Stade des Lumières

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Template:Infobox stadium The Stade des Lumières is 58,000-seat stadium that the French football club Olympique Lyonnais is building near Décines. It will replace its current stadium, Stade de Gerland, in 2015. The cost of the stadium is estimated to be about €250 million.


On 1 September 2008, Olympique Lyonnais president Jean-Michel Aulas announced plans to create a new 60,000-seat stadium, tentatively called OL Land, to be built on 50 hectares of land located in Décines-Charpieu, a suburb of Lyon. The stadium, if built, will also include state-of-the-art sporting facilities, two hotels, a leisure center, and commercial and business offices.

On 13 October 2008, the project was agreed upon by the French government, the General Council of Rhône, the Grand Lyon, SYTRAL, and the municipality of Décines for construction with approximately €180 million of public money being used and between €60–80 million coming from the Urban Community of Lyon. However, since the announcement, the club's efforts to get the stadium off the ground have been hindered due to slow administrative procedures, political interests, and various opposition groups, who view the stadium as financially, ecologically, and socially wrong for the taxpayers and community of Décines. The project is finally coming to fruition, with an estimate that the stadium will be completed by 2015, with at least part of a season for breaking in before the 2016 Eurogames. The big question is where the financing will come from, private or public capital? .

On 22 September 2009, French newspaper L'Équipe reported that OL Land had been selected by the French Football Federation as one of the twelve stadiums to be used in the country's bidding for UEFA Euro 2016. The FFF officially made their selections on 11 November 2009 and the city of Lyon was selected as a site to host matches during the tournament.



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