STADE DE BORDEAUX
The Stade de Bordeaux is the main stadium of the city of Bordeaux.
Bordeaux is a port city, built on the banks of the Garonne River, in southwestern France. It is known around the world as one of the world’s major wine industry centres. The new millennium was a major turning point for the Bordeaux, targeting massive renovation such as making its streets pedestrian friendly, restoring its neoclassical architecture and implementing a high-tech public transport system throughout the city. In 2007, the historic part of the Bordeaux (representing half of its entire footprint) was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, making it the largest urban site enjoying this prestigious status.
The brand new Stade de Bordeaux was completed in 2015 based on a design by the architectural firm Herzog and de Meuron, who also built the world renowned Beijing National Stadium. The Stade de Bordeaux features a fully covered seating bowl that can accommodate up to 42,000 spectators. Offering unrivalled experience and comfort to athletes, spectators and the media alike, the stadium also enjoys excellent sightlines, with its front rows located just six metres from the football pitch. The venue blends gracefully into its surroundings; the geometrical arrangement of the seating bowl and its columns reflect the pattern created by the trees and paths of the grand landscape of Bordeaux. It is also a leader in sustainability, with 700 m2 of solar panels installed on its roof and the capability to recycle rainwater for irrigation purposes.
The Stade de Bordeaux will host Football competitions for the Olympic Games.
Opened in 2015, the Stade de Bordeaux is the home pitch for the Girondins de Bordeaux football club (part of Ligue 1 - the top division of the French professional football league).
Future large-scale events for the Stade de Bordeaux include matches of the 2016 UEFA European Championship.
Following the Olympic Games, the Stade de Bordeaux will resume its role as the home pitch of the Girondins de Bordeaux Football club, as well as the host of rugby matches and large-scale cultural and corporate events for the entire region.