Stade de Nice
Uefa Capacity - 35,000
The Stade de Nice (or Allianz Riviera depending on which competition you’re in) opened in September 2013.
It was much-needed new home for OGC Nice, replacing the pokey Stade du Ray which only holds 18,000 and built in 1927, was beginning to show its age. Like many of the Euro 2016 venues, it was part financed by public and private money, and was designed by notable French architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte – construction began in 2011 and the project cost €245m.
The ground is located next to the Var river, around 10km west of Nice city centre – so make sure you plan your match-day travel in advance. We expect most fans to take the TER train from Gare de Nice-Ville down to Gare Nice Saint-Augustin and hop on a shuttle service from there.
Alternatively, the number 95 bus will take you straight to Stade de Nice on match-days from Hôpital St Roch in the city centre in around 50 minutes.
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.
Nice is one such city where the template varies. The fanzone will be based around the Promenade de Paillon and Jardin Albert 1ere at the southern end of the city, and will have capacity for 10,000 fans. It will be open from 1pm to midnight during the group stages, and until 1am for the knockout matches.
At present it is planned to be open for 15 days at minimum during the tournament (the precise details hadn’t been finalised at the time of going to press) and will show all matches played in the city, those of the French national team, and all games from the quarter finals onward on two giant screens (one in Jardin Albert 1ere, and one at the Théatre de Verdure).
The activities (five-a-side pitches, beach soccer, exhibitions including one from the National Museum of Sport) will take place in a different site, at Quai des Etats Unis on the seafront. This will be open throughout the tournament from 10th June to 10th July, from 10am to 7pm.