Parc Olympique Lyonnais
Club: Olympique Lyonnais | Opening: 2016 | Capacity: 59,186 seats
History & Description
Parc Olympique Lyonnais, also referred to as Grand Stade OL or Stade des Lumieres, is the recently opened new home of Olympique Lyonnais and as such replaced Stade de Gerland.
Lyon had been looking at building a new stadium from as early as 2007, but saw earlier proposals delayed due to local opposition and a lack of funding because of the financial crisis. The project received the final push when France got awarded the Euro 2016 tournament and Lyon got selected as a host city.
Lyon received the final building permit in February 2012, and later that year started building works. Delays however postponed the expected completion date from the summer of 2014 to January 2016. Parc Olympique Lyonnais officially opened on 9 January 2016 with a league match between Lyon and Troyes (4-1).
Parc Olympique Lyonnais has a capacity of 59,186 seats, of which about 6,000 business seats and 105 lodges. It came at a cost of roughly €600 million, including almost €190 million for improvements in infrastructure. The latter was publicly paid for, while the stadium was privately financed by the club and other investors.
During Euro 2016, the stadium hosted four group matches, the round of 16 match between France and Rep. of Ireland (2-1), and the semi-final between Portugal and Wales (2-0).
Parc Olympique Lyonnais has been selected to host the 2018 Europa League final.
How to get to Parc Olympique Lyonnais
Parc Olympique Lyonnais is located in the Lyon suburb Décines, in the east of the city and just over 10 kilometres from Lyon’s city centre.
The stadium, located right next to the N346 / E15 motorway, is easily reached by car. Get on the N346 from the A42 in the north or the A43 in the south and take exit 6.
If using public transport, the stadium can be reached by tram. The stadium is only a 10-minute walk from station Decines Grand Large of tram line 3, which runs just north of the stadium, but a new branch will bring you right in front of the stadium. Line 3 departs from Gare Part-Dieu on the eastern edge of Lyon’s city centre.
Eat, drink, and sleep near Parc Olympique Lyonnais
Parc Olympique Lyonnais is located on the edge of the city in a quiet suburb, surrounded by residential housing and farmlands. There is little around in terms of eating and drinking apart from the odd fast-food restaurant, which therefore best done in Lyon’s pleasant city centre.
Most will also decide to find a hotel in the centre of Lyon, though if you want to stay close to the stadium, then there are a few roadside hotels around. These will likely most appeal to those arriving by car.
Of course, most will decide to stay in Lyon’s city centre, which boasts plenty of options in all price ranges.
Olympique Lyonnais Tickets
Tickets for Lyon matches can be bought online through the official website through official ticket partner viagogo, in person at the club store at the stadium, or at the OL store at the 104 Rue du President Edouard Herriot in Lyon’s city centre.
Ticket prices depend on the opponent, but expect to pay between €30.00 and €65.00 for an upper tier seat and between €60.00 and €275.00 for a lower tier seat.
Parc Olympique Lyonnais stadium tours
Olympique Lyonnais offer guided stadium tours around Parc Olympique Lyonnais that include the players’ tunnel, dugouts, press room, and hospitality areas. The tours lasts 75 minutes. The club offer a shorter ‘mini’ 45-minute alternative as well with less access.
Tours run 5-10 days a month multiple times a day. Check online for the current schedule and bookings. The regular tour costs €19.00 while the mini tour costs €9.00.