Kickoff at the Grand Stadium of Lille
Kickoff at the Grand Stadium of Lille ! On the 17th of August, Lille's football-team LOSC, played its first home game at the new Grand Stadium of Lille built by the Eiffage Group.
The venue, which will have required an investment of 324 million euros (excluding the real-estate outlay), is to be managed under a concession arrangement until 2043.
The Eiffage teams worked to the best of their ability to meet the LOSC calendar, despite setbacks which delayed the beginning of the building works.
The Grand Stadium of Lille is a unique venue worldwide : a stadium that can be transformed within 24 hours into a major sports stadium or arena, so as to diversify potential sources of revenue.
As a stadium (with a seating capacity of 50,100), the luminous show-case will serve as a venue for football matches, with priority given to LOSC games for 25 days in the year, but also other major sporting events such as rugby.
The Grand Stadium will also serve as a venue for major concerts (40,000 to 56,000 seating capacity).
Its sliding roof can be closed in just 30 minutes, so that play can continue in bad weather, noise impact can be reduced for the surrounding neighbourhood and «darkness» created for shows.
The most outstanding innovation is the «event box». The northern half of the grassed area is, in fact, spread out over a vast metal platform. This can be raised (all 4,000 tonnes !) and slid into position (to the nearest millimetre) above the southern half of the grassed area. A gigantic area, the «event box», is thus formed - the biggest in Europe.
According to whether the scene is located to one side or in the centre, this box of tricks can be converted into a sports palace or concert venue capable of seating 15,000 to 30,000 spectators.
All these technical features will be available as of this autumn. Following the Millau viaduc, the Perpignan-Figueras High-Speed Rail Link, and ahead of the Le Mans-Rennes High-Speed Rail Link, Eiffage confirms its position as a world leader in the construction of major infrastructures.