Stadium Spotlight: Grand Stade, Olympique Lyonnais

Grand Stade

For almost 60 years, Lyon have been playing in the Stade de Gerland, a venerable old stadium built in 1914 and a World Cup finals venue in 1998. But their recent run of success of eight consecutive championships from 2002 to 2008 has Lyon planning a rich new future at the Grand Stade in eastern Lyon.

The stadium has been designed by the architects Populous, with a proposed capacity of 62,000 at a projected cost of a not inconsiderable 350 million euros, 100 million over the original estimate.

It was announced last week that the stadium would open in December 2013, and will be located in the Décines area of Lyon. It’s already on France’s proposed stadium list for their Euro 2016 bid.

As usual, the architects have some bluster about the meaning of the stadium which doesn’t seem to bear a lot of relation to the rather standard bowl design:

It sits within an overall masterplan and architectural concept that acknowledges that the event experience extends outside the time constraints of a match within the stadium. It is an experience that can be broken down into the approach, the arrival, the event itself and departure. The build up of anticipation and excitement along this journey is paramount, with the impact of the stadium design extending far beyond its ticketed perimeter.

The stadium has something of an Allianz arena feel to it, with a facade that changes colour and a somewhat cold and bland look to the interior. Not, in my opinion, the most adventurous design around. Your thoughts?

Exterior of the Grand Stade

Exterior of the Grand Stade

The exterior lit red

The exterior lit red

Rendering of the interior

Rendering of the interior

Aerial view of the Grand Stade

Aerial view of the Grand Stade

Inside the Grand Stade

Inside the Grand Stade

Entrance to the Grand Stade

Entrance to the Grand Stade

http://www.eurosport.fr/football/lyon-le-stade-en-2013_sto2099555/flashnews.shtml

6 thoughts on “Stadium Spotlight: Grand Stade, Olympique Lyonnais

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  2. pete20

    hmmm, i like it. what you call cold and bland i call clean and slick. my question is, what’s going to happen to the old stadium? if it was renovated in ’98, i would assume it’s in rather good condition…

  3. M

    Tom, you’re scaring me! Is the last rendering official??? It surely doesn’t fit both to the concept of the stadium previously released and the quality of other renderings.

  4. Morgan

    The current stadium (Stade de Gerland) would be used by the local rugby team, the LOU Rugby.
    Actually, things are getting more and more complicated for the Grand Stade (which is named “OL Land” before a brand naming). It was first supposed to be built in 2011. Today they say it’s gonna be finished in 2014, but like I said things are getting more and more complicated. The main problem is transport. In this project, the 60,000 people would get to the stadium with one only tramway line and by cars. So currently in Lyon, we got to think that Grand Stade will never be built…