Stade de Lyon is a stadium located in the eastern suburb of Decines-Charpieu in Lyon Metropolis. Stade de Lyon is also known as Stade des Lumieres and for promotional purposes as Groupama Stadium and it is the home of Olympique Lyonnais a football club that plays in France’s highest football division, Ligue 1. Stade de Lyon is also known as Parc Olympique Lyonnais and it replaced Olympique Lyonnais previous stadium Stade de Gerland in 2016. The stadium opened its doors in the year 2016 after four years of construction and it is capable of holding 59186 spectators. Stade de Lyon was the venue of all the semifinal matches in the Women World cup. In the United States vs England football match the United States survived the onslaught from England to win 2-1 and advance to the Women’s world cup finals in Lyon, France. The Netherlands also exhibited an unparalleled performance against Sweden in a 1-0 victory to proceed to its first ever finals facing the mighty U.S.A which is the most successful team in FIFA women’s world cup having won three of the seven trophies. Lyon is the capital of France Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region and it is the third largest city and second largest urban area in France. Lyon is a large world heritage site and it is the home of Roman ruins and other prehistoric attraction sites because of its architectural landmarks making it a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Interestingly, Stade de Lyon will be the venue of the world cup finals.
Stade de Lyon is a state of the art multi-purpose arena evolving to the constantly changing spectator expectations. The Stade de Lyon opened its doors in 2016 and it is based on a design by the architectural firm populous. The multipurpose arena comprises of a state of the art pitch, more than 8000 meters squared of exhibition space, ample athlete preparation and media areas, and hotels.
Stade de Lyon design makes the stadium’s roof lit from within, in reference to the regions Fête des Lumières. The roof of the stadium was made to echo the local forest canopy thus creating a unique sheltered social area around the stadium. The architect also ensured that the north and south stands were specifically designed to facilitate the traditional singing between the home fans thereby creating a cacophony of noise for the home team. The stadium also has a spectacular roof covering the boulevard reading to the stadium thus unifying the experience of spectators approaching the venue. The stadium considers its environmental impact as such has solar panels installed on the roof, natural ventilation systems, and a recycling plant for rainwater used for irrigation purposes. The architects designed the natural grass pitch based on the latest innovative grass technology.
The local team Olympique Lyonnais has participated in UEFA champions leagues and in the 2009-2010 season, it reached the semi-finals for the first time. Some of the renown players that have left a mark in this football club include Alexandre Lacazette who plays premier league club Arsenal and the French national team. With the Women’s World cup finals expected to take place in Stade de Lyon, between USA and Netherlands, you can access the stadium via direct tramway or bus shuttles to the stadium.