Parc Olympique Lyonnais
Uefa Capacity: 59,000
Olympique Lyonnais’s new 59,000 seater ground was only just inaugurated in January this year – three years after construction began in the summer of 2013.
Parc Olympique Lyonnais was designed by architects Populous who specialise in sports stadiums. Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium, the Friends Arena Stockholm and Benfica’s Estádio da Luz are among their impressive catalogue of high-profile projects.
OL picked up most of the €415m bill for the project, though infrastructure improvements around the ground are being paid for by the public purse, and it will be the third biggest venue of the tournament.
Also known as Stade des Lumières or Stade de Lyon, it replaces Lyon’s ageing 40,000 capacity Stade de Gerland - which was opened in 1926 and home to OL since 1950. The new ground is located in the eastern-suburb Décines, more than 10km out from the city centre.
The ground is right next to the N346/E15 motorway and is about a 10 to 15-minute walk from the Decines Grand Large stop on Tram Line 3. It’ll likely take you at least half an hour to get out from the city centre on the tram, so we’d recommend leaving plenty of time for your journey on matchday due to the volume of people using the main routes east.
Each host city has committed to providing a Fan Zone where supporters are able to gather and watch the matches on big screens, for free. The size and scope of these vary from city to city, however, and while they will all be equipped with fast food stalls and information from tournament sponsors, five-a-side pitches and the usual facilities, don’t assume that what applied in one city will apply in the next.
Some are open only for matches that are played in the host city itself, others for their own matches plus those of the French national team, while others will show every game. At the time of going to press the details for Lyon’s fanzone, expected to be in Place Bellecourt with a capacity of 20,000, hadn’t been finalised.