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FC Nantes unveil new stadium design

FC Nantes have unveiled images of their planned new 40,000 capacity YelloPark Stadium, designed by Atelier Tom Sheehan & Partenaires (ATSP) and HKS.

The new stadium which will be built in Nantes, France, includes a fixed and a retractable roof to improve comfort and optimise the carbon footprint.

The roof is composed of two parts: a fixed 25,500m2 roof and a retractable central 12,000m2 oculus.

The system provides shelter to all spectators in case of bad weather. Moreover, the footprint of the perimeter remains as convex and compact as possible to ease circular movement around the stadium while being protected by the roof.

The fixed 25,500m2 roof could be used to produce photovoltaic energy for both the stadium and new district needs, should the future studies validate this choice.

The retractable oculus (125m diameter) is designed to optimise the natural light and ventilation of the field and reduce the use of light therapy.

Rainwater collected on the roof and on the esplanade will be reused in the stadium or returned to the water table.

The future stadium follows the natural topography of the site with its raised podium to conceal its infrastructure and public parking functions.

The podium rises above the Périphérique boulevard to the South and the Route de Saint-Joseph to the West.

It allows access to the infrastructure and a pedestrian access on the South-West corner as well as the future pedestrian bridge to the South.

The podium offers a belvedere to the West and a soft connection to the North-East heart of the district via gentle ramps and stairs.

The stadium opens up to a central plaza on the East with an animated façade comprised of restaurants, the FC Nantes museum and shops.

The design of this mixed-use urban area allows for optimum accessibility and simultaneous activities to coexist in harmony both on match days as well as non-match days.

Increased visibility

The stadium will offer several differentiated entries. Each entrance will have its façade, its urban signature and will be dedicated to the holders of a specific ticket.

Inside the stadium, the design is based on the principle of maximising mid-field prime view seating, rethinking the traditional horizontally stratified organisation of the stadium.

A tailored experience is designed for each spectator group.

Each spectator can evolve through his or her choice of experience and level of hospitality.

The new stadium will offer a unique dimension for all spectators thanks to the services, comfort and technologies offered.

Everyone, from the purchase of a ticket to match day, will be immersed in the heart of the event and participate in the general atmosphere.

The new stadium will benefit from:

  • 40,000 seats
  • 125m diameter oculus
  • 37m of free height above pitch
  • 10 main entrances
  • 1 giant 360° screen
  • a 1,000m2 museum
  • 7,000 Kop seats in the same area
  • 150 media seats
  • 150 conference room seats
  • 600m2 shop
  • 25,500m2 fixed roof
  • 12,000m2 retractable roof

©Photo credit: HKS/ATSP

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