France: Ahead of the planning of the Euro 2016, CNES, the French space agency this week released images of the ten stadiums that will play the host to the UEFA European Football Championship. The images were taken from the Pléiades constellation.
The Pléiades images reveal the main development principles around these sports venues. These principles can be seen on each stadium: integration into a multisport park, proximity to a metro or train station, large parking facilities and access to ring roads or four-lane urban highways.
Parc des Princes, Paris
Stade Bollaert-Delelis, Lens
The spectacular roof of the Stade de France floats like a halo at a height of 46m. With a capacity of 81,338 spectators, it is the largest stadium of the championship. It will host seven European 2016 matches including the opening and the final match.
One part of the stands at the Parc des Princes conceals the Paris ring road. It is one of the oldest stadiums in the capital and the most famous. With a capacity of 47,929 spectators, it will host five European 2016 matches.
Stade Pierre-Mauroy, Lille-Villeneuve d’Ascq
Looking like a translucent vessel, the Pierre Mauroy stadium is covered with a mobile roof and can swiftly be turned into a concert hall. Built in 2012 with a capacity of 50,186 spectators, it will host five European 2016 matches.
Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, Saint-Etienne
An English-style stadium, originally with no corner stands, the Geoffroy-Guichard stadium underwent major transformations to become a European 2016 venue. The addition of corner stands brings the stadium up to UEFA standards, with the capacity to hold 42,000 spectators. Four European 2016 matches will be played here.
Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Lyon-Décines-Charpieu
The Stadium’s roof features three systems: polycarbonate sheeting around the perimeter, a steel and perforated sheet section over the stands, and stretched fabric in the centre. 59,186 spectators can be seated in this stadium built in 2015, where six European 2016 matches will take place.
Matmut Atlantique, Bordeaux
Built in 2015 in a former marsh area, the Matmut Atlantique stadium has a metal structure, which is lighter than concrete. It is supported by 945 piles driven down 22m deep. With a capacity of 42,115 spectators, it will host five Euro 2016 matches.
Stadium Municipal, Toulouse
Built in 1937 for the 1938 World Cup, the Stadium Municipal was brought up to UEFA standards in 2015 with the construction of a balcony. With a capacity of 33,500 spectators, it will host four Euro 2016 matches.
Stade Vélodrome, Marseille
The metal structure roofing and an increase in the number of seats are the main renovations completed on the Vélodrome stadium in 2014. With 67,394 seats, the stadium boasts the second-largest capacity in France and will host six European 2016 matches.
Allianz Riviera, Nice
A timber and metal structure covers the Allianz Riviera stadium built in 2013. It is crowned with a tensile membrane that is white over the terraces and transparent over the back of the stands and the pitch. With 35,624 seats, it will host six European 2016 matches.
Stade de France, Saint-Denis
The spectacular roof of the Stade de France floats like a halo at a height of 46m. With a capacity of 81,338 spectators, it is the largest stadium of the championship. It will host seven European 2016 matches including the opening and the final match
All of these stadiums are equipped with a Presidential and press boxes.
The UEFA European Football Championship this time is happening in France. A month long event will feature some 2.5 million people descending on France for the game.
Source: Airbus Defence & Space