The Stade de France was the venue for the Beyoncé and Jay-Z On the Run Tour (docu-movie coming soon to HBO!) and we were privileged enough to make to the finale.
The stadium is massive (seating for 80,000 for football matches and 75,000 for concerts) but so navigable that it's a non-issue. The acoustics in our seats were excellent, and we were able to see everything. The staff we encountered were polite and helpful, and plenty of facilities were available both inside and outside of the stadium gates--food, restrooms, and shopping.
Naturally, Beyoncé and Jay-z put on a powerhouse performance, which may be the reason our time in the Stade was so positive--but either way, it is a first-class venue!
Just returned from France v England 6 nations match and this is not written as sour grapes!! But an honest account of our experience!
Initially we arrived by metro to the stade de france station but we then had to walk nearly a mile to the ground. On route there were absoloutely no bars or beer tents leading up to the stadium and the atmosphere was no where near like Twickenham, Murryfield or any of the other 6 nation venues pre kick off! When we arrived onto the concourse, having passed through security; and they were only interested if you had cans of beer on you, we approached one of the catering vans. We were gobsmacked that the price was 9€ for a half litre beer. 7€ got the liquid and €2 for the plastic beaker. Talk about con artists, and to cap it all off we then found it was all non alcoholic. Unbelievable!!
Leaving the stadium was another nightmare. The stadium is served by two or three metro terminals and all were jammed solid for at least 1 to 1 1/2 hours after the match. We then managed to find a bar about a mile in the opposite direction in a rather down beat area, and to be fair in an area you wouldn't hang about in for too long. The usual gangs of young lads in black puffa jackets and trainers on street corners!! In the end we got fed up of waiting in queues and we eventually flagged a taxi back to our hotel in Clichy at 20€.
Not the greatest infrastructure and location for a world class stadium! They seriously need to sort out the transport back into Paris and stop ripping off customers inside!
Rugby ou Foot, ce stade est simplement magique. 80000 personnes et une superbe ambiance.
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