Lighting: 1,598 lux
By plane: Aéroport Nantes Atlantique
By train: Nantes Gare (TGV)
By car: Autoroute A11
By tramway: Ligne 1
La Beaujoire waits for its hour to toll
The Nantes ground has belonged to football and the Canaries since its construction in 1984 although it has staged several rugby internationals. Against Canada last November les Bleus rediscovered a pitch they had last played on in 1998, when they beat Argentina 34-14. But the outstanding performance there came in 1986 when they overcame New Zealand 16-3 in an awesome match.
Canaries versus Greens
The most modern of the French stadia to be used for the 2007 RWC after the Stade de France, the ground was built for two reasons - to stage matches during Euro 84 and to meet the demands of an increasingly successful Nantes FC. Nantes quit their ageing Marcel-Saupin ground for a gleaming new 53,000-capacity stadium but was made more comfortable during its renovation for the 1998 World Cup soccer finals, with the capacity reduced to 38,285.
Going to the stadium by public transport takes :
- 1 h from the airport
- 20 min from the railway station
- 20 min from town centre
Route de Saint-Joseph
44 300 Nantes
Phone number: +33 2 40 30 11 22