|Address||24, Rue du Commandant-Guilbaud, Paris, France|
|Club||Paris Saint-Germain Football Club|
|Architect||Roger Taillibert and Siavash Teimouri|
|Average Attendance||46,930 (Season 2017 – 2018)|
|Record Attendance||50,370 (France v Wales, 18 February 1989)|
|Stadium Cost||€125,000 (redevelopment in 1972)|
|Who is the owner of Parc des Princes?||Paris City Council|
|Pitch Size||105 m x 68 m|
|Where is Parc des Princes located?||48°50′28.9998″N 2°15′11.001″E|
Parc de Princes was built in 1897 but the last major redevelopment took place in 1972. Back then, it had been one of the most modern venues in Europe. No wonder that Paris hosted so many important football matches in the 20th century. Among the most incredible features of the stadium are the 50 concrete columns supporting the monumental ring-shaped roof.
When Paris Saint-Germain was founded in 1973, Parc de Princes immediately became the new club’s home. Decades later, it remains a nice football venue and the fans of PSG regularly pack it creating a lovely atmosphere of the real football festival. In fact, the club’s owner is currently considering the idea of the stadium’s redevelopment. The number of PSG fans is constantly growing and Parc de Princes isn’t any longer the premium world-class venue it used to be forty-something years ago.
The bowl-shaped Parc de Princes has four sections including Tribune Auteuil (North stand), Tribune Boulogne (South stand), Tribune Paris (East stand), and most importantly Presidential Tribune (West stand).
The categories of seats are listed below:
- Premium seats of the Presidential Tribune;
- Category 1 seats located at the longside stands of the stadium (Tribune Paris and Presidential Tribune);
- Category 2 seats located at the longside stands and in the corners;
- Category 3 seats located at the shortside stands (Tribune Auteuil and Tribune Boulogne, the ground’s most passionate stand).
The stadium hosted quite a few European Cup finals and important international matches, including the battles of the Euro 1984, the World Cup 1998, and the Euro 2016 championships. Before 1998, when Stade de France was opened, Parc de Princes used to be the number one football venue in Paris. It’s not any longer the best stadium of the French capital but there is a potential to expand and upgrade it in the nearest future.
Buying tickets in a foreign country can be a quest – especially when it comes to a high-profile match. Keep in mind that PSG regularly sells out tickets. Therefore, it’s recommended to book them in advance. StubHub is a perfect timesaving solution which can help you to buy tickets to any event at Parc de Princes much easier and often at a reasonable price. But if you do it in advance, the other ways to get tickets should be available. They include:
- Paris Saint-Germain’s official website;
- Phone 3275 in France;
- PSG box office at Parc des Princes.
Tickets prices usually range from €35 to €150 depending on the location of the seat. Prices get increased when the game status is high.
In Paris, a traveller really has a countless number of accommodations to choose from. Booking.com will help you to find the best and the most convenient deal in no time. This service has proven its convenience and reliability so I always use it on my football trips. Below you’ll find the list with some of the nicest hotels near Parc des Princes.
- Hôtel De France – is located less than 4 miles away from the ground in a wonderful area with plenty of bars and restaurants. The soundproof rooms can be as cheap as £51 which is an excellent deal in such a convenient part of the French capital.
- Résidence Aurmat – is located within walking distance from the venue. It’s self-catering accommodation which is fully equipped and costs £90. The metro lines 9 and 10 are nearby. Therefore you’ll have quick access to the main attractions of Paris.
- Hotel Paris Boulogne – is a 25-minute walk away from the ground. And of course, you can easily get from there to Parc des Princes using the bus or metro system. The night costs £100 in this friendly and cosy hotel.
- Exelmans – is a very atmospheric hotel located within walking distance from the stadium of PSG. The night costs £102 there. It features a lush garden and some nice convenient rooms with city and garden views.
- Villa Escudier – is situated half a mile away from Parc des Princes. This gorgeous villa features spacious rooms and enjoyable atmosphere. The area of Paris where it’s located is calm. You’ll need to spend some time in the metro to get to the major attractions but the Boulogne station is very close. They charge £160 per night.
- Molitor Paris – is a superb hotel with rooms priced at £257 per night. You’ll enjoy its stunning design, an enormous swimming pool, luxury rooms, and the most convenient location for every football fan planning to visit Parc des Princes.
- ibis Styles Paris – the price of this hotel is £161 including a fantastic breakfast. It’s located just several dozens of steps away from the football ground. The metro station, numerous bus stops, restaurants, pizzerias, McDonald’s, a supermarket, and other handy spots can be found nearby.
- Radisson Blu Hotel, Paris-Boulogne – if you can afford to pay £204 per night, this business hotel is one of the best picks within walking distance from Parc des Princes. Enjoy the views of the Eiffel Tower, a wonderful restaurant’s terrace, and very professional service.
How to get to
The stadium is situated in the south-west of Paris, only about 6 miles from the city centre. Therefore, getting from anywhere in the French capital to Le Parc is quite easy and convenient. There are multiple transportation options you may use for this purpose.
By Metro – there are several metro lines that can bring you almost directly to Parc des Princes. Line 9 has the metro stop Porte de Saint-Cloud which is only minutes away from the ground. This line goes to Paris’ centre and has multiple connections with the other lines. At the same time, line 10 connects the venue with the south bank of the river Seine. The closest stop to the stadium on that line is Porte d’Auteuil.
