The Stade Louis II is a stadium located in the Fontvieille district of Monaco. It has served as a venue for both football, being the home of AS Monaco as well as the location of the annual UEFA Super Cup match, and track and field, where it formerly hosted the IAAF World Athletics Final (though certain events, such as the hammer, had to be held elsewhere, due to the stadium’s relatively small capacity).
The original Stade Louis II was opened in 1939 as the home of AS Monaco. The new stadium was built in the early 1980s, close to the site of the old stadium on land reclaimed from the sea, opening fully in 1985. It presently has a capacity of approximately 18,500 all seated, which is quite large relative to the population of Monaco (about 30,500); it can seat almost two-thirds of the country’s population, a feat no other stadium can boast. The vast majority of the stadium’s facilities are located underground, with a large car park directly under the pitch (something that has caused some degree of criticism from managers of AS Monaco’s opponents in the past over the state of the pitch). The stadium is named after Louis II, Prince of Monaco, who was the Sovereign Prince of Monaco when the original stadium was built.
Visiting Louis II Stadium
Appointment from Wednesday to Sunday at the reception desk of Stade Louis II in 7 rue Grimaldi, for a 30-minute tour that takes you behind the scenes of Monaco stadium.
Visiting hours: 10:00am – 11:30am – 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm from Wednesday to Sunday
September 1 to 30: 10:00am – 11:30am Wednesday, 10:00am – 11:30am – 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
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