Stade Geoffroy-Guichard Stadium, Venues, Schedule and Tickets
Stade Geoffroy-Guichard Stadium, Venues, Schedule and Tickets – Stade Geoffroy-Guichard is a multi-purpose stadium in Saint-Étienne, France. It is used primarily for football matches, and tournaments such as the 1984 European Football Championship, the Football World Cup 1998 and the Confederations Cup 2003.
Address: 14 Rue Paul et Pierre Guichard, 42000 Saint-Étienne, France
Opened: September 13, 1931
Team: AS Saint-Étienne
Phone: +33 4 77 92 31 70
Stade Geoffroy-Guichard was built on a plot of land that was donated to the club by its founder Geoffroy Guichard (who also founded the retail group Casino). The president of the club, his son Pierre, in turn decided to name the stadium after his father.
Stade Geoffroy-Guichard officially opened on 13 September 1931 with a match between AS Stéphanoise (which would later become Saint-Etienne) and Cannes (1-9).
The stadium consisted of a single grand stand of 800 seats, several terraces, and a running track circling the pitch. The adjacent steel works regularly blew their fumes over the pitch.
Stade Geoffroy-Guichard underwent a major change in 1956 when the running tracks were removed and the stands remodelled in a rectangular shape.
In 1968, after the city of Saint-Etienne had become owner of the stadium, further works were performed, which included a brand new stand opposite the main stand and cover for the two kop stands. This resulted in a capacity of almost 40,000.
The stadium got further expanded and renovated for the Euro 1984 Championships, resulting in a capacity of 48,270, almost half of them seats. During the championships it hosted two group matches.
It took until a next major tournament, the 1998 World Cup, for the stadium to receive a further major upgrade. Seats were installed and corporate facilities increased.
During the 1998 World Cup, Stade Geoffroy-Guichard hosted a total of five group matches and the round of 16 match between Argentina and England (2-2).
Stade Geoffroy-Guichard has been selected as a playing venue for the Euro 2016 Championships, and as a result is currently undergoing major redevelopment works.
The project involves the rebuilding or renovation of all stands, which will result in a 41,500 all-seater arena. Works are currently in the final phase with three out of four stands completed and the remaining works scheduled to be completed before the start of the 2014/15 season.