Stade Bollaert-Delelis Stadium, Venues, Schedule and Tickets
Stade Bollaert-Delelis Stadium, Venues, Schedule and Tickets – The Stade Bollaert-Delelis is the main football stadium in Lens, France, that was built in 1933. It is the home of RC Lens. The stadium’s capacity is 41,229 – about 4,000 more than the city’s population.
Address: Avenue Alfred Maes, 62300 Lens, France
Team: RC Lens
Phone: +33 3 21 13 65 31
Architect: Pierre Ferret
Stade Bollaert-Delelis, earlier known as Stade Félix-Bollaert, officially opened in 1934 after a two-year construction period.
The oval-shaped stadium initially consisted of one covered grand stand and small terraces on the other sides. It could hold about 12,000 spectators.
Stade Félix-Bollaert remained largely unchanged until the 1970s, when a new main stand got built and the stadium lost its oval shape in favour of a rectangular one. Next, new stands got erected on the other sides.
The stadium got further enlarged in preparation of the 1984 European Championships. New stands and additional second tiers raised capacity from 39,000 to 51,000 places, making it for a short moment the largest stadium in France.
During Euro 1984, Stade Félix-Bollaert hosted two matches in the first group stage.
The stadium set its record attendance in 1992 when 48,912 spectators were witness of a league match between Lens and Marseille.
Soon after, Stade Félix-Bollaert got again selected to be a playing venue at a major tournament, this time the 1998 World Cup. The resulting redevelopment works involved the reconstruction of three of the four stands.
During the World Cup, the stadium hosted five first round group matches and the round of 16 match between France and Paraguay (1-0).
In 2004, the addition of further corporate facilities reduced capacity to just over 40,000. The stadium got renamed Stade Bollaert-Delelis in 2012 in honour of long-time major of the city André Delelis, who had died in the same year.
Stade Bollaert-Delelis will be one of the playing venues of the Euro 2016 tournament, hosting three first round group stage matches and one round of 16 match. Its status as one of the hosts was long unclear due to a lack of funding for the required redevelopment of the stadium, but eventually received the go-ahead.
Works were performed during the 2014-15 season, which forced Lens to play their home matches at Stade de la Licorne in Amiens.