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French Rugby Federation announce plans to build new 82,000-seater stadium

Updated: Friday, 29 Jun 2012 18:13 | Comments

The French national team's days at the Stade de France are numbered
The French national team's days at the Stade de France are numbered

French rugby chiefs have unveiled plans for a new purpose-built stadium to replace the Stade de France.

The French Rugby Federation (FFR) today outlined their vision for the 82,000-seater facility due to be built in Evry - 25km south of Paris - and expected to be ready to open in 2017.

The stadium will feature a retractable roof and removable pitch, with the FFR anticipating it will be able to stage at least 20 events a year, including concerts.

The project, which is expected to cost around €600m, will also feature hotels and shops over 133 hectares - currently the site of a disused racecourse.

"It conforms to what we want," said FFR president Pierre Camou.

"One of the most modern stadiums in the world: pitch, roof, multi-functional, with exceptional comfort levels for spectators."

The Evry bid succeeded ahead of that of Thiais-Orly, situated close to Paris' Orly Airport.

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