Capacity: 34,440 seats
Lighting: 1,609 lux
Tramway: A - Stade Chaban-Delmas stop
Bus: 9 & 11
Parking: No stadium parking
Chaban-Delmas, the fortress on the Gironde
Boasting a rich history in football, the old Parc Lescure has nevertheless experienced some great moments in the oval game. Since the French championship was won by Bègles-Bordeaux under a certain Bernard Laporte in 1991, Bordeaux rugby has run out of steam and no longer has a club in the elite. But the footballers of Girondins de Bordeaux are near the top and regularly bring in packed stands.
Parc Lescure a French Monument
Soccer was king back in 1938 when the Parc Lescure was classed a French Monument. France were hosts of the football World Cup finals and architect Jacques d’Welles designed a ground-breaking stadium. In 1986, several months after a legendary European Cup semi-final between the Girondins and Michel Platini’s Juventus, the capacity was raised to 50,000 before being reconfigured to 35,000 during its latest facelift for the 1998 World Cup finals.
So where does rugby figure in all of this? Six French championship finals were contested here, the last in 1971, won by a Beziers side which went on to dominate French club rugby for a decade. In 1957 France played their first international there, dominating Romania 39-0. In November 1996 South Africa triumphed 22-12 in what was the last Test match played in the stadium. An even more wounding defeat was Stade Toulousain’s 31-25 loss to Munster in the 2000 European Rugby Cup semi-finals. Ireland will play two matches at Stade Chaban-Delmas in 2007 but it won't be the first World Cup experience there. In 1999 'Les Bleus' beat Namibia in a pool match on their way to an astonishing semi-final win over the All Blacks at Twickenham in the semi-finals.
Going to the stadium by public transport takes:
- 1 h from the airport
- 30 min from Saint-Jean station
- 20 min from town centre
Transport information : +33 (0)5 57 57 88 88
33 000 Bordeaux