France To Say “Au Revoir” To Stade De France By 2020


Plans are well advanced for the building of the “Grand Stade” , an 80,000 seater, purpose-built rugby stadium in Esonne, a south-west Paris suburb.

The stadium, unlike Stade de France, which the FFR currently rent from the French government, will be owned by the French Rugby Federation.

The stadium is scheduled to open in 2020, and will cost in the region of £451 million.

The complex will include restaurants, shops ands bars, and building work is due to start in 2017, and the project will be funded by the FFR and through debenture sales to fans.

The French federation have lost a massive amount of revenue in recent years, due to having to rent the Stade De France.

For travelling fans, the nearest airport will be Orly.


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