Stade de France Stadium, Venues, Schedule and Tickets
Stade de France Stadium, Venues, Schedule and Tickets – The Stade de France is the national stadium of France, situated just north of Paris in the commune of Saint-Denis. Its seating capacity of 81,338 makes it the fifth-largest stadium in Europe.
Address: 93216 Saint-Denis, France
Teams: Stade Français, France national football B team, More
Stade de France is the largest stadium in France and the stadium where the French national team plays its most important home matches.
Stade de France got built to serve as the centrepiece of the 1998 World Cup. At that time no stadium in France had a capacity of over 45,000 and the tournament needed a 70,000+ stadium.
Construction of the stadium began in 1995 and after 31 months, on the 28th of January 1998, it officially opened with a friendly match between the national teams of France and Spain. Zinedine Zidane scored the first and only goal of the match.
During the 1998 World Cup the Stade de France hosted nine matches, among which the opening match between Brazil and Scotland (2-1), the semi-final between France and Croatia (2-1), and the final between France and Brazil (3-0).
The stadium has also hosted two Champions League finals, the first in 2000 between Real Madrid and Valencia (3-0), and the second in 2006 between Barcelona and Arsenal (2-1).
Stade de France will again host the final of a major tournament when in 2016 the European Championships are played in France. It will furthermore host four first round group matches, one round of 16 match, and one quarter final.
In 2015, Stade de France was the site of a terrorist attack when three suicide bombers blew themselves up outside of the stadium during a France vs Germany friendly international. One suicide bomber had tried to enter the stadium, but his suicide vest was discovered during security checks. He then blew himself up, killing one bystander. The other two suicide bombers did not kill any innocents.