Capacity: 41,400
Lighting: 2,242 lux
By train: TER or TGV (5 min from the stadium)
By plane: Aéroport de Lille-Lesquin (30km) or Roissy-Charles-de-Gaulle (180km)
By car: Autoroute A21
By Bus: 12, 32, 40, 50, 54, 82 & Bulle

Bollaert, a passion writ in blood and gold

The Racing Club Lens’ football stadium is one of the most electrifying in France. The Lens Racing Club supporters are considered the most loyal in France. In 1931 the commercial director of the Lens coal mining company decided to build a stadium to allow company workers to get some exercise. So 180 out-of-work miners set to work on a disused piece of land between the No 1 and No 9 pits to build a stadium that was to take the name of the commercial director, Félix Bollaert, on his death in 1936.

Paraguay 1998, England and South Africa 2007

1998 marked a turning point. In a gleaming new Bollaert, three of the four stands had been rebuilt to reduce the capacity to 41,500, Lens won their first French championship title a few months before France qualified for the soccer World Cup quarter finals with a golden goal from Laurent Blanc against Paraguay in the most breath-taking of the six World Cup matches played at the ground.

Rugby’s history at Lens has yet to be written. Two chapters have been opened: Ireland-Argentina (24-28) in the 1999 Rugby World Cup and France-Romania (56-8) in 2003. But the rest of the story is set to be told in 2007 when Bollaert will prove its fans love sport, never mind the shape of the ball, and that Northern France loves rugby. The many England fans who will cross the Channel to support their team will not feel out of place.

Useful info

Going to the stadium by public transport takes :
- 45 min from the airport
- 10 min walk from railway station
- 15 min from town centre

Address:
Avenue Alfred Maës
62300 Lens
Phone number: +33 3 21 136 544