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Stade Gerland: All you need to know - Tickets, Direction, Weather (2022)

The first competitive match was played on 19 May 1926 between FC Gerland and Olympique de Charleroi.

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Nicole Sommer - Soccer expert Last updated: Sunday, 03.July 2022 — 3min read

History and description

During the 1920s, the stadium was built and designed to accommodate multiple sports. At first, football was not played at the stadium due to its oval shape. It took until 1950 for the stadium of Olympique Lyonnais to slowly convert into a proper football stadium.

There were plans in the 1960s to build a brand new 85,000-stadium in Lyon to lure the Olympics, but these never came to fruition.

In 1980, Gerland Stadium set a record attendance when 48,552 people attended a match versus local rivals Saint-Etienne.

Two new stands were built soon after the Euro 1984 Championships at both sides with the perspective of hosting one group match and the semi-final between Spain and Denmark.

Dynamo Kiev hosted the final of the 1986 Cup Winners? Cup between Atlético Madrid and lost 3-0.

Lyon was chosen as one of the host cities of the 1998 World Cup, and as a result, two new stands at the ends were built that gave the stadium its rectangular shape. Works were completed in 1996.

During the World Cup, Stade Gerland hosted five group matches and the quarter-final between Croatia and Germany.

In 2012, Lyon started building a new stadium to replace the aged Stade Gerland, which opened in January 2016. Lyon played their last match at Stade Gerland on 16 December 2016 when they hosted Tours in the French Cup.

(photos of the present Stade Gerland below)

How to get to Stade Gerland

Gerland Stadium is located in south Lyon, approximately 5 km from Saint-Jean Cathedral and 4 km from Lyon-Perrache railway station. The stadium is easiest reached with metro line B. This line connects the stadium (stop Stade de Gerland) with Lyon's other main railway station, Gare de la Part-Dieu, and meets with line D at Saxe-Gambetta, which in turn connects with the old city centre.

From the railway station at Perrache, one can take tram 2 to the metro stop Jean Macé and catch Metro line B there. Alternatively, one can take bus 60 in the direction of Feyzin Les Razes and get off at the stadium.

To reach the stadium from the ring road, exit 16 Gerland and follow the boulevard north. The stadium will be on your left after a curve to the left.

If you're coming from the A7/A47/Autoroute du Soleil, take exit 1 and drive toward Gerland. When you reach the bridge over the Seine, take a right and follow the road until you see the stadium.

Address: 89 Avenue Tony Garnier, 69007 Lyon

Eat, drink, and sleep

Stade Gerland is located close to the river Rhône in an area that is a mix of residential buildings, offices, industry, and other sports facilities. There are a number of options for eating and drinking a few blocks from the stadium toward the city centre, e.g. on Rue Marcel Mérieux (including Ninkasi), though needless to say there is much more variety in Lyon's city centre. Nearby hotels include the Novotal Lyon Gerland, which is approximately a 15-minute walk away, and the Park & Suites Elégance, which is a comparable alternative at similar distance. There are also some rental apartments available in the area, which tend to be cheaper. For more information on all hotels near Stade Gerland, please click here.

If you want to stay in the city centre, you can definitely do that. For example, if you want to locate your hotel close to Line B of the metro, you may want to look for one around Place Guichard, but connections are easy from other parts of the city as well.

Relevant Internet links

The website of Olympique Lyonnais, Lyon tourist information, and public transport information for the Lyon agglomeration are all available on Olweb.fr.

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