Stade Omnisports de la Source is the home ground of Union Sportive Orléans Loiret Football, who will play in Ligue 2 in the 2013-2014 season after winning the Championnat National outright in the previous season. Extended in 2011, the stadium now has a current capacity of 8,000.
Stade de la Source first opened in 1976, and has been home to US Orléans Loiret Football ever since. The club were originally called Arago Sport Orléanais, but reformed to coincide with the move to the new stadium, and just after four years of playing at Stade de la Source the club had ascended through enough tiers of French football to become professional in 1980.
Named after the Orléans-la-Source neighbourhood which the stadium is located within, the stadium has undergone several renovations over the years. In 2011, a new 3,587 capacity grandstand known as “Marc Vagner” was erected along with a 1,500 capacity stand which resulted in today’s current capacity of 8,000.
The record attendance to date was set during the 1979/1980 season when just over 12,000 supporters turned up for a semi-final clash against Paris Saint-Germain. Essentially a sell-out, this era of Stade de la Source represented the stadium’s peak capacity and thus the record is unlikely to be beaten in the foreseeable future.
After US Orléans gained promotion to Ligue 2 after winning the 2013/2014 Championnat National, over €6 million euros were invested in renovating Stade de la Source in line with Ligue de Football Professionnel regulations. As well as the installation of modern plastic seating, there are also plans to install an improved drainage system on the pitch.