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LIGUE 1

PSG are looking for a new stadium

The French club have hired an American company to find them a new home; the City Council insists on dialogue to reach a solution.

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The French club have hired an American company to find them a new home; the City Council insists on dialogue to reach a solution.
GERARD JULIENAFP

PSG have hired the services of the American company Legends Hospitality to find a new stadium for the club. The initiative comes in reponse to an escalation of tensions with the City Council over the Parc de Princes. While the French club wanted to acquire the stadium in order to renovate it, Anne Hidalgo, mayor of Paris, wants a lease contract which would allow both parties to benefit rather than a complete sale, which is the club’s wish.

The conflict between PSG and the City Council began during the World Cup. Nasser Al Khelaïfi acknowledged in an interview that the goal of the French club for a long time had been to renovate the stadium. However, the continuous refusals of Anne Hidalgo and her unwillingness to negotiate forced the president to take action on the matter, considering moving completely from the Parc de Princes.

Lionel Messi fights for the ball with Toulouse defender Anthony Rouault at the Parc des Princes stadium on February 4, 2023.
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Lionel Messi fights for the ball with Toulouse defender Anthony Rouault at the Parc des Princes stadium on February 4, 2023.FRANCK FIFEAFP

The club, meanwhile, envisioned several alternatives in the event that an agreement with Hidalgo was unable to be reached. One of them was the Stade de France, but it was immediately rejected due to its high cost. Several racecourses, including Poissy, very close to where PSG’s new sports city will be built, was also contemplated, but right now it is not clear where the future home of the club will be, especially not with the Parc de Princes.

The Legends Hospitality company, as indicated by L’Équipe, specialises in the operation of sports venues. The company led the construction of the new Los Angeles Galaxy stadium, as well as the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and the renovation of Anfield, in addition to being the owner of a part of the development of the Santiago Bernabéu. PSG has entrusted Legends to find an alternative as long as the dialogue process with the City Council continues in its current stalemate.

Pierre Rabadan, a member of the City Council and deputy in charge of the Olympic and Paralympic Games of the city of Paris, assured that he was “not surprised” by PSG’s decision. The member of the Executive also confirmed a new meeting with PSG, of which the date is unknown. “As you know, we are waiting to meet again. We have positioned ourselves to renew the dialogue. The date has not yet been set, but in any case, we will have to talk. It seems to me that it is now necessary to resume dialogue. Therefore, we are waiting for this date to advance,” he said.

Ligue 1 2022/2023

ClassificationPTSWMTMLM
1Paris Saint-Germain541732
2Marseille461444
3Lens461372
Full classification
Upcoming matches
Monaco - Paris Saint-GermainS-11/02 11:00
Paris Saint-Germain - LilleS-19/02 07:00
Marseille - Paris Saint-GermainS-26/02 14:45
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*Data updated to date Feb 8th, 2023