Parc Olympique Lyonnais

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Parc Olympique Lyonnais
Logo Groupama Stadium.png
Parc OL.jpg
Location10, Avenue Simone Veil
69150 Décines-Charpieu, Rhône, France
Coordinates 45°45′55″N4°58′55″E / 45.76528°N 4.98194°E / 45.76528; 4.98194 Coordinates: 45°45′55″N4°58′55″E / 45.76528°N 4.98194°E / 45.76528; 4.98194
Public transit Lyon tcl logo-tram-full.svg Lyon tcl tram-3.svg Gare Part-Dieu - Vivier Merle – Vaulx-en-Velin - La Soie
Owner OL Groupe
OperatorOL Groupe
Executive suites105
Capacity 59,186 [1]
Record attendance58,607 (rugby: France XV vs New Zealand XV 23–28, November 14, 2017)
Field size105 × 68 metres (344 ft × 223 ft)
SurfaceAirFibr hybrid grass [2]
Broke ground22 October 2012
Opened9 January 2016
Construction cost€415 million
Architect Populous [3]
Structural engineer Vinci SA
Services engineerVinci SA
General contractorVinci SA
Olympique Lyonnais (2016–present)
France national football team (selected matches)
Official website

Parc Olympique Lyonnais, known for sponsorship reasons as Groupama Stadium and in some competitions as Stade de Lyon [4] or Grand Stade de Lyon, [5] is a 59,186-seat stadium in Décines-Charpieu, in the Lyon Metropolis. The home of French football club Olympique Lyonnais, it replaced their previous stadium, Stade de Gerland, in January 2016.

Stadium place or venue for (mostly) outdoor sports, concerts, or other events

A stadium is a place or venue for (mostly) outdoor sports, concerts, or other events and consists of a field or stage either partly or completely surrounded by a tiered structure designed to allow spectators to stand or sit and view the event.

Décines-Charpieu Commune in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France

Décines-Charpieu is a commune in the Metropolis of Lyon in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region in eastern France. The name of the city is often shortened and simply called Décines.

Lyon Metropolis Metropolitan regions in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France

Metropolitan Lyon, also known as Grand Lyon, is a French territorial collectivity located in the east-central region of Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes. Encompassing the city of Lyon and most of its suburbs, it has jurisdiction as both a department and a métropole, taking the territory out of the purview of the department of Rhône.


The stadium was a host of UEFA Euro 2016, and was also chosen to stage the 2017 Coupe de la Ligue Final and the 2018 UEFA Europa League Final, in addition to the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup and football at the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris. Outside football, the ground has also held rugby union and ice hockey matches, as well as musical concerts.

UEFA Euro 2016 2016 edition of the UEFA Euro

The 2016 UEFA European Championship, commonly referred to as UEFA Euro 2016 or simply Euro 2016, was the 15th UEFA European Championship, the quadrennial international men's football championship of Europe organised by UEFA. It was held in France from 10 June to 10 July 2016. Spain were the two-time defending champions, having won the 2008 and 2012 tournaments, but were eliminated in the round of 16 by Italy. Portugal won the tournament for the first time, following a 1–0 victory after extra time over the host team, France, in the final played at the Stade de France.

2017 Coupe de la Ligue Final

The 2017 Coupe de la Ligue Final was the 23rd final of France's football league cup competition, the Coupe de la Ligue, a competition for the 42 teams that the Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP) manages. The final took place on 1 April 2017 at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais in Décines-Charpieu and was contested by Monaco and reigning champions Paris Saint-Germain.

2018 UEFA Europa League Final

The 2018 UEFA Europa League Final was the final match of the 2017–18 UEFA Europa League, the 47th season of Europe's secondary club football tournament organised by UEFA, and the 9th season since it was renamed from the UEFA Cup to the UEFA Europa League. It was played at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais in Décines-Charpieu, Lyon, France on 16 May 2018, between French side Marseille and Spanish side Atlético Madrid.


On 1 September 2008, Olympique Lyonnais president Jean-Michel Aulas announced plans to create a new 60,000-seat stadium, tentatively called OL Land, to be built on 50 hectares of land located in Décines-Charpieu, a suburb of Lyon. The stadium would also include state-of-the-art sporting facilities, two hotels, a leisure center, and commercial and business offices.

Jean-Michel Aulas French businessman

Jean-Michel Aulas is a French businessman. He is the founder and CEO of Cegid and serves as the owner and chairman of French football club Olympique Lyonnais which he has owned since 1987. He was the last president of the prestigious G-14 until it disbanded in January 2008 and also currently serves on the board of European Club Association for his club. In 2012 his net worth was €348 million.

On 13 October 2008, the project was agreed upon by the French government, the General Council of Rhône, the Grand Lyon, SYTRAL, and the commune of Décines for construction with approximately 180 million of public money being used and between €60–80 million coming from the Urban Community of Lyon. [6] The project was hindered by slow administrative procedures, political interests, and various opposition groups who viewed the stadium as financially, ecologically, and socially wrong for the taxpayers and community of Décines. [7] After landscaping in 2012, stadium construction started in summer 2013.

Urban Community of Lyon Place in Rhône-Alpes, France

The Urban Community of Lyon, also known as Grand Lyon or by its former acronym COURLY, is the former intercommunal structure gathering the city of Lyon (France) and some of its suburbs.


