Ceremonies | Athletics | Rugby
The Stade de France – the Olympic Stadium for the Paris 2024 Games – is the largest stadium in France. Since it opened in 1998, it has been the focal point of all major national and international sporting events held in France. Located in Saint- Denis, just outside Paris, the stadium was designed by a team of architects – Macary, Zublena, Regembal and Costantini – to be used as the main stadium for the 1998 FIFA World Cup. Covering 17 ha, this 320 m long, 280 m wide, 35 m high modular stadium, which boasts 18 electronic entrance gates and can accommodate up to 80,000 spectators, is the largest of its kind in the world. The retractable lower-tier seating can be moved
to reveal the permanent athletics track.
The stadium’s elliptical roof fully covers the stands. The 8,000 m2 sand-and-soil pitch harnesses advanced hybrid grass technology, guaranteeing excellent drainage and water retention capacities. The Stade de France has an annex stadium that can be used for warm-ups and practice sessions. It is connected to the stadium via an underground walkway. As well as hosting major sporting events – like the 1998 FIFA World Cup, the 2003 IAAF World Athletics Championships, the 2007 Rugby World Cup, the 2016 UEFA European Football Championship and the upcoming 2023 Rugby World Cup – the Stade de France is home to the French football and rugby teams and hosts concerts by top name artists from France and around the world, as well as important football and rugby finals every year.