Strasbourg’s Stade de la Meinau renovation project announced

Populous has been appointed as Lead Architect for the €100m Stade de la Meinau renovation project in Strasbourg, France. Owned by the Strasbourg municipality, the football stadium is the home ground of Ligue 1 club, Racing Club de Strasbourg Alsace.

The design seeks to modernise the existing stadium, bringing it firmly into the 21st century and allowing it to meet all the necessary requirements for hosting major sporting events, such as the French Ligue 1 championship and UEFA Champion’s League games, as well as international games.

The scheme will increase the stadium’s capacity, create new fan spaces and expand the South Stand – improving fan experience and opening significant new revenue streams to the Club. It will also incorporate new environmentally sustainable design features into the building.

Commencing on site in May 2022, the project will be completed in July 2025, and will include:

Increased capacity

Around the ground, the restructuring of the stands, with the addition of new, removable seating tiers, will lower front row seating and bring it closer to the pitch, increasing the capacity of the stadium from 26,282 to circa 32,000.

The West Stand, also known as “The Kop”, will remain primarily a standing terrace.

South Stand expansion

The South Stand expansion will create new fan spaces and operational facilities centred around a glass-fronted five-storey atrium, with new bars, hospitality lounges and two “party decks” – open spaces overlooking the pitch for fans to meet up.


The new South Stand. Images, courtesy: Populous

New fan spaces

The renovation of the North, East and West Stands will enclose the concourses, allowing new bars and food and drink concessions to be incorporated, with a new internal service route connecting the stands.

Outside the stadium, a fan zone will be developed in consultation with the community and the Club’s supporters.


Francois Clement, Senior Principal, Populous, said:

The renovation of La Meinau will bring Racing Club de Strasbourg’s supporters closer to the pitch in an environmentally controlled development. Sustainability has been key to our design strategy and includes an innovative upcycling approach to reuse Airbus A340 fuselages for the main façade sunshade.


The south-east corner, showing hospitality spaces

Environmentally sustainable design

Taking advantage of the renovation strategy proposed by the municipality and the Racing Club de Strasbourg, the amount of demolition works required within the design has been reduced to an absolute minimum.

The project will take significant steps to reduce its carbon footprint and careful attention will be paid to the protection and retention of the local ecology.

Materials from the original building that are removed in the demolition process will be utilised in the construction process for the new renovations, and a suite of new environmentally sustainable design features will be incorporated into the building. These will include:

  • Innovative reuse of 4,400m2 of decommissioned A340 aircraft fuselage sections to create the south façade sunshade
  • Installation of circa 1,000m2 of photovoltaic panels to the roof of the South Stand
  • Rainwater recycling facilities
  • Site connection to a heat network powered by renewable energy (biomass)
  • Passive ice water production facilities
  • Long-lasting LED lights
  • Implementation of an efficient recycling logistics strategy for the building, informed by a detailed operations capabilities study

Find out more on Racing Club de Strasbourg Alsace’s website.

Project Team

Populous Ltd – Project Lead and Lead Architect
Atelier d’architecture Rey De Crecy – Local Architect
OTE ingénierie – Engineering
Otelio – Sustainable development
Maffeis Engineering – Facade consultant
C2Bi – Quantity Surveyor & Site Scheduling and Management
Vanguardia – Acoustics
ME Engineers – Sports Lighting
Cronos Conseil – Security & Safety

West Stand concourse and fan bar

Source & images, courtesy: Populous


Populous is a sponsor for the upcoming ‘hybrid’ edition of ALSD International, which will focus on increasing revenue via new builds, renovations, service expansions & technology, and reopening with confidence. Populous will be discussing the “Future of Hospitality & Interiors” during this industry leading event, being held at the home of current Premier League champions, Liverpool FC’s Anfield Stadium.

The event, which will be delivered as both an in-person and virtual affair, will feature the usual high-level conference, exhibition and networking events, as well as technical tours of Liverpool FC’s Anfield, Everton’s Goodison Park and M&S Bank Arena Liverpool. NB: With the microsite now live, attendees are able to start engaging, knowledge-sharing and networking.

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