Arena / Concert Venue
Info Indoor arena Palais des Sports in Paris' south was built in 1960 to replace Vel' d'Hiv, demolished after the horrors it witnessed during the roundup of Jews in WWII. Its aluminum-paneled, domed ceiling – built using techniques devised by Buckminster Fuller – has welcomed concerts, musicals, boxing matches, plays, one-man ... more
1 Place Porte de Versailles
Info France's third biggest stadium, Parc des Princes in ritzy southwest Paris has been home base for soccer club Paris Saint-Germain since 1974. The first stadium at the location opened in 1897, surrounded by a manicured park fit for royalty (hence the name). In the past, it hosted a physiological research center as well as ... more
24 Rue Claude Farrère
Arena / Concert Venue
Info Palais Omnisport de Paris-Bercy, more commonly known as Bercy, is a vast stadium located along the Seine and next to Parc de Bercy. With a capacity of up to 25,000, it can be adapted for almost any type of sport, from swimming to karting. It also houses a giant skating rink. World and European championships in athletics ... more
8 Boulevard de Bercy
Info A complex of 24 red clay tennis courts located in chic western Paris, Stade Roland Garros is most famous for hosting the French Open, known simply as "Roland Garros" in France. The stadium was named in homage to aviation pioneer Garros, who died in combat during WWI. Stade Roland Garros contains three main courts. The ... more
2 Avenue Gordon Bennett
Concert Venue / Stadium
Info The biggest stadium in France and the eighth largest in Europe, Stade de France boasts more than 18,000 seats when configured for football and rugby games and for concerts. Located in Saint-Denis, a suburb just north of Paris, it is easily accessed by multiple train lines as well as metro line 13 (which is slammed with ... more
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If you only have one chance to check out a Paris stadium and you’re a big fan of soccer – or even if you’re only a mild fan – then you have to head to Parc des Princes. With room for nearly fifty-thousand, Princes is the home stadium for soccer club Paris Saint-Germain, one of the most prestigious soccer clubs in Europe that regularly sells out the stadium every time they take the field.
An even bigger soccer venue is Stade de France, the national stadium of France located just north of the city. With room for eighty-thousand it is one of the bigger stadiums in all of Europe, and hosts not only France’s national soccer team (Equipe de France) but also rugby and major touring concerts.
Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy – usually abbreviated as POPB or Bercy – is an über modern indoor sports complex and stadium that’s used for a wide range of events, including the Paris Masters ATP Tour tennis tournament, basketball, boxing, gymnastics, track cycling, and of course concerts as well.
Another popular multi-use Paris stadium is Palais des Sports which, despite its name, schedules just as many musical acts as it does various sporting events, and is considered by many to be one of the better venues in and around Paris for both acoustics and visibility no matter where attendees sit.
Clearly there are many stadiums in Paris to see, so put down that bottle of wine and drop that cheese and go get yourself to one! Okay…you can bring the cheese…and the wine.