Stade Pierre Mauroy
UEFA capacity: 50,000
LOSC’s impressive new home, complete with retractable roof, moveable flooring and a five-star UEFA rating, is double the capacity of their previous two temporary homes, Stade Grimonprez-Jooris and Stadium Lille Métropole.
It is named after the former French Prime Minister Pierre Mauroy, whose 1981-1984 government lowered the retirement age to 60 and increased paid-holiday entitlements from four to five weeks – a popular figure who died in 2013.
Lille’s need for a new stadium has been pressing, with their previous two temporary stadiums not up to UEFA standards for European competition, forcing LOSC into using the Stade Bollaert-Delelis (home of neighbours and Derby Du Nord rivals RC Lens) and the Stade Du France for European fixtures.
The €282m cost for the new stadium is being shared between LOSC, the city of Lille and the Nord Pas Du Calais regional council.
Located 6km south east of the city-centre in Villeneuve d’Ascq, the nearest Metro stations are the Villeneuve d’Ascq Hotel de Ville stop, Cité Scientifique or 4 Cantons Stade Pierre Mauroy (all on Metro Line 1) – around a 15-20 minute walk from the ground. After the game we’d recommend using 4 Cantons, south-east of the ground, as it’s the first stop on the line and trains will be full by the time they reach subsequent stations. Extra trains will be running on matchdays, as well as other transport services such as park-and-ride and shuttle buses.
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 fast food 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.
Lille’s fanzone will be located smack bang in the city centre, in Place François Mitterrand between the city’s two railway stations. It will have a capacity of 25,000 and screen all matches in the tournament across the 23 matchdays, and be open from 10am to midnight.