Stade Saint-Symphorien is a multi-purpose sports stadium located in the north-eastern city of Metz which is close to the border of Switzerland.
Used predominantly for the football matches of FC Metz since opening in 1927, today the ground has a capacity of 26,700 after undergoing expansion in 2001.
FC Metz Stadium Guide
|Address:||3 Boulevard Saint-Symphorien, Longeville-lès-Metz, Grand Est, 57050|
|Pitch Size:||105m x 68m|
|Record Attendance:||28,766 vs Marseille (7th December 1991)|
|Stadium Owner:||FC Metz|
Stade Saint-Symphorien History
Stade Saint-Symphorien first opened on September 11th 1923 although it was supposed to open a month before in August if it was not for the roof of the grandstand collapsing.
Within a decade of opening Saint-Symphorien was capable of seating 10,000 supporters with approximately 2,000 of these blessed with the luxury of a roof.
Located on the banks of both La Moselle and a Canal the stadium was flooded during the Second World War after the local area sustained bomb damage, although it was immediately fixed in the years following 1945.
The second half of the 20th century saw FC Metz’ Stadium undergo series of incremental improvements.
Floodlights were installed in 1953 in order to facilitate the playing of night-time matches, and the grandstand was once again expanded in 1962.
Remaining relatively unchanged for the next 30 years, the record attendance of 28,766 was set on December 7th 1991 when Metz took on Marseille who would go on to be crowned eventual Champions.
Although the stadium was not involved in the 1998 World Cup which was hosted by France, it did undergo major renovation work when a three-tiered, 9,000 capacity grandstand was added behind the western goal-end.
Three years later, a complimentary one was build on the opposite eastern goal-end resulting in today’s capacity of 26,671.
As for the future of Stade Saint-Symphorien it looks like Metz will remain as permanent residents for many years to come, with the football club working in conjunction with the local council to discuss further renovations.
There was hope that the stadium could piggyback on the country hosting Euro 2016 but it was not elected as a final venue for the tournament and thus will receive no funding.
FC Metz Info
|Full Name:||Football Club de Metz|
|Rivals:||Nancy, RC Strasbourg|
|Nicknames:||Les Grenats (The Maroons), Les Graoullys|
|Training Ground:||Frescaty Air Base|
|Famous Players:||Kalidou Koulibaly, Miralem Pjanić, Franck Ribéry, Sadio Mané, Louis Saha, Emmanuel Adebayor, Robert Pires, Papiss Cissé|
|Famous Managers:||Frédéric Antonetti, Albert Cartier|
|Team Owner:||Bernard Serin|
|Team Goalscorer:||Yeni N'Gbakoto (49)|
|Most Appearances:||Sylvain Kastendeuch (348)|
Stade Saint-Symphorien Seating Plan
Stade Saint-Symphorien Away Section
Away fans appear to be housed within the two southernmost sections of seating (Q and P) within the Tribune Est. Tickets for the “zone visiteurs” can reportedly be purchased on the game day up to 1 hour before kick-off.
Best Pubs near ground
The map outlines three of the most popular pubs amongst football fans within the city of Metz. Although we’ve likely missed quite a few out, it’s a pretty decent starting point!
Food - Places to eat
Inside the stadium’s concourses there are over 10 snack bars or kiosks which sell the expected range of matchday grub.
Outside the ground’s north-eastern corner, there is an independently run sandwich bar as well as a kebab/chip shop which does a roaring trade on matchdays.
If you’re looking for a sit-down restaurant there is the Sport Palace within the north stand.
FC Metz Club Shop
FC Metz operate a club shop located at the stadium in addition to their own official online store. The store at Stade Saint Symphorien is located at the back of the north-stand and is marked by a green carpet and awning which adorns the entrance.
- Monday to Friday: 9.30 am – 12.00 pm and 2.00 pm – 7.00 pm
- Saturday: 9.30 am – 7.00 pm
Can you take a stadium Tour?
It doesn’t appear as if FC Metz or the local council currently offer fans the chance to undertake a tour of the facilities at Stade Saint-Symphorien, apologies. If this changes we’ll be sure to update this section.
How to buy FC Metz Tickets
Tickets to see FC Metz in action can be purchased online from the official website, at the ticket office at the stadium which is located in the same building as the club shop, and from other various points throughout the city.
Ticket Prices 2015
- Tribune Nord: €30.00 – €60.00
- Tribune Est: €16.00
- Tribune Sud/Moselle: €45.00 – €120.00
- Tribune Ouest: €16.00 – €30.00
How to get to Stade Saint-Symphorien
Where is Stade Saint-Symphorien?
Stade Saint-Symphorien is located on the western bank of the River Moselle and its adjacent canal, less than 2km from the historical city centre of Metz.
The address for satnav is as follows:
- Stade Communale, 3 Allée Saint-Symphorien, 57000 Metz, France
On site there is a car park which has room for over 40 buses and 1,000 cars. Available to use on matchdays for a few euros, the largest individual carpark appears to be located south of the ground.
Train - Public Transport
The city is served by two stations in total although the main one is known as Gare De Metz-Ville. Located in the city centre approximately 1.8km east of the stadium, you can make the journey by foot within 20 minutes at an average walking pace.
Airports and Flying
There is a small regional airport which serves both Metz and Nancy however it mainly handles freight and non-commercial traffic. In recent years it has started offering domestic flights to Paris, Lyon and Aligers with Luxembourg Airport often thought of as the de facto International airport – this is 1 hour away by car.
Hotels Near Stade Saint-Symphorien
There are a good number of hotels within the compact city centre which gives visiting supporters lots of choice. Two affordable choices are the Hotel Ibis and Citotel Alerion Gare – both of which are located right outside the train station.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who plays at Stade Saint-Symphorien?
French side FC Metz play their home matches at Stade Saint-Symphorien.
What is the capacity of Stade Saint-Symphorien?
As of 2022 Stade Saint-Symphorien has an official seating capacity of 30,000 for Football matches.
When was Stade Saint-Symphorien opened?
Stade Saint-Symphorien officially opened in 1923 and is home to FC Metz
What is the postcode for Stade Saint-Symphorien?
The postcode for Stade Saint-Symphorien is 57050.
Are there any Covid restrictions at the stadium?
Covid Restrictions may be in place when you visit Stade Saint-Symphorien in 2022. Please visit the official website of FC Metz for full information on changes due to the Coronavirus.