PARC DES PRINCES
The Parc des Princes is a historic football stadium located in the 16th arrondissement of Paris, in the immediate vicinity of the Stade Jean Bouin (Rugby venue) and within walking distance from Roland-Garros (Tennis venue).
The “Princes’ Park” originally was a hunting ground for members of the royal family and began its sporting history as a velodrome in the late 19th century. The current stadium was completed in 1972 by architect Roger Taillibert, who also built the Olympic Stadium of Montreal. The design is innovative and allows spectators to enjoy excellent sightlines, with no seat being further than 45 meters from the pitch. Parc des Princes was the first stadium where lighting systems were integrated onto its elliptical roof, and it is still praised for its unique acoustics and its distinctive concrete ribs.
The stadium has moved with times and adapted well to changing standards over the last forty years. The most recent renovation was completed in 2014 and included: the creation of two new rows of seating closer to the field of play; the replacement of all 45,000 seats; the installation of the latest generation pitch; and the complete overhaul of athlete and spectator experience areas. The pitch features natural grass with underground heating and is reinforced with artificial strands sewn into the pitch for a faster, more even and resistant surface.
Parc des Princes will host Football competitions for the Olympic Games.
The Parc des Princes is the home pitch of Paris Saint-Bermain football club (part of Ligue 1 – the top division of the French professional football league).
In its long history, the Parc des Princes has hosted myriad international events, including:
1938 FIFA World Cup
1984 UEFA European Championships
1998 FIFA World Cup
2007 IRB Rugby World Cup
Future events for Parc des Princes include matches of the UEFA European Championships in 2016.
Following the Olympic Games, the Parc des Princes will resume its role as the home pitch of the Paris Saint-Germain Football club.