Stade de France

Short history

The Stade de France is the national stadium of France, just north of Paris in the commune of Saint-Denis. Its seating capacity of 81,338 makes it the sixth-largest stadium in Europe.

The stadium is used by 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 organizing committee. On 12 July 1998, France defeated Brazil 3–0 in the 1998 FIFA World Cup Final contested at the stadium.

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 facility was also intended to draw interest in and develop the area of the Plaine Saint-Denis, which straddle the communes of Saint-Denis, Aubervilliers, and Saint-Ouen.

First redevelopment took place in 2006 with new giant screens being the most distinctive part of the works. Another happened before Euro 2016 which brought another cup final to the stadium.

Important events

It is the only venue in the world to host a World Cup final in both football (1998) and rugby (1999). As well the Champions League final and the EURO 2016 final.

The stadium is also used for music concerts with The Rolling Stones, U2, Rihanna, AC/DC, Justin Timberlake, Céline Dion, Beyoncé, Jay Z, Coldplay, Red Hot Chili Peppers, One Direction, Eminem, Lady Gaga, Tina Turner, Paul McCartney, Prince, Madonna, The Police and having performed here.