The Famous Sports Stadiums in France
France has a number of stadiums in the country that are famous for hosting major domestic and international events. These arenas are able to support thousands of French supporters who are renowned for their passion, and at times their ability to show their displeasure at their team’s performance.
The Stade de France stadium in Paris is the home to both France’s rugby union team and also their football side. The ground holds 80,000 spectators and is the only stadium in the world to have hosted both rugby and football world cup finals.
It is also planned for the stadium to host the 2020 European Athletics Championships and in 2024 it will do the same for the Olympic Games, as well as being the venue for the opening and closing ceremonies. The beauty of the stadium is it is able to be versatile yet still seem to be the natural home to a number of these different sports.
The different regions of France are fiercely loyal to their areas and this is reflected in the stadiums that support their sports teams. The Stade Felix Moyol is home to the Toulon rugby team. Only 18000 spectators can squeeze into the ground, but it has a unique atmosphere with it being tightly surrounded by the city’s tall buildings.
The crowd are known for chanting “Pilou Pilou” and another custom is for them to throw torn up newspapers into the air to celebrate their team’s first try. This all combines to give the stadium a special atmosphere and a hostile ground for the opposition teams to visit.
Just as imposing is the Parc Des Sports Marcel Michelin the home to Claremont Auvergne ruby club, which is situated in the centre of the Massif Central region of the country. At one stage the home side went unbeaten for 77 games at home, as the stadium proved to be an intimidating place to visit.
Named after the tire manufacturer, the stadium was built in 1911 and now has a capacity for 19,000 spectators. The ground is so popular that despite its small size the national team regularly play there as they realize the importance of the “home ground advantage”.
The fickle nature of the country’s home fans is regularly seen at Roland Garros which is the home of the French Open Tennis championships. This is one of the world’s major tennis championships and is the leading one on a clay surface.
The crowd are renowned for passionately supporting their home players, yet the weight of expectation has sometimes proved too much for their home stars and it has led to great disappointment. Sometimes their desire for the French players to do well has upset foreign players and this has caused controversy over past years.
Not every sports venue in France is intimidating for people to visitor. In fact, it is quite charming to visit Longchamp just outside of Paris in early October. This is the time when the group 1 race the Prix de L’Arc des Triomph is run.
The event sees 50,000 spectators gather to watch the 2400-yard race for thoroughbreds who are three years or older. The track is situated on the River Seine and many of the spectators will arrive for their special day on boats that have taken them from Paris.
France is home to a wide variety of stadiums that are ideal for watching top class sports events.