STADE DE LYON
The Stade de Lyon is the main stadium of the city of Lyon.
Lyon is the capital of the Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes region, near the French Alps. It is the third largest city in France and an important geographical crossroad of Europe. The city is known for its historical and architectural landmarks and is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Since the late 20th century, it has developed a reputation as the capital of gastronomy in France and in the world. From an economic point of view, Lyon is an attractive, dynamic city thanks to easy access from all over Europe, the availability of qualified workforce and research centres and the development of a thriving IT services industry.
The brand new Stade de Lyon opened in January 2016 based on a design by the architectural firm Populous. The impressive, multipurpose complex features a state-of-the-art pitch, ample athlete preparation and media areas, hotels, restaurants and over 8,000 m2 of exhibition space. The Stade de Lyon is adorned by a spectacular roof which covers the boulevard leading to it and thus unifies the experience for spectators approaching the venue. The stadium’s environmental impact is moderated thanks to solar panels installed on the roof, a natural ventilation system and the capability to recycle rainwater for irrigation purposes. The natural grass pitch was designed based on the latest innovative grass technology.
The Stade de Lyon will host Football competitions for the Olympic Games.
Opened in 2016, the Stade de Lyon is the home pitch of the Olympique Lyonnais football club (part of Ligue 1 - the top division of the French professional football league).
Future large-scale events at the venue include:
2016 UEFA European Championship
2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup
Following the Olympic Games, the Stade de Lyon will resume its role as the home pitch of the Olympique Lyonnais Football club, as well as the host of rugby matches and large-scale cultural and corporate events for the entire region.