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Recycling the old stadium into a new Stade du Hameau

Sylvain Caliman, Stadium Manager of Section Paloise, shared insights on the development and process of the new Stade du Hameau during the ESSMA Summit.

Redevelopment process

As part of the redevelopment process, four main target points were taken in mind:

  • Aesthetic: creating an overall unity and a new look
  • Economic: one of the least expensive rugby stadiums in France
  • Timeliness: respect deadlines and finish in time
  • Ecological: building an environmental-friendly stadium

The construction was divided into three phases:

Phase 1: September 2016 - February 2017

Honour stand
  • Creation of the shop
East stand
  • Extension lateral stands (+ 1,300 seats)
  • Stand rising
  • Framing
North stand
  • Remodelling of the mound
  • Beginning of the construction


Phase 2: February 2017 - August 2017

Honour stand
  • Dressing rooms
East stand
  • Roofing and façade cladding
  • Framing of the stand
  • Bench of the 2nd floor
North stand
  • Roofing and cladding
  • Accommodation 2nd and 3rd floor


Phase 3: February 2017 - August 2017

East stand
  • Seats
  • Installation of two kiosks
  • VIP accommodation 
North stand
  • Stand receipt


Additionally, the club also constructed the MACRON training centre with the same targets as their stadium and a €2 million budget. The training facility was built in six months and it includes a medical area, video room, dressing rooms, exercise rooms, three pitches and more.  

Stade du Hameau today

After 18 months of construction, the new Stade du Hameau was inaugurated on 2 December with a game against Union Bordeaux Bègles. The stadium’s capacity has been expanded from 16,884 to 18,324 including 1,721 VIP seats and 32 places for disabled people.

Future steps

  • New pitch from the 2018-2019 season
  • 100% connected stadium (including WiFi and a partnership with Vogo Sport)
  • Fan zone
  • Additional parking
  • Kids area in the stand
  • etc.

Furthermore, in 3 to 4 years, the club aims to have a closed stadium including a new Ossau stand, integration of office space, a roof unit and a large screen between the Honour and Ossau stand.

Lessons learnt

  • Involve your partners
  • Try to keep the club’s identity and history
  • Provide a higher budget for unestimated additional costs
  • Knowledge sharing with other stadiums and best practices
  • Communication is key in the process
  • Build step by step

Access the presentation on the ESSMA Knowledge Platform

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