Olympique Lyonnais played their first game in the new stadium on 9 January 2016, winning 4–1 against Troyes in Ligue 1; Alexandre Lacazette scored the first goal at the ground. [8]

Olympique Lyonnais French association football club based in Lyon

Olympique Lyonnais, commonly referred to as simply Lyon or OL, is a French football club based in Lyon. It plays in France's highest football division, Ligue 1. The club was formed as Lyon Olympique Universitaire in 1899, according to many supporters and sport historians, but was nationally established as a club in 1950. The club's most successful period has been the 21st century. The club won its first Ligue 1 championship in 2002, starting a national record-setting streak of seven successive titles. Lyon has also won a record seven Trophée des Champions, five Coupe de France titles and three Ligue 2 titles.

Troyes AC association football club

Espérance Sportive Troyes Aube Champagne is a French association football club, based in Troyes, who play in Ligue 2. It was founded in 1986, as the third professional club from the city, after ASTS and TAF. They won the Intertoto Cup in 2001, beating Newcastle United on the away goals rule after the score was 4–4 on aggregate.

Ligue 1 French professional league for association football clubs

Ligue 1, also called Ligue 1 Conforama for sponsorship reasons with Conforama, is a French professional league for men's association football clubs. At the top of the French football league system, it is the country's primary football competition. Administrated by the Ligue de Football Professionnel, Ligue 1 is contested by 20 clubs and operates on a system of promotion and relegation with Ligue 2.

In November 2009, the French Football Federation chose Parc Olympique Lyonnais one of the twelve stadiums to be used in the country's bidding for UEFA Euro 2016. [9] It hosted six games at the tournament, including the hosts' 2–1 win over the Republic of Ireland in the last 16, and eventual champions Portugal's 2–0 win over Wales in the semi-finals. [4] [10] [11]

French Football Federation governing body of association football in France

The French Football Federation (FFF) is the governing body of football in France. It also includes the overseas departments and the overseas collectivities and also in Monaco. It was formed in 1919 and is based in the capital, Paris. The FFF was a founding member of FIFA and is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the game of football in France, both professional and amateur. The French Football Federation is a founding member of UEFA and joined FIFA in 1907 after replacing the USFSA, who were founding members.

Republic of Ireland national football team Mens national association football team

The Republic of Ireland national football team represents Ireland in association football. It is governed by the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) and stages its home fixtures at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin.

Portugal national football team mens national association football team representing Portugal

The Portugal national football team represents Portugal in international men's association football competition since 1921. It is controlled by the Portuguese Football Federation, the governing body for football in Portugal.

In September 2016, the new stadium was chosen as the host of the 2017 Coupe de la Ligue Final, the first time that the final had been hosted outside the Paris area. [12] Paris Saint-Germain won 4–1 against Monaco. [13] Some PSG fans vandalised the stadium during the game, leading to fines and a travel ban. [14] On 9 December 2016, UEFA announced that Parc OL had been chosen to host the 2018 UEFA Europa League Final on 16 May 2018. [15]

Parc OL is one of nine stadia hosting matches at the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup. It has been scheduled to host the semi-finals and the final. [16] It will be a venue for football at the 2024 Summer Olympics. [17]

UEFA Euro 2016

DateTime (CET)Team #1ResultTeam #2RoundAttendance
13 June 201621:00Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium 0–2Flag of Italy.svg  Italy Group E 55,408
16 June 201618:00Flag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine 0–2Ulster Banner.svg  Northern Ireland Group C 51,043
19 June 201621:00Flag of Romania.svg  Romania 0–1Flag of Albania.svg  Albania Group A 49,752
22 June 201618:00Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary 3–3Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal Group F 55,514
26 June 201615:00Flag of France.svg  France 2–1Flag of Ireland.svg  Republic of Ireland Round of 16 56,279
6 July 201621:00Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal 2–0Flag of Wales (1959–present).svg  Wales Semi-final 55,679

2018 UEFA Europa League

DateTime (CEST)Team No. 1Res.Team No. 2RoundAttendance
16 May 201820:45 Flag of France.svg Marseille 0–3 Flag of Spain.svg Atlético Madrid Final 55,768

2019 FIFA Women's World Cup

DateTimeTeam No. 1Res.Team No. 2RoundAttendance
2 July 2019Semi-final
3 July 2019Semi-final
7 July 2019Final

France national football team

9 June 2018 France  Flag of France.svg1–1Flag of the United States.svg  United States Friendly

Other uses

The venue hosted an outdoor Ligue Magnus ice hockey game between Lyon and Grenoble on 30 December 2016. [18] In that game, Grenoble defeated Lyon 5–2; the attendance at that game was 25,142, which turned out to be the all-time record attendance for an ice hockey game in France.

Parc Olympique Lyonnais hosted the finals of rugby union's European Rugby Champions Cup and European Rugby Challenge Cup in 2016. [5] It was one of nine venues chosen for France's hosting of the 2023 Rugby World Cup. [19]

The stadium has hosted several musical performances, the first being by American singer after the inaugural match on 9 January 2016. [20] Other acts who have played there include Christophe Maé, Rihanna, Coldplay and Céline Dion. [21] [22] [23]

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