The Parc des Princes is an all-seater football stadium in Paris, France. The venue is located in the south-west of the French capital. The stadium, with a seating capacity of 47,929 spectators, has been the home pitch of Ligue 1 club Paris Saint-Germain since 1974.
Before the opening of the Stade de France in 1998, it was also the home arena of the French national football and rugby union teams. The Parc des Princes pitch is surrounded by four covered all-seater stands, officially known as the Présidentielle Francis Borelli, Auteuil, Paris and Boulogne Stands.
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Parc de Princes is built on top of the Parisian ring road Périphérique. It lies approximately 4 kilometres south-west of the Eiffel Tower, and less than 1 kilometre south of the Bois de Boulogne and the Roland Garros tennis complex. Parc Des Princes is comprised of four sections: Nord, Est, Sud and Ouest.
Tribune Auteuil (North): Named after the nearby Porte d’Auteuil station. Goal end stand which adheres to the two-tier bowl pattern as per the rest of the stadium.
Tribune Paris (East): Consisting of two tiers of seating and is the largest section and like the rest of the stadium the lower tier is marked by red and upper tier by blue seating.
Parc des Princes was the first stadium in Europe to feature lighting built into the roof and the cantilever design offers unobstructed views throughout the ground.
Tribune Boulogne (South): Known as the Kop of Boulogne Stand, this used to be home to some of the most notorious PSG fans (The Kobites) who followed the hooligan tradition of countries such as England in the 1080s, however today it is a lot more less violent. Fans that now inhabit the kop are often responsible for a lot of the noise inside the stadium.
Presidential Tribune (West): Regarded as the main stand, this may be the least familiar section as its where the television gantry is located and thus it’s not always in view of the cameras. Officially named after Francis Borelli who served as the Chairman of the club between 1978 to 1991, it houses the players tunnel, dug outs and some of the most expensive seats in the house.
Away fans are housed within the north-west corner of the stadium between Tribune Auteuil and She Presidential Stand. Accessible via the northerly rue Claude Ferrère.
Paris boasts three airports to its name with no real winner in terms of being the “best”: Charles de Gaulle International is the largest and most well-known with services by major international flight carriers whereas Orly International Airport and Beauvais tend to be favoured amongst the budget airline providers.
Driving in Paris certainly isn’t one of the most pleasant experiences in the world but if you must drive your car to the Parc des Princes it could be a lot worse as the stadium isn’t that central within the city and is located near to the city’s ring road (Périphérique). Parc des Princes lacks an official car park which isn’t ideal which means you’ll need to drop your car off at one of the independently run garages within the local area.
Both nearby metro stations have car-parks nearby, with Zenpark Porte de Saint-Cloud, Parking Bellefeuille and Parking Q-Park Boulogne-Billancourt Parchamp representing three such nearby parking lots.
Metro stop Porte de Saint-Cloud on line 9 lies a 5-minute walk away from the stadium. Line 9 passes right through the Parisian city centre (on the north bank of the river Seine) and connects with multiple other lines. Alternatively, one can take line 10 and get off at stop Porte d’Auteuil, which is a slightly longer walk. Line 10 connects the stadium with various stops on Paris’ south bank, if that is where you are coming from.
Porte de Saint-Cloud station is also served by buses 22, 62 and 72, whereas Porte d’Auteuil is served by buses 32 and 52. All buses run through the city centre on different routes. Use Uber from the city centre.
Parc des Princes is in a typical dense Parisian neighbourhood. This means that if you walk a few blocks around the area, you will always bump into a bar or brasserie on a street corner. As one of the world’s most famous capital cities you can expect to find a diverse range of bars, cafes and pubs throughout every district of Paris.
The area of Boulogne-Billancourt where Parc-Des Princes was formerly an industrial area but is now on average one of the wealthiest communes in the city. This means the area is somewhat gentrified with plenty of pleasant places to drink nearby.
Two of the most popular bars amongst home supporters are Les Deux Staes and Aux Trois Obus which are located north and south of the ground respectively towards the eastern side on Boulevard Périphérique. Close to the northern train station there are a good number of Irish Pubs and Sports bar to check out as well before you hop onto the metro.
Although situated a few km from the city centre, there are numerous restaurants around the local neighbourhood with Elysées Hong-Kong and Chez Michel being two highly rated options. Paris has a strong Café culture, and these are very popular places to grab a drink and a small snack between meals and you will find many around Parc des Princes.
Away from the stadium, the historic city centre has an excellent culinary reputation with a vast choice of fine dining options, although be sure to practice your French! There are quite a few hotels in the area of Parc des Princes and staying close to the stadium might not be a bad idea as you’ve got two metro lines close that can bring you to the centre.
I have been to Parc des Princes once. Below was the result:
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