OL Stadium Lyon
OL Stadium, which is also known as Parc Olympique Lyonnais and Groupama Stadium, is a 60,000-seater stadium in the Lyon Metropolis. The home of French football club Olympique Lyonnais, the stadium was opened in January 2016.
Although OL Stadium is only six years old, it has already hosted several major events, including matches at UEFA Euro 2016, the 2018 UEFA Europa League final and the final of the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup.
On top of this, OL Stadium has also been used to host several high profile rugby matches, including the final of both the European Rugby Champions Cup and European Rugby Challenge Cup in 2016.
For the 2023 Rugby World Cup, OL Stadium will host five pool-stage games. Although the stadium will not host any games in the knockout phase, it will be the scene for some of the Rugby World Cup's most anticipated matches, including Wales vs Australia in Pool C. On top of this, home favourites France will face Italy here and New Zealand will play two games at the ground.
Games at OL Stadium
Other Rugby World Cup Stadiums
Saint-Denis (Paris)Stade de France
The 80,000-seater Stade de France is France’s national football and rugby stadium. As well as several pool-stage games, this iconic stadium will host two quarter-finals, both semi-finals, the bronze final and the final.
Stade Vélodrome is one of the oldest stadiums in France. Since it first opened its doors in 1937, the stadium has hosted a number of major sporting events, including two quarter-final matches at the 2007 Rugby World Cup. This time around, it will host four pool-stage games and two quarter-finals.
Stade Pierre-Mauroy is an ultra-modern venue with a retractable roof. For the Rugby World Cup, more than 50,000 spectators can pack into the venue for top matches like France against Uruguay.
When it isn’t hosting rugby matches, the stadium comes with a unique feature: half of the pitch can slide back over the other to transform the ground into an arena for concerts.
BordeauxStade de Bordeaux
Stade de Bordeaux, which is also known as Matmut Atlantique, is ultra-modern. With 42,115 seats available, this Rugby World Cup stadium is the largest sports arena in the south-west of France.
Having already hosted games at Rugby World Cup 2007 and UEFA Euro 2016, Stade Geoffroy-Guichard will once again welcome fans for matches at the 2023 Rugby World Cup. During the tournament, it will host several high-profile games, including Australia vs Fiji.
NiceStade de Nice
Nice was recently at the centre of an international celebration in 2016, when the city hosted major football matches at the UEFA Euros.
In 2023, Stade de Nice will host four pool-stage games at the Rugby World Cup, including England against Japan. Known as being one of the most environmentally-friendly stadiums in Europe, Stade de Nice will welcome more than 35,000 fans for each game.
NantesStade de la Beaujoire
Stade de la Beaujoire is set to host four pool-stage games at the 2023 Rugby World Cup, including the highly-anticipated clash between Japan and Argentina. In 2007, the stadium performed similar duties and hosted several high-scoring games, including a match where France scored 87 points against Namibia.