The Stade de France
By train: Gare Saint-Lazare, Montparnasse, Gare du Nord, Gare de Lyon and Gare de l’Est
By plane: Aéroport Roissy-Charles-de-Gaulle or Orly
By car: A10 from Paris; A62 from Toulouse; A1 (Exit n°2 Stade de France ) and A86 (Exit n°9 Saint Denis - La Plaine Stade de France )
RER: RER B La Plaine Stade de France; RER D Stade de France - Saint Denis
Metro/underground: Ligne 13 Saint Denis - Porte de Paris
Bus: Lines 139 / 153 / 173 / 255 / 350
In 1995 a huge construction site was started and after 31 months the state of the art 'Stade de France' was finished. The designers came up with a large elliptical diameter measuring 274 metres, and covering a surface area of 17 hectares. A distinguishing feature of this ultra-modern facility is its immense roof, covering six hectares, and which is illuminated for evening matches.
The stadium’s inauguration took place in freezing cold weather on 28 January 1998 as France played Spain at soccer and that time the Stade de France also took over from the Parc des Princes as the home of the French national rugby team. It took France a long time to settle into their new quarters, losing four successive matches in the 1999 and 2000 Six Nations tournaments as well as to Australia and New Zealand. It was not until the Grand Slams of 2002 and 2004 that France lost their uneasiness and could finally call the Stade home.
The stadium's technical solution helps make the Stade de France® a truly multi-purpose arena. A cushion of air allows the lower stands to slide out in 72 hours depending on the different configurations needed. The 2003 world athletic championship demonstrated this flexibility as well as its comfort, security and accessibility (1.5 km from the centre of Paris, or 9 minutes by public transport).
Going to the stadium by public transport takes :
- 50 min from Roissy CDG airport
- 1h15 from Orly airport
- 25 min from Gare du Nord station
- 35 min from town centre
ZAC du Cornillon Nord
Phone number: 33 1 55 93 00 00