Stade de France
Uefa Capacity: 80,000
Situated a few kilometres north of Paris in Saint Denis, the stadium took three years to build and cost €290m before being opened in January 1998, ahead of the 1998 World Cup. Stade de France is home to France’s football and rugby teams, and is the largest of the all the Euro 2016 venues. The tournament kicks off here on 10th June, and proceedings will come to a close here a month later.
Unlike most modern stadiums, Stade De France has no under soil heating, but does have a retractable stand that reveals an athletics running track.
You can reach Stade de France by the A1 motorway, which connects to Paris city centre and the périphérique ring-road.
Metro Line 13 will take you there from Montparnasse to Saint-Denis Porte de Paris in about 25 minutes. It’s a short walk south from there, across the canal.
Alternatively, you can take the Metro extension RER B and D from Châtelet and Gare de Nord. If you’re on Line B, get off at La Plaine Stade de France, for line D get off at Stade de France Saint Denis, both of which are located around a 10 minute walk south of the stadium
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.
The Saint Denis fanzone will be located at the Parc de la Légion d’Honneur, around a 15 minute walk north of the Stade de France (near to the Saint-Denis Porte de Paris Metro station). Opening times and dates are still to be confirmed.