FFR agrees new Stade de France hosting deal to 2025
The French national rugby union team will continue to play home games at the Stade de France until 2025, after the FFR, the French rugby union federation, agreed a new contract with the stadium owners today.
The agreement with the Stade de France Consortium means all Six Nations, autumn international and World Cup warm-up matches held on home soil will take place at the 81,000-seat venue, situated in the Paris suburb of Saint-Denis.
The LNR, the organiser of the domestic Top 14, is also a party to the agreement, ensuring the Top 14 final will be played at the Stade de France until at least 2025.
The contract does not include the 2023 Rugby World Cup, to be hosted by France.
A separate agreement was signed off last year, with a government guarantee enabling the use of the Stade de France during the tournament.
The FFR intends to stage seven World Cup matches at the Stade de France, including the opening game and final, because its capacity will mean more tickets can be sold, and it is expected to cost the FFR €5.7 million ($6.4 million) to rent the venue for a period of 45 days.
In late 2016, FFR president Bernard Laporte scrapped plans to build a new 82,000-seat national stadium near Paris.
The proposal for the stadium was first made public in 2009, but the construction contract was not signed off until June 2016, and Laporte, who had been critical of the project during his election campaign, pulled the plug once he was in office.