Stade de la Beaujoire

Stade de la Beaujoire - Louis Fonteneau
La Beaujoire, Stadium of Nantes, Stadium of Ghosts
Stade de la Beaujoire - Louis Fonteneau
Location Route de Saint Joseph 44300, Nantes, France
Coordinates 47°15′20″N 1°31′31″W / 47.255631°N 1.525375°W / 47.255631; -1.525375
Capacity 38,128
Surface Grass (105m x 68m)
Opened May 8, 1984[1]
FC Nantes, UEFA Euro 1984, FIFA World Cup 1998, 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup

The Stade de la Beaujoire - Louis Fonteneau, or "Stade de la Beaujoire" (French pronunciation: [stad də la boˈʒwaʁ]), is a stadium in Nantes, France. It is the home of the FC Nantes football club.

The stadium opened for the first time on May 8, 1984, for a friendly game: FC Nantes - Romania. It was named after Louis Fonteneau, who was President of FC Nantes between 1969-1986. It was renovated in 1998, for the World Cup. While its original capacity was 52,923, in 1998, it was converted to an all-seater stadium and its current capacity is 38,128. Previously, the team played at Stade Marcel Saupin.

The stadium also hosts international rugby matches, including France against New Zealand (16-3) on November 15, 1986. In September 2007, it hosted three pool matches of the 2007 Rugby World Cup: Wales vs Canada on September 9, England vs Samoa on September 22 and Wales vs Fiji on September 29. In domestic rugby, La Beaujoire hosted both Top 14 semifinal matches in 2013, and Paris-area Top 14 side Racing Métro 92 will play their final "home" match of the 2013–14 season against Clermont at La Beaujoire on April 19, 2014.

La Beaujoire hosted matches during the 1984 European Football Championship, including a 5-0 victory for France over Belgium. Six matches were also played there during the 1998 FIFA World Cup, including the quarter-final between Brazil and Denmark. The stadium was not selected for the 2016 European Football Championship.

The France national football team have played here on four occasions, most recently 2007 in a EURO 2008 qualifying match against Lithuania (2-0).

The stadium has also hosted musical concerts including:

1998 FIFA World Cup

The stadium was one of the venues of the 1998 FIFA World Cup, and held the following matches:

Date Team #1 Res. Team #2 Round
13 Jun 1998 Spain2-3 NigeriaGroup D
16 Jun 1998 Brazil3-0 MoroccoGroup A
20 Jun 1998 Japan0-1 CroatiaGroup H
23 Jun 1998 Chile1-1 CameroonGroup B
25 Jun 1998 United States0-1 YugoslaviaGroup F
03 Jul 1998 Brazil3-2 DenmarkQuarter-finals


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