Stade Velodrome Stadium, Venues, Schedule and Tickets
Stade Velodrome Stadium, Venues, Schedule and Tickets – The Stade Vélodrome is a multi-purpose stadium in Marseille, France. It is home to the Olympique de Marseille football club of Ligue 1 since it opened in 1937, and was a venue in the 1998 FIFA World Cup and the 2007 Rugby World Cup.
Address: 3 Boulevard Michelet, 13008 Marseille, France
Teams: Olympique de Marseille, RC Toulonnais
Marseille, a port city in southern France, has been a crossroads of immigration and trade since its founding by the Phoenicians in 600 B.C.E. It’s a place of tranquil squares and stepped streets, bustling 19th-century avenues and souklike markets. At its heart is the Vieux Port, where fishmongers sell their daily catch along the boat-lined quayside. La Canebière, the main thoroughfare, runs east from here.
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Local time: Friday 12:40 PM
Population: 850,726 (2010)
Stade Velodrome was built to serve as a playing venue for the 1938 World Cup. Soon after it became the new home of Olympique de Marseille after Stade de l’Huveaune had become too small for the club.
Stade Velodrome officially opened on the 13 June 1937 with a friendly match between Marseille and Italian side Torino. During the 1938 World Cup, the stadium hosted one first round match and the semi-final between Italy and Brazil (2-1).
The stadium initially had a cycling as well as a running track circling the pitch. It was bowl-shaped and both long sides had cover. The stadium remained largely unchanged for the following decades, though the tracks got gradually eaten away by the extension of the stands.
Stade Velodrome received a first refurbishment in preparation of the Euro 1984 Championships, during which it hosted one first round group match and the semi-final match between France and Portugal (3-2).
The stadium was almost completely rebuilt for the 1998 World Cup, and it was then when the stadium got its characteristic round-shaped stands. Capacity got increased to about 60,000 seats, though the new stadium was also criticised for its lack of cover.
During the World Cup, Stade Velodrome hosted four first round group matches, a round of 16 match, a quarter-final, and the semi-final between Brazil and Holland (1-1).
New redevelopment plans were presented following France being awarded the Euro 2016 tournament. Works included the almost complete reconstruction of the two principal stands, minor works on the stands at both ends, and the construction of a roof that would cover the complete stadium, hereby increasing capacity with another 7,000 seats. The redevelopment was completed in the summer of 2014.
During Euro 2016, Stade Velodrome will host four first round group matches, of which one of the French national team, a quarter-final, and one of the two semi-finals.