History

Stade Grimonprez-Jooris has always been the Lille Olympique Sporting Club's (LOSC) home-court since 1975. But when they started playing at European Competion the stadium did not fit the Union of European Football Associations' (UEFA) standards. Plans for developing stadium to meet UEFA's standards has been brewed. So the LOSC took Stade Lille-Métropole as their temporary home-court. Several, controversies and court-battles halted the redeveloping of Stade Grimonprez-Jooris. So instead of redeveloping their previous home-court the club focused on making a new stadium at a new site located near Stade Lille-Métropole. Thus, the Grand Stade Lille Métropole was built.

The Stadium

Aside from hosting sports events, the Grand Stade Lille Métropole is capable of hosting other non-sporting activites. Equipped with a Boîte á Spectacles feature, half of the arena's playing field can rise above the other. It gives room for concerts and smaller indoor sports. It also has a retractable roof which can be opened or closed in a span of 30 minutes. Aside from its 50,186 seating capacity pride, the stadium itself is proudly green. Being furnished with two wind turbines and solar panels, the stadium utilizes sustainable energy to ensure its electrical supply


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