The Parc des Princes
Lighting: 1,500 lux
By plane: Aéroport d’Orly (10 km); Aéroport de Roissy Charles de Gaulle (18 km)
By train: RER ligne C, station Boulevard Victor
By metro/underground: Ligne 9, Porte de Saint-Cloud; Ligne 10, Porte d’Auteuil
By car: Boulevard périphérique, exit Porte d’Auteuil or Porte de Saint-Cloud
By bus: Lines 52, 22, 62, 72, PC
The legendary Parc des Princes
Older spectators will remember international matches being played at Colombes but in the early 1970s the French national soccer and rugby teams relocated to the Parc des Princes, making it a venue dear to the hearts of Frenchmen, with a good many emotions, laughter and tears, cheers and cries heard in its stands over those years.
As its name suggests, the Parc des Princes had been a woodland park set aside for princes’ recreational activities until the Emperor Napoleon III decided to place the enormous area under the authority of the City of Paris. The first velodrome, with seating for 20,000 people, was built there in 1897. Since 1903, this is where the Tour de France has had its finish line. The facility was first renovated in 1931, providing it with a playing field that could cater to both rugby and soccer teams. The stadium’s capacity was raised to 50,000 seats (its current capacity).
A quarter-century of drama
The French XV set up home there from 1973 with an inaugural 16-13 defeat at the hands of Scotland, and won the Five Nations tournament seven times. The Stade de France® took over as national stadium from the 1998 World Cup soccer finals, but the Parc remains the home ground of Paris Saint-Germain football club who have been there since 1973. But that does not prevent rugby showing up occasionally when Stade Français Paris look for a bigger stage, as in the 2001 European Rugby Cup final against Leicester. The next big rendez-vous is the 2007 RWC when five matches, including the Third Place Play-Off will be staged.
Going to the stadium by public transport takes :
- 1h15 from Roissy CDG airport
- 1h20 from Orly airport
- 45 min from Gare du Nord station
- 35 min from town centre
24 avenue du commandant Guilbaud
75 016 Paris
Phone number: +33 1 47 43 71 71