Stade Gilbert Brutus
Stade Gilbert Brutus is a rugby league stadium located in Perpignan, in the south of France. It is the permanent home of the Catalans Dragons.
On Monday 11 November 2013, the stadium will host France's 2013 Rugby League World Cup Group B match with Samoa.
The Stade Gilbert Brutus was, during the 1970s and 1980s a heavily used ground by both rugby league and rugby union clubs in the Catalan area of Perpignan. During the 1970s it would undergo its first set of constructions with the installation of stands with seating, however unconventional seating was put into place that featured no back support and this seating is still used today. It was previously the home ground of former rugby league club XIII Catalan.
Prior to 2007 the Stade Gilbert Brutus could only hold a total of 4,200 individuals and contained 900 seats;<ref>worldstadia.com:: Gilbert Brutus, Perpignan> View Stadium</ref> this was deemed inadequate for the Catalans Dragons, so the Dragons decided upon using the Stade Aimé Giral for 2006. It had always been the Catalan clubs plan to use Gilbert Brutus as their home ground prior to gaining admission into Super League<ref name=autogenerated1>Template:Cite news</ref> and so construction to the stadium began in 2006 with the aim of bringing the Stadium to a total capacity of 14,000.
thumb Whilst the Catalans Dragons were playing at the alternative stadium, the first phase of reconstruction started at their official ground. This first stage included the construction of two covered, all-seater stands, one of which featuring hospitality suites. By the end of the 2006 season, the reconstruction was finished, and Catalans moved back into the stadium for the 2007 season. Further construction is planned to begin in February 2010, bringing the Stade Gilbert Brutus to a total capacity of between 11,500 and 13,000, with three all-seater stands. Development of a fourth stand is unlikely given the ground's proximity to several council buildings at that side of the field.
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