By Bus – Porte de Saint-Cloud located approximately a 5-minute walk from Parc des Princes is also served by several bus lines. Among them are the lines 22, 62, and 72. If you want to get to Porte d’Auteuil, you should take one of the following bus lines: 32 or 52.
By Car – there are many ways how you can get to the stadium of PSG by car. The best scenario is to use SAT NAV or Google Maps and search for the ground’s address, which is 24, Rue du Commandant-Guilbaud, Paris, France.
By Plane – Paris is served by two main airports including Charles de Gaulle (CDG) and Orly (ORY). The first one is 17 miles away from the centre of the capital of France, while the second one is only 10 miles away from the centre. Both of them are conveniently connected with the heart of Paris, from where you can easily get to Parc des Princes by the transport options mentioned above.
It’s never easy to find a car park near the second largest football stadium in Paris, especially on an important game day. However, there is always a solution. The approximate matchday paid parking price near the sports venue in Paris is €22 per 8 hours.
Eating out nearby
There are so many great eateries in Paris that you’ll be able to make lots of delicious discoveries during each day of your stay in the city. If you want to dive into Paris through food, I have some recommendations for you. Among the things that you must try are baguettes, French cheese, oysters, and falafel. For dessert try the local chocolate, salted butter caramel, eclairs, croissants, and macarons.
Pubs, bars & cafes
- Aux Trois Obus – is a popular pre-match pub and brewery located a 5-minute walk away from Parc des Princes. Don’t expect high-level cuisine there because this place mostly serves fast food and beer. A big terrace and loud atmosphere of the football fest are the main reasons to visit this spot.
- Café les Fontaines – this comfortable and calm place is also situated only a 5-minute walk away from the ground. They serve delicious meals and the service is quick. They also have beer from their own brewery.
- The Frog & Princess – surprisingly, there are not so many good pubs and bars around Parc des Princes. But if you don’t mind to spend 30 minutes in the metro and get to the city centre, you’ll be able to enjoy this amazing microbrewery. They have an awesome tap list, some great burgers, and the atmosphere of happiness.
- Molitor’s Rooftop – only works during the warm months but it’s worth to pay a visit. Their menu is based on fresh seasonal products and you’ll enjoy a fantastic city view. It’s located at the roof of a swanky hotel, just a few steps away from the ground.
- Marius – is a very special place located next to the football stadium. The personnel are fantastic and they would greet you thrice even before you take off your coat. They have a lovely terrace which can be too cold in winter though. The atmosphere is calm and it’s a perfect spot for a family dinner. They serve great fish and other seafood.
- Chez Madeleine – is located less than half a mile away from the venue. If you love Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisine, this place will amaze you. There are plenty of awesome dishes on their menu including vegetarian and vegan options.
Things to see at the stadium
As was mentioned above, the home ground of PSG has a rich history and it hosted a great number of top-notch football events in the past. Parc des Princes has the potential to become the country’s best stadium in future if the club’s owners from Qatar invest their big money into the stadium. At the moment, there is not much to see at the stadium, except for the football battles, of course.
The football ground of Les Parisiens used to hearten their supporters and random tourists with the stadium tours costing only €10. However, those tours are not being run any longer. Most probably, they will be launched again as soon as the stadium is upgraded.
Paris Saint-Germain’s shirt sales skyrocket each time the club signs another superstar. If you are one of the fans who urgently needs the beanie with PSG crest, socks, or anything in between you should definitely go to the club’s fan store. It’s located just near the ground and its name is Paris Saint-Germain Megastore. Alternatively, Boutique Officielle du PSG is located 5 miles from the ground at 27 Av. des Champs-Élysées. And of course, the foreign supporters of PSG would rather shop online at the club’s online store.
Things to do in Paris
If it’s your first time travelling to Paris, I hope you have booked enough days to experience this magnificent city in multiple ways. The options are almost unlimited so your must-see list will largely depend on what you are actually interested in. Paris has to offer numerous concerts, sports events, and shows, amazing museums, art galleries, architectural masterpieces, shopping spots, parks, gardens, and much more.
Bus tours are extremely popular in many European cities and, of course, Paris is no exception. While it’s certainly a fun way to explore countless places of interest in the French capital, there is something else the tourists often miss. Seine River hop-on hop-off cruises are just as affordable as the classic double-decker bus tours and they can be extremely fun. Romantic Seine River dinner cruises are also highly recommended.
- GetYourGuide – book the tours.
Top 3 places to visit
Musee de l’Orangerie – is one of the finest museums in Paris with breath-taking murals. If you like impressionist art, don’t miss your chance to visit the museum’s basement. There you’ll find some of the most artistic works – the rare gems from the legendary masters including Monet.
Notre-Dame de Paris – is one of the symbols of the French capital and an incredible pattern of Gothic architecture. Enjoy the inspiring exterior and interior details, pray, and certainly walk up to the top of the Cathedral to see the bells.
Seine River – the river flows from east to west of the capital of France dividing the heart of Paris into two parts. Seine boat and yacht tours, therefore, give a different perspective and some new views of the city’s major attractions, such as romantic bridges, monuments, and the Eiffel Tower. Walking along the Seine River is also always a wonderful idea, especially at night.