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.
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 the standard allocation of tickets appears to be 2,000.
This was the case for Chelsea’s Champions League encounter back in February 2015 however for domestic matches it wouldn’t surprise me if it was much less.
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.
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.
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.
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