February 3, 2023
2023 Rugby World Cup in France!
The 2023 Rugby World Cup will be a key moment for the world of rugby. It will take place from Friday 8th of September to Saturday 28th of October 2023 in France.
The Matmut Atlantique stadium in Bordeaux, the Pierre Mauroy stadium in Lille, the Groupama stadium in Lyon, the velodrome stadium in Marseille, the Beaujoire stadium in Nantes, the Allianz Riviera stadium in Nice, the France stadium, the Geoffroy Guichard stadium in St-Etienne and the stadium of Toulouse have been chosen to host the forty-eight matches in the competition until the finale which will take place on 28th of october at the Stade de France.
Among these host stadiums, few of them (Lyon, Bordeaux and Marseille) have been equipped with Alcor Equipments modular grandstands for several years.
If all the stadiums mobilized across the country to host these matches have benefited from major renovations to offer an unforgettable gaming experience to spectators, the pro D2 stadiums have also benefited from the dynamic linked to the World Cup to carry out rehabilitations and extensions. Several stadiums have therefore been equipped with permanent grandstands to accommodate their spectators in the best possible conditions. For stadium renovations and extensions, modular grandstands represent the best compromise between cost and construction time.
For example of PRO D2 clubs having recently equipped themselves with metal bleachers, we can cite:
At the La Rabine stadium in Vannes, the existing metal bleacher with a capacity of 1,166 seats was dismantled and another larger grandstand was built to accommodate 2,500 seats. This set has two side stairs and two snack bars. Before this development, less than 10,000 spectators could attend RCV matches. Following the work carried out, 11,415 places are now available.
The eight-time Rugby French champion (Agen club) has inaugurated a renovated Armandie stadium with a total capacity of 10,000 seats and covered places. The renovation has consisted in the demolition of the North stand and the reconstruction of a new 4,200-seat stand with 40 boxes and a VIP lounge and the development of its lower part intended 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 a new South grandstand. Provence Rugby can now accommodate 8,727 spectators in its stadium. This new metal bleacher was completed in less than 10 months via a design-build contract. This project supports the rise of the club and has enabled it to improve the conditions for welcoming its partners. The rest remains to be written: depending on the club's sporting progress and in the event of the club's accession to the Top 14, the construction of a new grandstand could be essential to increase the capacity above 12,000 seats.
These improvements show France's commitment to the world of football and its concern to make the 2023 World Cup a driving force for clubs of all levels.
The stadiums are being modernized and are a showcase for rugby, allowing this sport to develop further in France.