The Rugby World Cup 2023, marking a key moment for the world of oval ball, will take place from Friday, September 8th to Saturday, October 28th, 2023, in France.

The Matmut Atlantique Stadium in Bordeaux, the Pierre Mauroy Stadium in Lille, the Groupama Stadium in Lyon, the Vélodrome Stadium in Marseille, the Beaujoire Stadium in Nantes, the Allianz Riviera Stadium in Nice, the Stade de France, the Geoffroy Guichard Stadium in St Etienne, and the Stadium in Toulouse have been chosen to host the approximately forty-eight matches of the competition, from the pool stage to the final, which will take place on October 28th at the Stade de France.

Among these host stadiums, the stadiums in Bordeaux, Lyon’s Parc OL, and Marseille’s Vélodrome Stadium have been equipped with modular grandstands from Alcor Equipements for several years.

While all the stadiums mobilized across the country to host these matches have undergone significant renovations to offer an unforgettable gaming experience to spectators, Pro D2 stadiums have also benefited from the momentum linked to the World Cup to carry out renovations and extensions. To this end, several stadiums have been equipped with permanent grandstands to accommodate their spectators under optimal conditions.

For stadium renovations and extensions, modular grandstands represent the best compromise in terms of cost and construction time. Several PRO D2 clubs naturally turned to this solution and have recently equipped themselves with modular stadium grandstands.

At La Rabine Stadium in Vannes, the existing metal grandstand with a capacity of 1,166 seats was dismantled, and a larger grandstand was built, allowing for the accommodation of 2,500 seats. This ensemble is equipped with two lateral staircases and two refreshment stands. Before this renovation, fewer than 10,000 spectators could attend RCV matches. Following the work carried out, there are now 11,415 seats available.

The eight-time Rugby champion, Agen’s club, inaugurated a refurbished Armandie Stadium with a total capacity of 10,000 covered and seated places. The renovation involved the demolition of the North Stand and the construction of a new grandstand with 4,200 seats, along with 40 lodges and a VIP lounge, as well as the arrangement of its lower part for the general public. SUA spectators can now benefit from optimal visibility accompanied by premium comfort to support their team.

Still in Pro D2, the Maurice David Stadium in Aix en Provence has acquired a new South Stand. Provence Rugby can now accommodate 8,727 spectators in its stadium. This new metal grandstand was completed in less than 10 months through a design-build contract. This project accompanies the club’s rise and has allowed it to improve the reception conditions for its partners. The future remains to be written: depending on the club’s sporting progression and in the event of promotion to the Top 14, the construction of a new grandstand may prove essential to have a capacity of more than 12,000 seats.

These improvements demonstrate France’s commitment to the world of oval ball and its concern to make the 2023 World Cup a locomotive for clubs at all levels.

The stadiums are modernizing and are a showcase for rugby, allowing this sport to further develop in France.