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Ready to compete | The making of Stade de Lyon

The fresh home of Olympique Lyonnais now complete, this chateau of football is to be officially opened this Saturday. Ready to host the very best, this Euro 2016 venue is an architectural dream.

The Stade de Lyon, a powerhouse that can hold 59,000 spectators, it's a feast on the eyes and no doubts an abundance on the senses. As the finer details are added, the paint is very much dry as this shimmer of sophistication looks to open it's doors from the 9th January as Olympique Lyonnais take on Troyes in Ligue 1.

Geographically, the stadium is a wind swept 10km from central Lyon and built as part of a wider complex that masses a massive 50 hectares and includes a fresh training ground, hotels and offices. Very much here for the legacy, it's a jewel in a historic crown. A diamond for 2016 that will shine for decades.

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The move means the club will move away from their iconic Stade de Gerland home - a place they have taken residence since 1950. A venue that has hosted European Championships as well as World Cup fixtures, Olympique Lyonnais will continue the baton with the up coming tournament of summer 2016. In total the venue will host six games as part of the tournament.

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A project that combines the beauty of architecture with the undercurrent of creative football, you can explore more here.


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