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Stade de France
Le Stade de France


Structure in General

existing [completed]
exposed structure


multi-use sports rugby


  • Stade de France covers a total of 17 hectares and weighs 500,000 tonnes.
  • The 18 "needles" which support the roof are each 1.8 metres (6 feet) in diameter.
  • Around 500,000 m3 of formwork, 180,000 m3 of concrete and 32,000 tonnes of steel were used in the construction.
  • The stadium's two clocks have dimensions of 2.2 metres (7.2 feet) for the minute hand and 1.6 metres (5.2 feet) for the hour hand.
  • This is the biggest stadium in France.
  • The stadium is 35 metres (115 feet) above the square in front of the main entrance and 46 metres (151 feet) above the pitch.
  • It took five months to excavate 800,000 cubic metres of spoil whilst 180,000 cubic metres of concrete were cast in one year.
  • Stade de France was realised from around 40,000 drawings.
  • The sound system comprises 36 blocks of 5 speakers with an output of 250,000 watts whilst illumination is provided by 454 projectors.
  • Around 1,500 people worked on the site whilst approximately one million man-hours were involved with the carcassing; 15 tower cranes were employed on the site along with 2 giant mobile cranes used for the installation of the roof.
  • The 1998 World Cup Final - in which France defeated Brazil 3-0 and won the cup for the first time in its history - was played in this stadium
  • Cost: 1,800,000,000 FF
  • The Stade de France is the biggest mobile, transformable stadium in the world. The lowest grandstand, with a capacity of 25,000 seats can be pulled back 15 metres (rolling on a cushion of air, and steel and Teflon rollers). Thanks to this system, the audience is always as close as possible to the event with the best possible visibility.
  • The elliptical, high technology roof of the stadium has a total surface of more than 6 hectares (one of which is glass) and weighs 13,000 tonnes. Suspended 30 metres above the ground by 18 steel needles, the shimmering disk houses all the lighting and acoustical functions. Its interior edge of glass works as a gigantic filter for natural light. Its white underside can be used as the backdrop for all kinds of special lighting effects.

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114.83 ft
May 1995
Nov 1997

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  • One of the city's famous buildings
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