Lighting: 1,896 lux
By plane: Aéroport de St Etienne-Bouthéon (10 km from the ground) or Aéroport de Lyon-Satolas (45 minutes from the ground)
By Train: Saint Etienne Chateaucreux (2 km from the stadium)
By car: Autoroute: From Clermont-Ferrand take the A72; From Lyon take the A47
By tramway: ligne 4
By bus: ligne 9
«This is the Cauldron »
The sign over the tunnel leading out onto the Geoffroy-Guichard pitch makes the warning clear to opponents of AS Saint-Etienne: a fever-pitch crowd awaits them. The club earned its nickname of les Verts (the Greens) when they inspired the whole of France with their swashbuckling football in the 1970s.
An English stadium
During this golden age the club won five out of 10 league titles and four of six French Cup finals. Geoffroy-Guichard had been transformed into an English-style stadium with its four distinct stands (Pierre-Faurand, Henri-Point, Charles-Paret and Jean-Snella) crowding onto the pitch and giving voice to the clamour of the crowd. In 1968 the city authorities, having bought the land from the Guichard family, carried out extensive rebuilding.
2001: the French XV discover the Cauldron
It was not until November 2001 that France's XV played their first match in the Cauldron. Fiji were able to confirm the ground’s passion as they were swept aside 77-10. Modernised for six matches in the 1998 World Cup soccer finals, the Geoffroy-Guichard is now one of the jewels in French sport while remaining a symbol of a working-man’s town. Capacity has been reduced to 35,600, putting the crowd record of 48,842 for a 1987 league match with Lens out of reach, but the fervor is still very much present.
Going to the stadium by public transport takes :
- 1h30 from Lyon-Saint-Exupéry airport
- 20 min from Châteaucreux station
- 10 min from town centre
14 rue Paul-et-Pierre-Guichard
42028 Saint-Etienne Cedex 1
Tel: +33 (0)4 77 92 31 70