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Allianz Stadion, the new home ground of Rapid Wien


Wien - Allianz StadionWien - Allianz StadionThe new stadium of Rapid Wien was officially opened on Saturday, 16th July 2017, in a grand style. On the occasion, the home team, Rapid Wien, played Chelsea F.C. (2:0), a football giant from England. Fans could enjoy the first league match one week later, when Rapid played SV Ried in the 2016/2017 season opening match. And a few days later, a UEFA Europa League qualifying match was played there.

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How Estádio da Luz, home of Benfica, changed over time


Lisboa - Estádio da LuzLisboa - Estádio da LuzThe Estádio da Luz had been the home ground of the Portuguese club Benfica Lisbon for more than fifty years before it was replaced by a new stadium, bearing the same name, in 2003. The construction of the stadium, also known as the Estádio de Carnide, was begun in July 1953. It was inaugurated a year later, on 1st December, with a match between Benfica and Porto (1-3). The initial capacity of the Estádio da Luz was 50,000 but when the third tier was built, the capacity increased to 80,000.

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Stade de France – the main venue for the 2016 European Championship


Paris - Stade de FranceParis - Stade de FranceThe French national stadium, situated north of the centre of Paris, in the district of Saint-Denis, was built principally to provide venue for the 1998 World Cup. With a capacity of 81,000 seats it became the largest stadium in France and the main venue for the World Cup matches. The stadium hosted nine matches, including the opening match and the final. It will play a similar role during EURO 2016.

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Modernization of Park des Princes ahead of Euro 2016


Paris - Parc des PrincesParis - Parc des PrincesThe Parc des Princes, or Park of the Princes, is the home ground of Paris Saint-Germain. The club has been playing there since 1974, which was four years after PSG had been started. The Parc des Princes, originally a multi-purpose venue, was built in 1897, and like most stadiums at that time it had a cycle track. The track was part of the stadium until 1967, when it hosted the final stage of the Tour de France for the last time. Five years later, a brand new stadium with a capacity of 48,700 was built on the site of the “vélodrome”.

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Presentation of the new EURO 2016 venue in Lyon
 

Lyon - Parc OLLyon - Parc OL

06.07.2016: Olympique Lyon played their very first match in 2016 at Parc Olympique Lyonnais, their new stadium, and they beat Troyes 4-1. It was decided that a new stadium would be built only after it had been confirmed that France would host the 2016 European Championship. The Lyon stadium will provide venue for four group matches, a round-of-16 match and a semi-final match. With a capacity of nearly 60,000 seats it is the third largest stadium in France.

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Presenting the Nice stadium for Euro 2016


Nice - Allianz RivieraNice - Allianz RivieraThe Allianz Group allied its name with yet another football stadium. There is the Allianz Arena in Munich, and now the new stadium in Nice has also been named in this fashion – since 2013 it has been called the Allianz Riviera stadium. However, the new home ground of OGC Nice, a Ligue 1 club, is not the last one. In 2016 the Allianz Stadion was newly built in Vienna, to become the new home ground of Rapid Vienna. Which European city will get the next Allianz stadium?

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Multi-purpose arena in Lille - another Euro 2016 venue


Lille - Stade Pierre-MauroyLille - Stade Pierre-MauroyIn 2012 a new multi-purpose arena, with a capacity of 50,000 seats, was built in Lille. It will provide venue for the 2016 European Championship matches as well as the Lille OSC home matches. But that is not all. Thanks to its unique, movable pitch and retractable roof it can be used as a venue for various other sport matches. The construction of this multi-purpose arena, the size of a football stadium, cost 282 million EUR and it was done by the company Eiffage, which will be able to profit from using it for commercial purposes until 2043.

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