Marseille, a genuine paradise for sports enthusiasts! Whether you enjoy fishing, football, golf, hiking and climbing, or sailing, ocean kayaking and diving, everything is possible thanks to Marseille’s exceptional natural surroundings and the presence of appropriate infrastructures. But the true attraction that really gets the city into high gear is the Olympique de Marseille team and stadium with its major football matches. After the European Cup and the 1998 World Cup, the Stade Vélodrome hosted rugby fans for the 2007 World Cup. It is the preferred stadium of the French rugby team as well as the mythical All Blacks.
A witness to the OM’s hour of glory, the Stade Vélodrome is one of the sports arenas whose name is known around the world. Owned by the City of Marseille since 1937, it is the second largest French stadium after the Stade de France, with a capacity of 60,013 seats. The stadium renovation project was approved by the municipal council in light of the prospect of the French candidacy for the Euro 2016. The project includes provisions to put roofing over all the stands and to increase capacity to 70,000 seats. In addition to the modernization project, a centre for economic excellence will be established with shops, office space, a restaurant and hotel facilities. The new stadium will be inaugurated in 2014 after 3 years of works.
The OM is the French football team with the most honours and the only one to have won the League of Champions. With its international recognition, the OM team boasts fans from around the world.
This tour has become a “must-do” when in Marseille. Thousands of fans visit this temple of French football every year! In addition to the traditional tour (the stands, boxes, changing rooms…), one can also experience the excitement of a match: with sound effects in the hallway that leads to the infamous trap door and then to the field, one can really “live the experience”. Visitors will view a replica of the Euro Cup as well as film that relates the history of the Stade Vélodrome.
This tour is organized by www.cultival.fr
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