Capacity: 41,100
Lighting: 1,548 lux
By plane: Aéroport Lyon Saint-Exupéry
By train: Gare Lyon Perrache or Lyon Part-Dieu
By car: Autoroutes A6, A7, A42, A43, A47
By metro/underground: Ligne B, station Stade de Gerland
By Bus: 12E, 17, 32 & 96

Gerland, Garden of the Gones

Olympique Lyonnais have reigned over French football for the last four years. OL’s shadow has not prevented rugby followers, though, from filling Gerland to celebrate a few French victories, although the last Test there saw the Springboks triumph 36-32 in 1997. Local clubs have made little impression on France’s rugby elite, although Gerland could become a rugby ground if LOU (Lyon Olympique Universitaire) win promotion to the first division. But one thing is sure: in 2007 Gerland will live rugby.

1998: New curves

It was not before 1950 that OL settled into their new home and the 1960s that soccer fever engulfed the River Rhone with the French Cup final triumphs of a Lyon side led by Fleury Di Nallo (1964, 1967, 1973). There were also derby clashes with arch-rivals Saint-Etienne and France’s first international there against Spain in 1967. Euro '84 saw the cycling track disappear as the stands were brought closer to the pitch and the 1998 World Cup enabled architect Albert Constantin to redesign the corners, covering them with a canopy. Since then the « Gones », as Lyon folk are known, have racked up four French titles (2002 to 2006).

Useful info

Going to the stadium by public transport takes :
- 50 min from Saint-Exupéry airport
- 15 min from Lyon Part-Dieu station
- 25 min from town centre

Address:
Gerland Stadium
30 allée Pierre de Coubertin
69 007 Lyon
Phone number: +33 4 72 76 01 7