges and can be found at level 3 with a concentration of restaurants, entertainment areas, shops and central station security.
18 staircases lead viewers to the upper gallery located at Level 6.

Location: Stade de France, Paris, France

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