Venue guide

Saint Denis

Stade de France

Capacity: 81,338

Stade de France
Group fixtures
June 10th Group A Fra v Rou
June 13th Group E Irl v Swe
June 16th Group C Ger v Pol
June 22nd Group F Isl v Aut

Finals fixtures

June 26th

Last 16

Winner group-a v 3rd place group C/D/E

July 6th

Semi-final

Winner match 45 v Winner match 46

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How to get there

The Stade De France is located in the Saint Denis area of Paris three kilometres to the north of the city’s limits. It is accessible by the A1 and A86 motorways, as well as the Metro and the RER (metro extension).

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Latitude : 48.918 / Longitude : 2.351

Overview

Built for the 1998 World Cup, the Stade de France is the national stadium and the biggest ground in the country. Of the 10 stadiums being used for the tournament it is the only one which hasn’t been newly built or upgraded. Ireland take on Sweden in one of the seven Euro 2016 fixtures being held at the ground, and could return for the final on July 10th. Supporters would be advised to stay in the city centre and commute to the ground using public transport.

Lyon

Parc Olympique Lyonnaise

Capacity: 59,186

Parc Olympique Lyonnaise
Fixtures
June 13th Group E Bel v ITA
June 16th Group C UKR v NIR
June 19th Group A Rou v Alb
June 22nd Group F HUN v POR

Finals fixtures

June 26th

Last 16

Winner Group A v 3rd place Group C/D/E

July 6th

Semi-final

Winner match 45 v match 46

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How to get there

Lyon’s new ground is located 10km outside of the city centre in the commune of Decines-Charpieu. It is located on the N346/ E15 motorway and can be reached by car, and in the likely event supporters are staying in the centre of Lyon they can reach it via tram if they get Line 3 from Gare-Part Dieu.

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Latitude : 45.765 / Longitude : 4.981988

Overview

Replacing the Stade de Gerland and its iconic bumpy roof the Parc Olympique Lyonnaise is a complete new-build located outside of the city’s centre. Lyon’s period of dominance in France, which saw them win seven league titles on the bounce from 2002-2008, may be over, but their impressive new ground is the third biggest of those to be used at Euro 2016. Lyon moved into their new home as recently as January 9th, Alexandre Lacazette scoring the first goal at the stadium in a 4-1 win over Troyes.

Paris

Parc des Princes

Capacity: 48,712

Parc des Princes
Fixtures
June 12th Group D Tur v Cro
June 15th Group A Rou v SUI
June 18th Group F Por v Aus
June 21st Group C NIR v Ger

Finals fixtures

June 25th

Last 16

Winner Grp. B v 3rd place Grp. A/C/D

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How to get there

The Parc des Princes is relatively central and lies just 4km south of the Eiffel Tower. The Porte-de Saint Cloud metro station is a short walk from the ground and is on line 9, which runs straight through the city centre.

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Latitude : 48.841/ Longitude : 2.252

Overview

The home of Paris Saint-Germain, the Parc des Princes held the first ever European Championships - then known as the European Nations’ Cup - final in 1960, as the Soviet Union beat Yugoslavia in front of 18,000 fans. The introduction of the Stade de France ahead of the 1998 World Cup means the ground has since taken a backseat when it comes to the bigger fixtures, but it hosted one of the greatest nights in French football when the hosts beat Spain in the Euro 1984 final.

Marseille

Stade Velodrome

Capacity: 67,394

Stade Velodrome
Fixtures
June 11th Group B Eng v Rus
June 15th Group A Fra v Alb
June 18th Group F ISL v Hun
June 22nd Group C Ukr v Pol

Finals fixtures

June 30th

Quarter-final

Winner match 37 v Winner match 39

July 1st

Semi-final

Winner match 47 v Winner match 48

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How to get there

The Stade Velodrome is located in the south of the city, roughly 3.5kms from the city centre and 1km from the main railway station Saint-Charles. The ground is walkable from the centre in half an hour or supporters can take the metro line two and alight at Rond-Point du Prado or Sainte Marguerite Dromel stations.

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Latitude : 43.268 / Longitude : 5.394

Overview

Originally opened in June 1937 the Stade Veledrome has been the recipient of a number of facelifts throughout its history, including a huge expansion prior to the 1998 World Cup. Ahead of this summer’s championships it was redeveloped again, with a full roof introduced for the first time. This has completely revolutionised the look and feel of the ground, and it now boasts Uefa elite status. Both Leinster and Toulon have played fixtures against Toulon at the stadium.

Saint-Étienne

Stade Geoffroy-Guichard

Capacity: 42,000

Stade Geoffroy-Guichard
Fixtures
June 14th Group F Por v Isp
June 17th Group D Cze v Cro
June 20th Group B Svk v Eng

Finals fixtures

June 25th

Last-16

Runner-up Group A v Runner-up Group C

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How to get there

The Stade Geoffroy-Guichard is just a 30-minute walk from the centre of Saint-Etienne. If you don’t fancy walking, the T1 and T2 trams run from the city centre to the Guichard stop. From there it is five-minutes to the ground.

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Latitude : 45.461 / Longitude : 4.390

Overview

The Stade Geoffroy-Guichard is one of the tournament’s most refreshingly authentic and old fashioned stadiums, with four simple stands right on top of the playing surface. Le Chaudron (The Cauldron) has been open since 1931, and was the scene of England’s last-16 clash with Argentina in the 1998 World Cup, when Diego Simeone infamously got David Beckham sent-off before his side progressed on penalties. England return to Saint-Etienne this summer, when they take on Slovakia in their final group game.

