Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux
Uefa Capacity - 43,000
Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux is anything but a bland, identikit new build (though it is officially named after an insurance firm, Matmut Atlantique).
The striking exterior with its array of white framing columns is the brainchild of architects Herzog & de Meuro – the architects behind the equally interesting Allianz Arena in Munich and FC Basel’s St Jakob-Park.
Construction began in 2013 and the ground was inaugurated last May when Bordeaux took on Montpellier on the penultimate day of Ligue 1. The 43,000 capacity stadium is a significant upgrade on Bordeaux's previous home, Stade Chaban-Delmas.
The ground is located 6km north of the city centre. Getting there is fairly straightforward and will take around 30 minutes on tram from the city centre. Take Tram C, which originates from Gare de Bordeaux St Jean, to the end of the line, alighting at Parc Des Expositions. From there, it’s only a few minutes’ walk, heading north from Le Lac.
Each host city has committed to providing a Fan Zone where supporters are able to gather and watch the matches on big screens, for free. The size and scope of these vary from city to city, however, and while they will all be equipped with food and drink stalls and information from tournament sponsors, five-a-side pitches and the usual facilities, don’t assume that what applied in one city will apply in the next.
Bordeaux’s fan zone will be set up on the Esplanade des Quinconces on the banks of the Garonne in the city centre. It will be one of the biggest fan zones at the tournament, and all of the 51 matches will be broadcast on a giant screen of 116 m². It will have a total capacity of 50,000 fans, bigger than the stadium itself.
Concerts and animation projects will also be part of the programme taking place on non-matchdays, so there will always be something happening.