Stade du Hainaut
Club: Valenciennes FC | Opening: 2011 | Capacity: 24,926 seats
History and description
Stade du Hainaut replaced Stade Nungesser, which had been the home of Valenciennes for over 80 years.
Stade du Hainaut officially opened on the 26th of July 2011 with a friendly match between Valenciennes FC and Borussia Dortmund (0-1).
The new stadium came at a cost of €75 million.
Stade du Hainaut is located toward the south-east of Valenciennes, about 1.5 kilometres from the city centre and 500 metres more from the railway station.
From the station and centre one can take Valenciennes’ only tram line to the stadium. Take tram A in the direction of Université and get off at stop Nungesser. From there it is a 10-minute walk to the stadium. Trams run many times an hour. The ride only take 5 minutes.
Bus 103 stops closer to the stadium, but only runs once an hour. Take the bus in the direction of Verchain Mairie. Get off at stop Stade Nungesser. The ride takes about 10 minutes.
If arriving by car from the A2 motorway (which runs south of the city), take exit 21 and follow for Valenciennes centre. After about 750 metres take the ramp on the right toward Nungesser and keep right. Take the first exit at the roundabout and shortly after the third exit at the next one. Follow the Chemin des Bourgeois for almost a kilometre. At the T turn left and then direct right onto the access road to the stadium.
Address: Avenue des Sports, 59300 Valenciennes
If tickets remain, these can be bought on the day of the match at the ticket windows (guichets) of the stadium. Valenciennes sells out rarely.
Ticket prices depend on the opponent, but most matches range from €12.00 for a lower-tier seat behind the goal to €40.00 for a central seat at the main stand. Tickets for high-profile matches are raised in price to between €22.00 and €75.00. Tickets are €2.00 cheaper if bought online.
For more information call +33 (0) 3 27 45 41 93.
Stade du Hainaut offers guided stadium tours that include the dressing rooms, players tunnel, press room and VIP areas. The tours last about 60 minutes.
Tours run about once a month, usually on a Saturday. Check the website of the Stade du Hainaut for upcoming dates.
For reservations or more information call +33 (0) 3 27 51 92 00. The tour costs €6.00.
Relevant Internet links
Va-fc.com – Official website of Valenciennes FC.
Stadeduhainaut.fr – Official website of the Stade du Hainaut.
Tourismevalenciennes.fr – Website of the Valenciennes tourist office.
Transvilles.com – Valenciennes public transport information.