France’s largest sport and concert venue, the Stade de France is the source of unique emotions and an unmatched atmosphere for past and future large-scale international sports events, superstar concerts and other major shows.
The Stade de France is the largest stadium in the country and has been the epicentre of most major national and international events held in France over the last twenty years.
Located in Saint-Denis, the venue was conceived by the architectural firm SCAU as the premier venue for the 1998 FIFA World Cup. It is the largest modular stadium in the world, with a lower seating bowl that can be retracted to reveal the athletics track. Its elliptical roof fully covers the stands. The pitch is natural grass, using an advanced soil substrate that guarantees excellent draining, cohesion, and water-retention capacity. The stadium regularly hosts large-scale spectacles and concerts, including the Opening Ceremonies for the FIFA World Cup 1998 and the Rugby World Cup 2007.
The Stade de France will host Athletics competitions as well as the Opening and Closing Ceremonies for the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The Stade de France is the home pitch of the French national football and rugby teams.
Since 1998, the Stade de France has hosted a number of international events, including:
1998 FIFA World Cup
1998-present Six Nations Championship (Rugby)
1999 IRB Rugby World Cup
1999-present IAAF Diamond League Paris Meeting
2003IAAF Athletics World Championships
2007 IRB Rugby World Cup
Future large-scale event at the venue include:
2016 UEFA European Championships
Following the Olympic and Paralympic Games, the Stade de France will resume its role as the home pitch of the French national football and rugby teams and host of various national and international football competitions as well as large-scale cultural and corporate events.