Lille

Stade Pierre-Mauroy

Capacity: 50,186

Stade Pierre-Mauroy
Fixtures
June 12th Group C Ger v Ukr
June 15th Group B Rus v Slo
June 19th Group A SUI v Fra
June 22nd Group E Ita v Ire

Finals fixtures

June 26th

Last 16

Winner Grp. C v 3rd place Grp. A/B/F

July 1st

 

Winner match 38 v Winner match 42

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How to get there

Another new build, the stadium is situated in the Villeneuve-d’Ascq district of Lille which is 6km outside of the city centre. It is easily accessed by metro, with Cite Scientifique and and 4 Cantons Grand Stade stations both a short walk from the ground. Both stations are on Metro line 1. If driving, supporters can access the stadium via the N227.

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Latitude : 50.611 / Longitude : 3.130

Overview

Lille’s new stadium, which is located in Villeneuve-d’Ascq - the city’s student area - was opened at the start of the 2012/13 season. It will play host to Ireland’s final group game against Italy, a fixture Martin O’Neill’s men are likely to need a result from if they are to qualify. Manage it, and the Stade Pierre-Mauroy - a multi-use stadium which hosted Eurobasket 2015 - could join the Giants Stadium and Stadio Luigi Ferraris as the staging post for Irish football’s grandest results.

Toulouse

Stade de Toulouse

Capacity: 33,150

Stade de Toulouse
Fixtures
June 13th Group D Esp v CZE
June 17th Group E Ita v Swe
June 20th Group B Rus v Wa

Finals fixtures

June 27th

Last-16

Winner Group F v Winner Group. E

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How to get there

The ground is located on an island in the River Garonne, roughly 3km from the city centre and 4km from the central railway station. Supporters can get the yellow metro line from the city centre to either Empalot or St Michel, both of which are a 15 minute walk from the stadium. Shuttle buses also run on matchdays from Esquirol metro station.

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Latitude : 43.582 / Longitude : 1.436

Overview

Lille’s new stadium, which is located in Villeneuve-d’Ascq - the city’s student area - was opened at the start of the 2012/13 season. It will play host to Ireland’s final group game against Italy, a fixture Martin O’Neill’s men are likely to need a result from if they are to qualify. Manage it, and the Stade Pierre-Mauroy - a multi-use stadium which hosted Eurobasket 2015 - could join the Giants Stadium and Stadio Luigi Ferraris as the staging post for Irish football’s grandest results.

Nice

Stade de Nice

Capacity: 35,624

Stade de Nice
Fixtures
June 14th Group C Pol v NIR
June 17th Group D ESP v Tur
June 20th Group E Swe v Bel

Finals fixtures

June 27th

Last-16

Winner Group D v 3rd place Group B/E/F

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How to get there

The ground is located 10km west of Nice city centre and 5km from the airport, and if driving can be accessed from junction 52 of the A8 motorway. There is a special matchday bus which runs from the city centre and takes just under an hour, otherwise supporters can get the TER-train from the main railway station to St Augustin Station and then get a shuttle bus to the stadium.

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Latitude : 43.704 / Longitude : 7.191

Overview

The Allianz Riviera was a welcome upgrade for OGC Nice from their home of 86-years, the Stade Muncipal du Ray, which was popular because of its city-centre location but could only hold 19,000 fans. Like a number of the grounds at Euro 2016, it wasn’t until Nice was confirmed as a host city that construction of the new ground commenced and was completed. The stadium will host one of the final games in Ireland’s group as Sweden take on Belgium.

Bordeaux

Stade de Bordeaux

Capacity: 42,115

Stade de Bordeaux
Fixtures
June 11th Group B Wal v Svk
June 14th Group F Aus v Hun
June 18th Group E Bel v Ire
June 21st Group D cro v Esp

Finals fixtures

June 25th

Quarter-final

Winner match 41 v Winner match 43

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How to get there

The stadium is location 6km north of the city centre, and if driving supporters should take exit 4 off the A630. It is a 30-minute journey away from the city using the Tram C, which can be caught from the city’s main rail station, St Jean, and supporters should alight at Parc des Expositions, which is the final stop.

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Latitude : 44.898 / Longitude : -0.571

Overview

Another new stadium, the Nouveu Stade de Bordeaux was designed by the same Swiss company responsible for Bayern Munich’s Allianz Arena and the rather garish plans for Chelsea’s new ground which were released last year. It is an impressive piece of architecture and will host Ireland’s sternest test in Group E, the second game against Belgium. According to the company behind the stadium, Herzog and de Meuron: “The building’s purity and geometrical clarity inspires a sense of monumentality and gracefulness.” Hopefully that’s architecture speak for cheap beer.

Lens Agglo

Stade Bollaert-Delelis

Capacity: 38,223

Stade Bollaert-Delelis
Fixtures
June 11th Group A ALB v SUI
June 16th Group C ENG v WAL
June 21st Group D TUR v CZE

Finals fixtures

June 25th

Last-16

Winner Grp. D v Third place Group B/E/F

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How to get there

The Stade-Bollaert-Delelis is right in the heart of Lens and just a 15-minute walk from the city centre and main railway station.

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Latitude : 50.427 / Longitude : 2.811

Overview

With a capacity bigger than the city of Lens itself, the Stade Bollaert-Delelis is, along with the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard in Saint-Etienne, one of the few traditional, old-school grounds being used at the tournament. The scene of David Beckham’s famous free-kick against Colombia in 1998, England return to the ground again for their fixture against Wales this summer.