Stade de Gerland
Stade de Gerland
Full name : Stade de Gerland
Location : 353, Avenue Jean-Jaurès, 69007 VIIè Arrondissement, Lyon,
Coordinates : 45°43′25.6″N 4°49′56.1″E / 45.723778, 4.83225
Built : 1914
Opened : 1926
Expanded : 1960, 1980, 1998
Owner : Lyon (Mairie)
Operator : Olympique Lyonnais
Surface : Grass
Construction cost : 32.7m € (including renovations)
Architect : Tony Garnier, René Gagis (renovation)
Capacity : 41,044
Field dimensions : 112 x 65m
Tenants : Olympique Lyonnais (Ligue 1 de Orange) 1950-present
The Stade de Gerland (or Stade Gerland) is the principal sporting hub of the city
of Lyon. Situated in the Gerland quarter, it is presently used by Olympique
Lyonnais. It hosted numerous 2007 Rugby World Cup matches.
Work began on the stadium, designed by Lyon resident Tony Garnier, in 1913.
The construction soon halted because of World War I. After the war ended,
construction restarted in 1919, with the assistance of a large number of German
POWs. The stadium was fully functional by 1920.
Originally, the stadium had no sheltered seating areas, and hence needed to
undergo vast amounts of rebuilding through its history. The cycling track that
ran around the football pitch had to be sacrificed in 1960 in order to increase
the seating capacity to over 50,000. In 1984, attendances reached 51,680 for
certain European Football Championship matches.
The stadium currently consists of two stands: a north and a south one. It also
has two side stands: The tribune Jean Jaurès and the tribune Jean Bouin.
Since 1950 the stadium has been home to Olympique Lyonnais, which needed
to find a new ground after splitting from the Lyon Olympique sport club which
played at the Stade des Iris.
Since 1967 the stadium has been classed as a historic monument, especially its
entrance archways. In 1972 it hosted the Rugby League World Cup final.
The record attendance for a Ligue 1 match is 48,552 for a derby match between
Olympique Lyonnais and AS Saint-Étienne in 1982.
During the 1998 World Cup, the stadium hosted 5 group matches:
- South Korea v. Mexico
- Japan v. Jamaica
- United States v. Iran
- France v. Denmark
- Romania v. Colombia
plus the quarterfinal fixture between
- Germany v. Croatia
Tragedy struck during the 2003 Confederations Cup semi-final at the stadium
between Cameroon and Colombia, as Cameroon midfielder Marc-Vivien Foé
collapsed on the pitch and died shortly afterwards in hospital.
Lyon is planning to move to a new stadium in 2010.
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