Stade Pierre Mauroy, Villeneuve-d’Ascq, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France
Stade Pierre Mauroy, earlier referred to as Grand Stade Lille Métropole, was built to provide Lille OSC with a new and modern home.
Lille’s original home was Stade Grimonprez-Jooris, where they played until 2004 when they moved away to Stade Lille-Métropole in the hope of redeveloping Stade Grimonprez-Jooris. Plans led to nothing though, and the club instead focused on building a new stadium at a site close to Stade Lille-Métropole.
Plans for the new Grand Stade Lille Métropole were approved in 2008 and construction began in 2010. Construction came at a cost of approximately €300 million. The stadium officially opened on 17 August 2012 with a league match between Lille and Nancy (1-1).
In the summer of 2013, the stadium was renamed Stade Pierre Mauroy following the death of the former mayor of Lille and prime minister of France.
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