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Champions League final 2022 stadium: where is Stade de France and what is its capacity?

Stade de France was built for the 1998 World Cup in France and will host this year’s Champions League final between Liverpool and Real Madrid.

Kieran Quaile
A general view shows the opening ceremony prior to the kick off for the Euro 2016 group A football match between France and Romania at Stade de France, in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, on June 10, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE LOPEZ

Stade de France is the largest stadium in France and the stadium where the French national team plays its home matches.

Stade de France was built as the centrepiece of the 1998 World Cup in France. At the time no stadium in France had a capacity of over 45,000 and the FIFA tournament needed a 70,000+ stadium. The current capacity of the ground is 80,000.

It took 31 months to build the stadium, starting in 1995 and finishing on the 28 January 1998. Stade de France officially opened with a friendly match between the national teams of France and Spain. The game ended 1-0 to France, with Zinedine Zidane scoring the winner.

During the 1998 World Cup, Stade de France hosted nine matches, including the opening match between Brazil and Scotland, the semi-final between France and Croatia, and the final between France and Brazil, in which Les Bleus won 3-0, with a brace from Zidane and a late Emmanuel Petit strike.

Where is Stade de France?

Stade de France is located in the Parisian suburb Saint-Denis, approximately 3 kilometres north of the city limits of Paris, 5 kilometres north of Montmartre, and 8 kilometres from the Louvre museum.

Stadium address: Stade de France, 93216 Saint-Denis

How to get to Stade de France

To reach the stadium by public transport you can either take the metro or the RER (metro extension). Both RER lines B and D can be taken from station Châtelet (10-minute ride) and Gare de Nord (5-minute ride). If you take line B, get off at station La Plaine Stade de France. If line D, get off at Stade de France Saint Denis.

Metro line 13 connects the stadium with stations Montparnasse (25 mins), Invalides (20 mins) and Saint-Lazare (15 mins). Get off at stop Saint-Denis Porte de Paris.

Tram line 1 furthermore connects the stadium with Paris’ eastern suburbs.

Champions League final

Stade de France will host this year’s Champions League final between Real Madrid and Liverpool on 28 May.

Kick-off in Paris gets underway at 9:00 pm local time, that’s 3:00 pm ET.


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