Work on the Grande Stade Bordeaux – which will host five matches including a quarter-final game during EURO 2016 – is continuing apace, with completion due April 2015.
The new stadium has been designed by renowned architects Herzog and de Meuron, whose previous projects include world-class stadia in Munich and Beijing. This time, the original form uses the stands as the most distinctive accent, with a ‘jungle’ of white columns on the exterior supporting the stadium’s bowl. These columns ensure maximum flexibility and optimal visibility for fans through the use of specially-tailored design principles. Located in the green belt district, the venue will be surrounded by lush green areas and vegetation.
Initially called Stade Bordeaux Atlantique, the ground was later named Grand Stade Bordeaux. However, both names are temporary, as a naming-rights deal is expected to cover around 8% (c.€15m) of the construction cost. The project has been realised through a public-private partnership (PPP), with Girondins football club covering half the budget (€85m) and the remainder to be paid by federal funding (€28m), municipality (€17m), urban community (€15m), and regional authorities (€15m).