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Stade de Gerland
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Full name Stade de Gerland
Location 353, Avenue Jean-Jaurès, 69007 VIIè Arrondissement, Lyon, France
Coordinates 45°43′26″N 4°49′56″E / 45.72389°N 4.83222°E / 45.72389; 4.83222Coordinates: 45°43′26″N 4°49′56″E / 45.72389°N 4.83222°E / 45.72389; 4.83222
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
Olympique Lyonnais (Ligue 1 de Orange)

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 French professional football club Olympique Lyonnais. The stadium is listed as a 4-star stadium by UEFA's standards and has hosted matches for the 1972 Rugby League World Cup, UEFA Euro 1984, the 1998 FIFA World Cup, and the 2007 Rugby World Cup.



In 1910, the mayor of Lyon, Edouard Herriot, came up with the idea to develop and build a sports stadia with an athletics track and a velodrome in the city. In 1912, the stadium was officially mandated and local architect Tony Garnier was given the reins to designing and constructing it. Construction began in 1914 with hopes that the stadia would be completed before the International Exhibition of 1914. However, due to World War I, construction was temporarily halted, but resumed following its conclusion in 1919 with the assistance of a large number of German POWs. By 1920, the stadium was completely functional. In 1926, the Stade de Gerland was inaugurated by Herriot.

View of the stadium

The stadia originally had a cycling track, but was removed in order to increased the seating capacity to 50,000. In 1984, minor renovations were made to the stadium by architect Rene Gagis in order to bring the stadium up to standards for UEFA Euro 1984. This included construction of the Jean Bouin and Jean Jaurès stands. Further renovations were needed to prepare the stadium for the 1998 FIFA World Cup, as by that time FIFA had mandated that all stadiums used for international matches, including the World Cup, had to be all-seated. The north and south stands were completely knocked down and rebuilt, the Jean Jaurès and Jean Bouin side stands were untouched and the athletics track that had remained, even after the cycling track had been removed, was taken out. The renovations were done by architect Albert Constantin. The new incarnation of Gerland had a maximum capacity of 41,044 and is the current capacity.[1]

Jean Jaurès entrance.

Since 1950 the stadium has been home to French professional football club Olympique Lyonnais Olympique Lyonnais who play in Ligue 1, France's highest football division. Lyon moved into the stadium as a result of splitting from the Lyon Olympique Universitaire sport club, which played at the Stade des Iris. The record attendance for a Ligue 1 match is 48,552 for a derby match between Olympique Lyonnais and AS Saint-Étienne in 1982. Lyon is planning to move to a new stadium in 2013.

Marc-Vivien Foé

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.

1998 World Cup

During the 1998 World Cup, the stadium hosted five group matches:

Plus the quarterfinal fixture between:


  1. ^ "L'histoire de Gerland". 1 November 2009.  
Preceded by
De Kuip
European Cup Winners Cup
Final Venue

Succeeded by
Spiros Louis Stadium

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