Club: AS Nancy Lorraine | Opening: 1926 | Capacity: 20,087 seats
History and description
Stade Marcel-Picot opened on 8 August 1926, though it took until 1935, when AS Nancy was founded, for the first football to be played at the stadium.
The stadium initially consisted of only one real stand, with the rest of the stadium consisting of earth banks arranged in the form of a series of steps.
A first new stand, the Hazotte Stand, was built in 1973, which resulted in an official capacity of more than 25,000. That official capacity, however, was significantly surpassed in a match against Saint-Etienne in 1976, resulting in a record attendance of 30,384 visitors.
In 1978, the athletics track was removed and replaced with two new stands behind each goal.
Stade Marcel-Picot underwent a large redevelopment between 1999 and 2002. Three stands were completely rebuilt and the Hazotte Stand enlarged and refurbished, resulting in a fully enclosed modern stadium.
Stade Marcel-Picot was initially selected to be one of the playing venues of the Euro 2016 tournament, which would have involved an expansion to a capacity of over 30,000 seats. The project, however, encountered funding difficulties, and the city of Nancy decided to withdraw from the tournament.
(photos of the present Stade Marcel-Picot below)
How to get to Stade Marcel-Picot
Stade Marcel-Picot is located on the banks of the river Meurthe, about 2 kilometres east of Nancy’s city centre and 3 kilometres from the main rail station.
The stadium can be reached from the city centre by walking east over the Avenue du Vingtième Corps. Turn right after the bridge over the main branch of the river Meurthe, and follow the road for a further few hundred metres. The walk will take about half an hour.
Alternatively, the stadium can be reached by taking tram 1 from the railway station or several other points in the city centre. The route follows the same Avenue du Vingtième Corps. Get off at stop Gérard Barrois Stade Marcel-Picot after a 5-minute ride, and walk a further 5 to 10 minutes to the stadium.
From other parts of the city’s east bank, bus 161 gets you to the stadium. Get off at stop Jean Moulin.
Address: 90 Boulevard Jean-Jaurès, 54510 Tomblaine
Tickets for AS Nancy games can be purchased online, at the ticket windows of the stadium, at shopping centre St.-Sébastien on the Rue de Ponts in the city centre, or at any of the Francebillet or Ticketnet sales outlets.
If tickets remain available, these are also available on the gate on the day of the match. Nancy only sell out one or two high-profile matches per season.
Ticket prices may depend on the opponent, but typically range from €10.00 for a seat behind the goal to €26.00 for a central seat at one of the long sides.