Stadium de Toulouse
Uefa capacity: 33,000
Shared between Toulouse FC and Toulousain rugby side this 33,000 all-seater stadium is located on the island of Ramier near Toulouse city centre.
“Mini-Wembley”, so-called for its resemblance to the old oval-shaped Wembley roof, was built in 1937 for the 1938 World Cup – the last World Cup before the outbreak of the second World War – and was renovated in 1949 and 1997. Substantial modernisation took place last summer as part of the pre-tournament preparations – so expect new seating, better toilets, bars, floodlights and more high-tech security cameras.
In September 2001, the ground required extensive repairs – an explosion at a nearby fertiliser plant, in which 29 people were killed, caused it to be temporarily closed.
There are a couple of Metro stops that serve Ramier Island – both are around a 10-15 minute walk away. The closest is Empalot (Metro Line B) on the eastern side of the Garonne river. If you’re coming from the western bank, you’ll find the new Croix de Pierre tramway stop the most handy, leaving you with a short walk across Pont de La Croix de Pierre.
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.
Toulouse’s fanzone is located on Allées Jules Guesede - the avenues that run from the Pont Saint Michel northeast, past the Palais de Justice, around 10 minutes south of the main city centre. With a capacity of 12,000 and being just a 10-15 minute walk from the stadium we expect it to be a popular location.
It is planned to be open from 4 hours before kick-off until an hour after the full-time whistle for all matches played in the city, along with all matches of the French national team. Further opening is yet to be confirmed, so check our website for details closer to the tournament.