The Federation Francaise de Rugby announces plans for the Grand Stade - Rugby News Update
The Federation Francaise de Rugby is planning to have their own purpose-built facility the Grand Stade by 2017, that will help them end dependence on Stade de France. It will be a multi-purpose stadium, well-suited to modern day needs.
Stade de France is so far the largest stadium in France in terms of its capacity to host 80,000 visitors at a time, and the home for matches of National French teams.
However, FFR has approved the idea of making a new stadium at Evry, the outskirts of South Paris, which will hold the capacity to entertain 82,000 spectators at a time.
The construction site for the stadium is chosen due to its strategic importance in terms of transportation routes. Also, the stadium is going to be surrounded by ample landscapes.
The president of FFR, Pierre Camou, is pleased to announce the arrangement, and hopes to make the most out of this transaction.
"It conforms to what we want," Camou said."One of the most modern stadiums in the world: pitch, roof, multi-functional, with exceptional comfort levels for spectators," he added further.
Despite the financing issues that are concerning the stakeholders, the management is eager to accomplish their goal of building this ultra-modern stadium.
According to them, the new stadium will serve several needs, including the pressure of engaging the right venue for their events, and the payment of a handsome amount for each of their matches, rounding up to five Million Euros.
It will not just save the money that they spend on every match, but will help the French governing bodies to make some money on top of what they are going the save by having their own stadium.
The stadium will also allow them to conduct about 20 events a year at the venue, including five to six French test matches. Moreover they also plan to stage different concerts along with some other entertainment activities that can help raise the profit
The idea of building something on such a large scale came from Twickenham stadium in London, which is the second and fifth largest stadium in England and Europe respectively. It is currently owned by the English Rugby Football Union.