Located north of Paris in the suburb of Saint-Denis, Stade de France has been France’s national stadium since its inauguration in January 1998. As the largest sports and entertainment venue in the country, the stadium’s capacity exceeds 80,000—it’s hosted Rugby and FIFA World Cup games, and the concerts of A-list artists.
Built in time for the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France, the Stade de France is where the country’s most important sports games are played. The largest modular stadium in the world, it’s home to both the national soccer and rugby teams, and serves as the part-time home of Paris’ rugby team, Stade Français.
Stade de France is included in the Paris Pass scheme, while a range of behind-the-scenes tours offer special stadium access to dedicated fans. The stadium can even be glimpsed on a helicopter tour over the city.
Things to Know Before You Go
How to Get There
Stade de France can be reached by Métro (take line 13 to Saint-Denis Porte de Paris), by RER (take line B to La Plaine Stade de France or line D to Stade de France Saint-Denis), or Île-de-France tramway (take line 1 to Gare de Saint-Denis or line 8 to St Denis Porte de Paris). The stadium can also be reached by car but on-site parking must be booked in advance.
When to Get There
Stade de France hosts major events throughout the year, as well as stadium tours on a daily basis. Opening hours vary depending on when you plan to visit; arriving well in advance of the event start time is always recommended.
How to Get Tickets to Stade de France Events
One of the easiest ways to purchase tickets to events hosted at the stadium—including popular soccer and rugby games—is via its website, StadeDeFrance.com; you may be asked to make an account when purchasing. Official ticket resales are also hosted via the venue’s website. You can also buy tickets directly from the Stade de France’s smartphone app, which is free to download and also includes useful information about transport and stadium amenities.