Stade Pierre-Mauroy Lille
Stade Pierre-Mauroy is the home of French football team LOSC Lille. Originally known as the Grand Stade Lille Métropole, the stadium was renamed in 2013, following the death of the former Mayor of Lille and former Prime Minister of France Pierre Mauroy.
With a capacity of just over 50,000 people, Stade Pierre-Mauroy is one of the largest stadiums in France. Built in 2012, it also has a unique feature: half of the field is situated on hydraulics and can be moved so that it sits above the other half. This creates a second lower level floor plan and surrounding seats called Boîte à Spectacles, where basketball, tennis or music shows can take place. On top of this, the stadium also features a retractable roof and has solar panels and two windmills, which provide an electricity supply.
Although the stadium was only completed in 2016, it has hosted several international tournaments, including EuroBasket 2015 and several games at UEFA Euro 2016.
During the Rugby World Cup, Stade Pierre-Mauroy will host five pool-stage matches, including France vs Uruguay and England vs Samoa.
Games at Stade Pierre-Mauroy
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.
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.