There’s Much More to Parc des Princes than PSG

A Hunting Ground for Elites Becomes an Elite Soccer Stadium

By Dan Stelly | Photo via Philippe Agnifili

Tenants: Paris Saint-Germain

Location: Paris, France

Capacity: 48,712

Opened: 1897

French soccer does not begin and end with Paris Saint-Germain, and Parc des Princes — home of the dominant club since 1974 — does no such thing either. Originally a plot for hunting and recreation among Parisian nobles in the 19th century, the site received its first sporting venues in 1897 with the construction of athletic fields and a velodrome. Racing Club de France soon became the ground’s first tenant, and the French national side played its first-ever home game at Le Parc.

Over time, the stadium has had hosting roles in the 1938 and 1998 World Cups, several Rugby World Cups, early editions of the Olympics, and, perhaps most memorably, France’s triumph over Spain in the 1984 European Championship final. More recently, the opening of Stade de France and PSG’s domestic dominance have dimished Le Parc’s reputation for international soccer, although it looks like Champions League matches will be a fixture for years to come.

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Additional photos: PSGMAG.NET & PSGMAG.NET