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France rugby set to leave Stade de France

Updated: Friday, 26 Nov 2010 07:34

Mathieu Bastareaud of France
Mathieu Bastareaud of France

The France rugby team has decided not to renew its contract with Stade de France and will leave the stadium and build its own ground.

The current FFR deal with Stade de France expires in 2013 and will not be renewed. The president of the association, Pierre Camou, has commented that the sport needs to have its own home.

The federation hopes to be playing in their new purpose-built stadium by 2017. It is unclear where the new stadium will be located, however, sites at Massy, Senart, Bondoufle and Marne-la-Vallee on the outskirts of Paris are all in the running.

Where France will play home matches between 2014 and 2016 has not been clarified.

The new stadium is to be an 80,000-capacity ground with a retractable roof; it is estimated the new ground will cost in the region of €600 million.

The 80,000-capacity ground will have a retractable roof and will cost an estimated €600 million.

Stade de France hosted the soccer World Cup final in 1998 and the Rugby World Cup final in 2007. Since 1998 it has been the main home to France’s soccer and rugby teams.

In addition to these events, the stadium has hosted the World Athletics Championships, soccer’s Champions League final and rugby union's Heineken Cup final.

Camou said: ‘I think rugby and the rugby federation are a company and a company, if it wants to grow, needs to be independent - we want to build a stadium.’

Former French League president Serge Blanco has commented that the FFR have to pay half of their international match takings to the owners of Stade de France. Blanco will head the building of the new stadium.