Football, rugby…: where did the national teams play before the Stade de France was built?

Where national teams played before the Stade de France was built in 1998.
Where national teams played before the Stade de France was built in 1998. (©DG / news Seine-Saint-Denis)

Built for the 1998 FIFA World Cup, the Stade de France located at St Denis (Seine-Saint-Denis), can accommodate 85,000 supporters and has become the official pitch for the national teams of soccer and of rugby. But where did the French teams play before this historic construction?

Parc des Princes and Yves du Manoir Stadium

Before the Stade de France existed, French teams played at home in the Princes Park which can accommodate up to 50,000 supporters. It is all the same the fifth largest French stadium and it hosted, between 1905 and 1997, 127 official matches of the French football team.

But before the Park, it is doves, in the Yves-du-Manoir stadium, which the French team performed. This Olympic stadium, was the epicenter in 1924 of the Olympic Games. With its capacity of 60,000 seats, it has therefore hosted many matches of the French team since 1908.

From 1972, the French football and rugby union teams definitively abandoned the Yves-du-Manoir de Colombes Olympic stadium and used the Parc des Princes until the inauguration of the Stade de France.

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