Stade de France
St. Denis
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Full name Stade de France
Owners Consortium Stade de France
Location ZAC du Cornillon Nord
93216 Saint Denis, France
Built 2 May 1995
Opened 28 January 1998
Tenants France national football team
Capacity 81,338
Field dimensions 105 × 70 m

The Stade de France is the national stadium of France, just north of Paris in the commune of Saint-Denis. Its seating capacity of 81,338 makes it the sixth-largest stadium in Europe. The stadium is used by the France national football team and French rugby union team for international competition. Originally built for the 1998 FIFA World Cup, the stadium's name was recommended by Michel Platini, head of the organising committee. On 12 July 1998, France defeated Brazil 3–0 in the 1998 FIFA World Cup Final contested at the stadium.

Stade de France, listed as a Category 4 stadium by UEFA, hosted matches at the 1998 FIFA World Cup, the UEFA Champions League finals in 2000 and 2006, and the 1999 and 2007 Rugby World Cup, making it the only stadium in the world to have hosted both a Football World Cup final and a Rugby World Cup final. The facility also hosted the Race of Champions auto race in 2004, 2005, and 2006. The stadium hosted the 2003 World Championships in Athletics and since 1999 it has hosted the annual Meeting Areva athletics meet. It also hosted some matches at UEFA Euro 2016, including the final.

Domestically, the Stade de France serves as a secondary home facility of Parisian rugby clubs Stade Français and Racing Métro 92, hosting a few of their regular-season fixtures. The stadium also hosts the main French domestic cup finals, which include the Coupe de France (both football and rugby), Coupe de la Ligue, Challenge de France, and the Coupe Gambardella, as well as the Top 14 rugby union championship match.

It was also one of the sites of the November 2015 Paris Terrorist Attacks, in which 3 terrorists detonated Suicide Vests outside the stadium, after being denied entry to the stadium, during the international friendly between France and Germany.

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FIFA World Cup final stadiums

1930: Estadio Centenario · 1934: Stadio Nazionale PNF · 1938: Stade Olympique de Colombes · 1950: Estádio do Maracanã · 1954: Wankdorf Stadium · 1958: Råsunda Stadium · 1962: Estadio Nacional · 1966: Wembley Stadium · 1970: Estadio Azteca · 1974: Olympic Stadium · 1978: Estadio Monumental · 1982: Santiago Bernabéu · 1986: Estadio Azteca · 1990: Stadio Olimpico · 1994: Rose Bowl · '1998: Stade de France · 2002: International Stadium Yokohama · 2006: Olympic Stadium · 2010: Soccer City · 2014: Maracanã Stadium · 2018: Luzhniki Stadium · 2022: Lusail Iconic Stadium ·

1998 FIFA World Cup stadiums

Parc Lescure · Stade Félix-Bollaert · Stade de Gerland · Stade Vélodrome · Stade de la Mosson · Stade de la Beaujoire · Parc des Princes · Stade de France · Stade Geoffroy-Guichard · Stadium Municipal

UEFA Euro 2016 stadiums

Allianz Riviera (Nice) · Parc des Princes (Paris) · Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux (Bordeaux) · Stade de France (Saint-Denis) · Parc Olympique Lyonnais (Lyon) · Stade Bollaert-Delelis (Lens) · Stade Geoffroy-Guichard (Saint-Étienne) · Stade Pierre-Mauroy (Villeneuve-d'Ascq) · Stade Vélodrome (Marseille) · Stadium Municipal (Toulouse)

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