The Stade de France is the national stadium of France which is situated in its capital city, Paris. The stadium plays host to the French national sides in both Football and Rugby and has the ability to host athletics competitions, it also hosts the national cup competition finals in both Football and Rugby. The stadium was opened in 1998 after being built as part of France’s World Cup 1998 bid, it is a Uefa category 4 stadia. Construction of the bowl styled stadium cost around 300 million euros and it has a seating capacity of 81,338 for football and rugby with retractable stands lowering the capacity for athletics to 75,000. The stadium has hosted major finals since its opening, including both Rugby and Football World Cup finals as well as major club competition finals. The stadium also hosts concerts with many major bands playing at the stadium in the summer.
The stadium is located in a district to the north of the centre of Paris, Saint-Denis. The train B on the suburban train line takes you to the stadium; on the underground take line 13 to the ‘Porte de Paris’ station.
Opening Times and Admission
The stadium runs a tour which starts at the stadium entrance E and costs around 15 euros, the tour will take you into most parts of the stadium and lasts around one hour; the tours run from 11 am every day.