By Football Tripper
Last Updated: August 24, 2019
Address: 261 Boulevard de Tournai, Villeneuve-d'Ascq, 59650
Stade Pierre-Mauroy located in Hôtel de Ville quarter of Villeneuve d’Ascq France is the home stadium of Ligue 1 side LOSC Lille Métropole. The ground which opened in 2012 at cost of €282 million (Plus facilities) is the newest stadium in France, and is large enough to accommodate just over 50,000 fans.
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Lille’s original home until 2004 was Stade Grimonprez-Jooris until they moved away to Stade Lille-Métropole with a view to redevelop their dated facilities. When plans failed to come to fruition, the club’s management assessed the economic viability of building a new stadium in 2008, and in 2010 construction of the €300 million, multi-purpose stadium began.
Officially opened with an inaugural Ligue 1 match between Lille and Nancy on the 17th August 2012 (1-1), the stadium was originally going to be known as Grand Stade Lille Metropole. Following the death of former mayor of Lille and Prime Minister of France, Pierre Mauroy (1928-2013) however the name of the stadium was somewhat controversially changed in his honour.
Built as an ultra-modern sports facility, the Stade Pierre Mauroy is architecturally impressive, with a unique transformer design allowing for 5 different configurations including rugby, basketball, concerts and of course football.
With such cutting-edge features, it’s no surprise that Pierre Mauroy has been selected as one of the football stadiums for the 2016 Euro Championships, and surely it heralds the future of all sporting facilities.
Below is a seating plan of Lille's Stade Pierre-Mauroy:
Pierre-Mauroy can be divided into four sections: Nord, Est, Sud and Ouest.
Click the thumbnails above to enlarge an image of each stand and to read a more detailed description of each part of the stadium.
The Matchday Experience
Away fans are housed within the south-east corner between the Sud goal-end and the Est-tribune. As one should expect from a newly constructed Stadium, the arena is an intimate yet deceptively large with comfortable seats, good acoustics and flawless views throughout.
The local area is known for the large number of breweries with “beer” deeply ingrained within the culture of Lille. Popular local brands include Pelforth, Pelican, Excelsior and Coq Hardi.
Lille also has a strong culture of gin, with the spirit being one of the most widely consumed alcoholic drinks in the city. Nearby within Loos and Wambrechies there are two distilleries.
Within the immediate vicinity of Stade Pierre Mauroy there are a handful of choices including Subway and the popular Soho Urban Food chain.
Across the road you have the V2 Centre Shopping Centre which greatly increases the number of fast food outlets on offer with McDonalds, Pizza del Arte and Salad & Co three such examples.
LOSC Lille operate two stores throughout the city in addition to their official online boutique. The largest range of LOSC products gathered in one place across 300m² of space within the Western stand of the stadium.
- Tuesday to Thursday: 10.30 am – 12.30 pm and then 1.30 pm – 7.00 pm.
- Friday and Saturday: 10.30 am to 7.00 pm.
Fans of Lille football club can undertake a 1 hour guided tour of the Stade Pierre Mauroy either as an individual or as part of a larger group.
- €12 for adults (from 18 years)
- €9 for children 13 to 18 years, students, the disabled and the unemployed (on presentation of proof)
- €7 for children 5 to 12 years, free for anyone younger
To book a tour, find out availability and for full information please visit the official site of Stade Pierre Mauroy.
Tickets to see Lille play football can be purchased via the usual French channels including Online, Phone +33 (0) 892 68 56 72 or in person at both the ticket office and Lille Stores at the stadium.
Whilst you can purchase tickets on the day of the match, it can be advisable to book in advance to secure the best possible seats in the stadium. Lille generally have attendances ranging between 30-40,000.
Price wise, expect to pay around €16.00 for a seat within one of the upper tiers behind the goal and anywhere up to €90.00 for a premium seat located on the half way line, within the main grandstand.
Stade Pierre Mauroy is located 6km or so, South-East of the city centre within the Lillian suburb of Villeneuve d’Ascq.
Lille’s stadium is adjacent to the N227 motorway and can be reached by taking exit 3 Villeneuve d’Ascq with the address for satnav being: 261 Boulevard de Tournai, 59650 Villeneuve d’Ascq.
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To travel to Pierre Mauroy on matchdays, you can either use Line 1 and get off at either Cite Scientifique and 4 Cantons, or Line 2 which has the Meadows stop plus a free shuttle bus to the stadium.
On matchdays both lines run at increased frequency up to 2 hours before and after the game, ensuring that your journey isn’t too congested which is always nice.
Lille has two train stations located pretty much next door to each other with Lille-Europe Station (Gare de Lille-Europe) connecting the city to a range of European destinations and Lille-Flandres Station (Gare de Lille-Flandres) serving regional train lines, often at slower speeds.
Located near to the border of Belgium, Lille lies on an important crossroads of the European high-speed rail network and as a result is approximately 1.20 minutes from London, 1.35 from Paris and only 35 minutes from Brussels making it one of the most accessible footballing cities in Europe.
Airports and Flying
Lille is served by Aéroport de Lille (Lille-Lesquin International airport) which is located approximately 15 minutes away from the city centre by car (11km).
Lille-Lesquin Airport is probably the largest flight hub in the Nord-Pas de Calais region and the airport handles over 1.3 million passengers per year.
There are 4/5 hotels within the little island created by the surrounding motorways with Park Inn by Radisson Lille Grand Stade probably being the pick of the bunch.
Heading back towards the Centre-Ville, Holiday Inn Express Lille Centre is a decent central choice, with Hotel Flandre Angleterre and Hotel Lille Europe being two decent choices if you want to be close to the train stations.
By Football Tripper
Last Updated: August 24, 2019