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French rugby’s Grand Stade bites the dust

The Federation Française de Rugby (FFR) has ditched plans for a new 82,000 seat stadium, incoming president Bernard Laporte has confirmed.

The Populous-designed stadium was set to be built on a former racecourse at Ris-Orangis, some 35 km from central Paris.

Announcing the decision Laporte said:

The board of directors has approved the final shut-down of the Grand Stade project.

One of his campaign promises in the run up to the election was that he would bury the Grand Stade project, which he saw as being too expensive.

The new stadium project had seemed to be progressing with the signing this summer of a contract between the FFR and the developer and main contractor, Ibelys.

The stadium design featured a retractable pitch and roof, the only stadium in the world to combine both features.