Club: Olympique Lyonnais | Opening: 2016 | Capacity: 59,186 seats
History & Description
Parc Olympique Lyonnais, also referred to as Grand Stade OL or Stade des Lumières, is the recently opened new home of Olympique Lyonnais and as such replaced Stade Gerland.
Lyon had been looking at the possibility of building a new stadium since 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 initial works. Subsequent 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, of which almost €190 mln for improvements in infrastructure. The latter was publicly paid for, while the stadium was privately financed by the club and other investors.
Parc Olympique Lyonnais will be one of the playing venues of Euro 2016, during which it will host four group matches, a round of 16 match, and one of the two semi-finals.
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.
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