On June 11, the Euro 2016 European Football Championship officially opened in Paris (France), with the opening match between the French national team and Romania.
- Stade de France, Saint-Denis
Opening year: 1998 | Scale: 80,000 seats.
Located in Saint-Denis on the outskirts of Paris, the Stade de France is the largest stadium in France and home to the French national team as they play their most important games.
The Stade de France was built for the 1998 World Cup. At that time there was no stadium in France with the size of more than 45,000 seats and the tournament required a stadium with over 70,000 seats.
- Stade Velodrome, Marseille
Opening year: 1937 | Scale: 67,000 seats
The Stade Velodrome located in the south of Marseille, was built for the 1938 World Cup. Soon after, it became the new home of Olympique de Marseille after the Stade de l’Huveaune became too small for this club.
The original stadium had runways around the courtyard and was shaped like a bowl, and remained largely unchanged over the following decades, although the track was gradually lost by the expansion of the stands.
The Stade Velodrome was upgraded for the first time in preparation for the Euro 1984. The stadium was completely renovated to host the 1998 World Cup, and later formed its iconic circular shape. it. The stadium’s capacity has increased to about 60,000 seats, although the new stadium has also been criticized for its lack of roofing.