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The Stade de France turns 20

Twenty years ago, the stands of the Stade de France buzzed with the first chants of football supporters during the 1998 World Cup. As the 2018 World Cup gets underway in Russia, let’s take a look back at the construction of this legendary stadium with a few pictures.

Stade de France

Stade de France

Built by the Bouygues Bâtiment Ile-de-France and Vinci consortium for the 1998 Football World Cup, the stadium has since gone on to host numerous sporting events.

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Stade de France

Stade de France

It is the biggest stadium in France with 80,000 seats and is now a benchmark for Bouygues Construction sports venues.

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Stade de France

Stade de France

What sets it apart? The playing surface is sunk below natural ground level, reducing the external height and imposing nature of the building. That said, its elliptical disk-shaped roof, suspended 42 metres above the pitch, makes it hard to miss!

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Stade de France

Stade de France

The stadium was set up to publicize and develop the Plaine Saint-Denis area, a former brownfield site under renovation: new residential neighborhoods, new tertiary activities. The Stade de France makes it possible to give an attractive face, in particular to the address of the companies.

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Stade de France

Stade de France

The stadium of France has hosted in its walls the biggest world championships, all disciplines combined: World Cup football 1998 and Europe 2016, World Athletics Championships 2003, Rugby World Cup in 1999 and 2007.

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Stade de France

Stade de France

The Rugby World Cup 2023 will be played there.

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Stade de France

Stade de France

During the 2024 Summer Olympic Games and the 2024 Paralympic Games, the Stade de France will host the opening and closing ceremonies as well as the athletics events.

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Stade de France

Stade de France

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Stade de France

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Stade de France

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Stade de France

Stade de France

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Stade de France

Stade de France

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Stade de France

Stade de France

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Stade de France

Stade de France

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Stade de France

Stade de France

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Stade de France

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Stade de France

Stade de France

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