The impact of UEFA EURO 2016 on French stadium development

ESSMA (European Stadium & Safety Management Association) has developed a report on the impact of the UEFA European Championships (EURO 2016) on French stadium development.


The report offers a nuanced view on the French stadium situation before UEFA EURO 2016. The economic impact of the event on the French economy has been documented and ESSMA discusses how the championships acted as an accelerator in the development, construction and renovation of these EURO 2016 stadiums.


The ESSMA study is based on multiple sources. The Rapport Grand Stades EURO 2016, written by the EURO 2016 Commission, indicated why French stadiums were not on par with their competitors and why this formed a threat to France’s sportive competitiveness.


The ex-ante assessment made by the Centre de Droits et d’Economie du Sport (CDES) made some predictions regarding the impact of the event and this was followed up by the report on the economic and social impact of UEFA EURO 2016.



In the ESSMA report, these sources are combined and linked with the ESSMA Summit 2017 panel discussion on stadium development in France with panelists:


  • Xavier Pierrot, Stadium Manager, Parc Olympique Lyonnais (pictured above)
  • Cédric Dufoix, French Professional Football League representative
  • Richard Cacioppo, Transfunctional Projects, French National Rugby League
  • Guillaume Gouze, Administrative Director and Stadium Operations, FC Grenoble Rugby


The CDES report showed that with the total investment, worth €1.7bn, four new stadiums were constructed and five stadiums were renovated.


Read the full report online to get more insights:



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