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Orange Velodrome: All you need to know - Tickets, Direction, Weather (2022)

It was the first large steel-and-concrete structure built for athletics and currently holds the world record for the fastest cycling time. The Orange Velodrome, better known as the Stade Velodrome, was built to serve as a playing venue for the 1938 World Cup. It is currently the world record holder for the fastest cycling time.

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

History and description

The stadium has a seating capacity of 48,182, making it the largest stadium in France. The Orange Velodrome, better known as the Stade Velodrome, was built to serve as a playing venue for the 1938 World Cup. Soon after it became the new home of Olympique de Marseille after Stade de l?Huveaune had become too small for the club. The stadium has a seating capacity of 48,182 people making it the largest stadium in France. The Stade Velodrome opened officially on June 13, 1937 with a friendly match between Marseille and Italian side Torino. The stadium hosted one first round match and the semi-final between Italy and Brazil during the 1938 World Cup.

The stadium originally had a cycling track as well as a running track circling the pitch. Over time, the cycling track gradually disappeared, while the running track became gradually eaten away by the growth of the stands.

The Stade Velodrome received a refurbishment in preparation for the Euro 1984 Championships. It hosted one first round group match and the semi-final match between France and Portugal (3-2).

The stadium was rebuilt for the 1998 World Cup and it had round-shaped stands. The capacity got increased to about 60,000 seats, but the new stadium was also criticised for its lack of cover.

The Stade Velodrome hosted four first round group matches during the World Cup, a round of 16 match, a quarter-final, and the semi-final between Brazil and Holland (1-1).

Following France's successful bid to host the 2016 Euro Tournament, new redevelopment plans were presented. The works included the almost complete reconstruction of the two main stands, minor work on the stands at both ends, and the construction of a roof that would cover the entire stadium, increasing capacity by 7,000 seats. The redevelopment was completed in the summer of 2014.

The Stade Velodrome hosted four first round group matches during Euro 2016 - the quarter-final between Portugal and Poland (1-1), and the semi-final between France and Germany (2-0).

In 2016, the stadium received a new naming rights sponsorship deal with telecommunications firm Orange. The stadium was renamed Orange Velodrome following the deal.

(photos of the present Stade Velodrome below)

How to get to Orange Velodrome

The Orange Velodrome is located in the south of Marseille, about 3.5 kilometers from the city center and a kilometre more from central railway station Saint-Charles. You can reach the stadium with Metro Line 2. Catch the Metro southbound at Saint Charles railway station or another stop in the city center (e.g. Noailles), and get off at either Rond Point du Prado or Sainte Marguerite Dromel (both located at different sides of Stade Velodrome).

If you're coming from the old port area, you can catch Metro Line 1 and change at station Castellane to Line 2. You can find a Metro Network map here.

If it is possible to simply walk from the old port area to Stade Velodrome, which will take approximately thirty-five to forty-five minutes. Find your way to the Rue de Rome, a few blocks inland, and turn south.

Paris has many good train connections with other parts of France. There are frequent direct TGV trains from, for example, Marseille, Lyon, and Nice. The journey from Paris takes about 3.5 hours. You can book your train tickets in advance through the official SNCF website.

Marseille has its own airport, Marseille Provence Airport, which is good for connections and also serviced by low-cost airlines. The airport is located 25 kilometers north-west of Marseille's center, on the other side than Stade Velodrome so catch a bus to Saint-Charles train station first and make your way to the stadium from there.

Address: 3 Boulevard Michelet, 13008 Marseille

Eat, drink, and sleep near Stade Velodrome

The orange velodrome is located in a residential area. There are several eating and drinking options around, most notably on Avenue du Prado in the direction of the city center. In the city center, the old port area (Vieux Port) is the place to eat and drink. Lo Huitième Hotel es una alternativa más barata que el Novotel en Avenue du Prado. El sobre la calle Conde Espartero es un poco más lejos, pero todavía está a simple travesía, mientras que cerca del centro se encuentra el Hotel Hassler.

If you want to stay close to the coast and the beach, the Residence Adagio Prado Plage may be a good option for you. Most people will decide to stay in the old port area or a bit further south near Castellane with both the stadium and city centre at walking distance.

Find hotels near the Stade Velodrome in Marseille and explore further options in the city centre?

Marseille Tickets

Tickets for Marseille games can be purchased online (the official website), at the stadium ticket office, or at the OM official store. They can also be bought at any of the Francebillet, Ticketnet, or Digitick sales outlets. Ticket prices for matches can range from around $10 to around $25. Higher-profile games tend to have higher prices, but tickets for lower-profile games, such as the Europa League, can be cheaper.

For more information call +33 (0) 892 700 840.

Orange Velodrome stadium tours

To gain access to the stadium and its various areas, the tourist office organizes guided tours that last about 75 minutes. Included in these tours are access to the dressing rooms, press room, stands, and players? tunnel. Tours run most days of the week, with the exception of when there are matches or events at the stadium multiple times a day. Check online for an up-to-date schedule.

Tickets can be booked online. For more information, call +33 (0)4 86 09 50 34 or email [email protected]

The tour costs ?13.00.

Relevant Internet links

The Official Website of Olympique de Marseille is olympicmarseille.com and the Official Website of the Marseille Tourist Office is marseille-tourism.com. RTM.fr provides public transport information for Marseille. The view is great. The structure is fantastic. I stopped in a hotel nearby and an hour after I sat outside, many many thousands of people were still streaming past!

I attended the stade velodrome for Hungary v Iceland in Euro 2016 and I was not disappointed. The stadium was fantastic and the seats were, I agree, cheap. The backless plastic seats on concrete slabs gave great atmosphere from 35000 Hungarians. The view was great and the structure was fantastic. I stopped in a hotel nearby an hour after I arrived and many thousands of people were still streaming past!

I have always respected Marsyllie fans for their support. However, they did not step up to the plate when it mattered most. There were no away fans at the game, which made it difficult for Marseille to compete. The stadium is amazing and I would definitely visit there again.

I have always regarded Martian fans as top supporters, but they did not step up to the plate. There were no away fans! Overall, Marseille is a great place to visit. The stadium is awesome and I would go there again.

The design of the stadium encourages people to walk over the seats to get into and out of their places, which makes it very hard to see where your seat is. The location of the journalists is also way too high/far from the pitch, they must need binoculars to see the players. I enjoyed my visit for the recent Groningen Europa match, but I'm glad that only 9,000 attended.

The design of the stadium seems to encourage people to walk over the seats to get into and out of their places. I also thought that the journalists location was way too high/far from the pitch. They must need binoculars to see the players? numbers. I enjoyed my visit for the recent Groningen Europa match and was glad that only 9,000 attended!.

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It was the first large steel-and-concrete structure built for athletics and currently holds the world record for the fastest cycling time. The Orange Velodrome, better known as the Stade Velodrome, was built to serve as a playing venue for the 1938 World Cup. It is currently the world record holder for the fastest cycling time.

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