Rugby ou Foot, ce stade est simplement magique. 80000 personnes et une superbe ambiance.
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!
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