Stade Chaban-Delmas
Stade Chaban-Delmas is a sporting stadium located in the city of Bordeaux, France. It is the home ground of FC Girondins de Bordeaux. Until 2001, the stadium's name was the Stade du Parc Lescure. That year it was renamed after politician Jacques Chaban-Delmas, who was the mayor of Bordeaux from 1947 to 1995. First built in 1930 as a cycle-racing track, in 1935 it was reconfigured to accommodate the upcoming 1938 Football World Cup. It was the first stadium in the world to have stands entirely covered without any pillars obstructing visibility of the playing area. Classified as a historic building, its restoration has been difficult, as its roof does not cover seats built after 1984 on the old cycle track. The current seating capacity of the stadium is 34,462, following a series of expansions of the stands, in particular for the 1998 FIFA World Cup. A record 40,211 spectators were in attendance on 24 April 1985 to watch a match between Girondins de Bordeaux and Juventus. In preparation of several matches that were held here for the 2007 Rugby World Cup, two giant television screens measuring 37 m² were installed. The tunnel connecting the locker rooms of the players to the ground is the longest in Europe (close to 120 meters).

1938 Football World Cup
The "Council Stadium" at the time accommodated two matches for the 1938 FIFA World Cup: a quarter final and the match for third place. At the time the stadium's capacity was 25,000 people.
  • Brazil 2”“1 Czechoslovakia ; (Quarter Final)
  • Sweden 2”“ 4 Brazil ; (match for third place)

1998 FIFA World Cup
The stadium accommodated five pool matches and a match for the finals in the 1998 FIFA World Cup.
  • Italy 2”“2 Chile : 11 June 1998 (Group B)
Spectators: 31,800; Goals: Vieri (10th), Salas (45th, 49th), Baggio (85th PEN)
  • Scotland 1”“1 Norway : 16 June 1998 (Group A)
Spectators: 31,800; Goals: Flo (46th), Burley (66th)
  • Belgium 2”“2 Mexico : 20 June 1998 (Group E)
Spectators: 31,800; Goals: Wilmots (41st, 47th), Garcí­a Aspe (55th PEN), Blanco (62nd)
  • Saudi Arabia 2”“2 South Africa : 24 June 1998 (Group C)
Spectators: 31,800; Goals: Bartlett (19th, 90th PEN), Al-Jaber (45th PEN), Al-Thuniyan (74th PEN)
  • Argentina 1”“0 Croatia : 26 June 1998 (Group H)
Spectators: 31,800; Goal: Pineda (36th)
  • Romania 0”“ 1 Croatia : 30 June 1998 (Round of 16)
Spectators: 31,800; Goal: Å uker (45 + 2nd PEN)

2007 Rugby World Cup
The Stade Chaban-Delmas hosted four matches during the 2007 Rugby World Cup. Pool B
  • Canada 12 ”“ 12 Japan : 25 September 2007
  • Canada 6 ”“ 37 Australia : 29 September 2007
Pool D
  • Ireland 32 ”“ 17 Namibia : 9 September 2007
  • Ireland 14 ”“ 10 Georgia : 9 September 2007

Top 14
  • Every year the Stade Chaban-Delmas holds a semi-final for the Top 14 Rugby Competition.

Public transport
  • The stadium is served by the Bordeaux Tramway Line A. Station: Stade Chaban-Delmas and bus n° 9.

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