The French Rugby Federation (FFR) have revealed plans to build a new national stadium in Evry-Essonne, 25km south of Paris.

The new 82,000-capacity ground will have a fully retractable roof and a slideable pitch for outdoor events. Construction is scheduled to get underway in 2014 at an estimated cost of €600million.

The design for the new stadium comes from Populous, the same British-based architects who were behind the construction of the new Wembley Stadium and Aviva Stadium, and will work alongside French construction group Ateliers 2/3/4.

FFR president Pierre Camou said: "Today we have reached a milestone that embodies a strong ambition and a project essential for the FFR, allowing it to be independent and in control of its future."

Vice-president Serge Blanco added: "The proposal made by Populous and Ateliers 2/3/4 proved to be the most appropriate to meet the objectives that we set for the medium and long term. It fits perfectly with the idea that we are creating a multi-purpose stadium for excellence."


Posted on 13/02/2013