Parc des Princes Tours
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The Parc des Princes stadium is the home turf of one of Europe’s top soccer teams, Paris Saint-Germain. When it’s not hosting matches, the 49,000-capacity arena in the southwest corner of Paris hosts concerts by international music acts, such as the Rolling Stones and Green Day.
This stadium, opened in 1972, was designed by Roger Taillibert and drew rave reviews for its striking, avant garde design, most notably the 50 concrete columns that buttress a dramatic ring-shaped roof. Though vintage, the stadium still has an electric energy when hometown heros Paris Saint-Germain take the pitch. Get tickets for a match, and sit among diehard local fans as they chant, “Ici c'est Paris!” (“This is Paris!”) in unison, or take a behind-the-scenes tour to see the changing rooms, trophy room, and hidden spots.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Parc des Princes is popular with sports fans.
- Tourists coming to see a match can choose a tour that includes VIP treatment, including beverages and preferred seating.
- Visitors are not permitted to wear opposing teams’ colors during tours.
- Entrances on both sides of the stadium have wheelchair ramps, and there are elevators that go directly to a special accessible seating section.
How to Get There
Parc des Princes is located on Boulevard Périphérique, south of the Bois de Boulogne. Take Métro line 9 or bus lines 22, 62 and 72 to Porte de Saint-Cloud and walk about five minutes, following the signs and the fans.
When to Get There
Paris Saint-Germain’s regular season runs from August through May, and the Coupe de France runs from January through April. The French League Cup (Coupe de la Ligue) is December and January, and UEFA Champions League starts in September.
Bois de Boulogne
Before or after a match, enjoy the exquisite natural beauty at the nearby Bois de Boulogne park. Twice the size of Manhattan’s Central Park, this green space features lakes and ponds, waterfalls, botanical and rose gardens, a zoo, a horse track, a 17-acre (7-hectare) campground, and even two Michelin-starred restaurants. Simply choose your adventure, from jogging, cycling, horseback riding, picnicking, tennis, boat rides, and more.
Address: 24 Rue du Commandant Guilbaud, Paris, France
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