A few markers...
July 2nd, 1992
On that date, the FIFA (International Football Federation) selected France to host the 1998 World Cup.
At that time however, France had no stadium holding over 45,000 seats.
The Government committed to building a stadium with a capacity over 80,000.
December 26th, 1994
The Stade de France Consortium was founded. This concessionary company was put in charge of designing, building, funding, operating and maintaining the Stade de France during the 30-year concession period.
The Consortium is a limited liability company with shares held at 67% by the Vinci Group and at 33% by the Bouygues Group.
April 29th, 1995
The Government and the Consortium sign the concession contract
December 4th, 1995
The name "Stade de France®" was chosen.
January 28th, 1998
Following 31 months of construction works, the Stade de France was inaugurated on the occasion of a friendly football game between France and Spain, on what was a freezing cold day! Nevertheless, excitement in the stands was electric. With one premonitory kick to goal, Zinédine Zidane was the first player to hit the net at the Stade de France. "Les Bleus" won the day by 1-0. And the rest is history...
Success and safety:
From hoped-for success to guaranteed and safe success, thanks to ongoing inventiveness.
From open architecture to transparent commitment.
From an easy-to-access Stadium to a Stadium for everyone.
From design to implementation of best practice in sustainable development.
From individual thrills to the intensity of collective emotion.
An open Stadium, accessible to its surroundings
The Plaine Commune Urban Community brings together the towns of Aubervilliers, Epinay-sur-Seine, L'Ile-Saint-Denis, La Courneuve, Pierrefitte-sur-Seine, Saint-Denis, Stains and Villetaneuse.
The cooperation between Plaine Commune and the Stade de France has been expressed since 2003 through the hosting of major events.
This collaboration was particularly highlighted by the World Championships in Athletics held from August 23rd to 31st, 2003 and the Rugby World Cup in 2007.
The Stade de France is a partner with Plaine Commune in organising sports tournaments every year, such as Plaine de Sport, as well as meetings held around the presentation of major architecture and town-planning projects such as Architecture Thursdays (in French, Jeudis de l'Architecture).
The schedule of the next meetings is available on: www.plainecommune.fr
A.D.A.Q. (Stade de France Neighbourhood Development and Local Events Association), Stade de France Sponsors and Neighbourhood Residents Associations
The Stade de France is proactive in its dialogue with neighbourhood residents and businesses Whether they are private individuals, professionals, or shop or restaurant managers, every person who lives or works in the vicinity of the Stadium plays a preeminent role and their voice deserves to be heard. Our objective is simple: to establish and maintain ongoing dialogue with people in our neighbourhood.
This takes shape through yearly events held at the Stade de France in collaboration with Stade de France Neighbourhood Residents Associations, Stade de France Sponsors, and the Union of Stade de France Neighbourhood Residents Associations.
The Stade de France Picnic: A local event that is crucial to our ongoing business All Stade de France Consortium departments work together year-round to make sure they provide a huge local event during the summer season.On that occasion, a giant Picnic is held inside stadium grounds. Ranging from relaxing leisure activities (gardening, Stadium tours) to sports (golf, football), all those activities aim at helping local residents experience an unforgettable day inside a legendary venue which is, for that day, reserved for their exclusive use.
Sports, shows, leisure, meetings, shopping... all roads lead to the Stade de France!
Whether they are coming to watch a game, a show, a concert, an event, or else to take the tour, to attend a meeting , a convention, to have lunch or just to buy a souvenir...
Every year at Saint Denis we welcome over 2 million French or foreign spectators and visitors, young, old, men, women, families, groups, disabled...
The Stade de France is committed to welcoming all spectators under the best of conditions, including the disabled.
Stade de France locationClose to central Paris. Located 1.5 km from Paris and 7 km from Notre-Dame Cathedral, with fast and easy access, the Stade de France has particularly good public transport connections including one metro line and two RER lines whose stations have direct pedestrian access into the stadium, under perfectly flowing and safe conditions. The Stade de France is 10 minutes from Châtelet-les-Halles and 15 minutes from Roissy Charles de Gaulle airport. RER, Metro, Tramway and Bus are the transport means used by over two-thirds of our customers. On days when events are held, the RATP and SNCF transport networks put on more trains and vehicles and deploy extra staff to ensure you will arrive easily and safely. It's up to you: choose public transport!
If you have no choice, drive "responsibly" and anticipate your parking by reserving your parking spot with your ticket, and above all by choosing car-pooling: to do this, you may use the platform we provide for your convenience.
Easy access to your seatsThe spectators' route towards each of the three stands is easy to identify and clearly differentiated, with handy, partitioned access to avoid confusion.
The "Glacis slope", which extends the esplanade, leads towards the lower stands along a gentle incline. There are 22 gangways leading specatators towards the intermediary stands and 18 grand stairways to the high stands.
The closeness of spectatorsThe terraces' elliptical shape makes the spectators' perspective converge towards the game area. The first terraces are less than 15 metres from the touch line, the boxes are 44 metres away and the furthest row in the high terraces is 85 metres away.
The ellipse, which matches the track, is acknowledged to be the ultimate shape for an olympic stadium.
Did you know?- 9 out of 10 French people have a positive image of the Stade de France, believing it is a safe place, where one experiences great emotional moments, and where it is pleasant to take the family.
- 1 out of 6 French people state that they have been to the Stade de France during the past 2 years.
- 3 out of 4 French people prefer attending a sports event at the Stade de France rather than at another sports venue.
- Over 70% of French people agree that the Stade de France has very good public transport connections.
Source: BVA survey, April 2007 and March 2009
- 2 out of 3 events cost €15 or less, and 1 out of 2 costs €10 or less
Organize your visit
Access & Transport & Eco-mobility
How to get there, maps, car pooling, transport comparison application... it's all here!
The Seine-Saint-Denis Tourist Board provides you with a list of hotels to meet your every need.
Where is your seat?
Do you want to know your seat for the selected event? It's here!
- Stade de France open to all
- Sports, shows, leisure, entertainment, meetings, shopping: all roads lead to the Stade de France!
A stadium that is open to anyone, anytime!