Stade Geoffroy-Guichard Saint-Étienne
Stade Geoffroy-Guichard is nicknamed ‘le Chaudron' (the Cauldron), or ‘l'enfer vert' (the Green Hell). This is due to colours worn by the local football team, AS Saint-Étienne.
Although primarily a football stadium, Stade Geoffroy-Guichard has also been used to host high profile rugby matches, including clashes at the 2007 Rugby World Cup.
Originally built in 1930, the stadium has undergone several renovations over the years. Over the course of the past century, it has also been used to host some of the world's biggest football matches, including games at UEFA Euro 1984 and 2016, as well as the 1998 FIFA World Cup and the 2003 FIFA Confederations Cup.
During the 2023 Rugby World Cup, Stade Geoffroy-Guichard will be used to host four pool-stage games, including clashes involving Australia, Argentina and Italy.
Games at Stade Geoffroy-Guichard
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.
OL Stadium, which is also known as Parc Olympique Lyonnais, is the third-largest stadium in France. In the past, it has hosted the European Rugby Challenge Cup final and several major football matches. For the 2023 Rugby World Cup, almost 60,000 fans will be able to pack into the ground for each game, including the highly anticipated match between Wales and Australia.
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.
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.