Parc des Princes
**Uefa Capacity: 45,000 **
Located in south-west Paris on the north side of the Seine and named after the monarchy’s old hunting grounds, Parc Des Princes is home to Paris Saint German (PSG), the world’s best paid sports team.
The ground was originally opened in 1897 as a velodrome-type stadium. It didn’t take its current form, sans running track until 1972, when it was remodelled in an avant-garde style by architects Roger Taillibert and Siavash Teimouri. A year later it became the permanent home of the newly-formed PSG.
It’s current UEFA capacity is 45,000, but the record attendance for a football match remains the 49,575 set at the 1983 UEFA cup quarter-final between PSG and SV Waterschei Thor.
Parc Des Princes is well connected – roughly 4km south-west of the Eiffel Tower, it’s served by the Périphérique ring-road and Porte de Saint-Cloud Metro station (Line 9), a five-minute walk away. Line 9 runs through the city centre, alternatively Porte d’Auteuil on Line 10 is about a 10-minute walk from the ground.
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.
Some are open only for matches that are played in the host city itself, others for their own matches plus those of the French national team, while others will show every game.
Paris’ fanzone will be in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower on the Champ de Mars. We’re still awaiting full details of opening times and capacity, but it will prove to be one of the largest football parties in France throughout the summer.