The Stade de France is the French national stadium and the home of rugby sport across The Channel. It is a spectacular place to experience a game and a big draw when it comes to Six Nations Travel.
The Stade de France has a capacity of 80,000 and is the sixth largest sports stadium in Europe, just after Twickenham. And when Six Nations matches are held here it really is something special to behold. A rugby tour to Europe simply isn’t complete without seeing a match at the Stade de France. It truly is a sporting icon.
The stadium was built in the Paris suburb Saint-Denis in 1998, hosting its first match there the same year. In fact, it was the England team that took to the freshly laid turf against the home team that evening. Unfortunately the spirit of the venue was enough to inspire France, who went on to win the game by a score of 24-17.
It was to become a banner year for the French, as later that year the national football team also triumphed, this time in the football World Cup. They played at the Stade de France against Brazil in the final, beating the South Americans 3-0 in a convincing victory.
The rugby World Cup of 2007 took place here too, but this time it was South Africa who came out on top. Unfortunately this was another night when England were defeated in Paris, by 15-6.