During an enjoyable case of work commitments and personal interests converging, I was recently given a sneak preview of the nearly-completed stadium, and visited the venue in the company of two delightful members of the “SBA” staff. I thought the outing deserved a blog entry, so here it is!
The first message is believe the hype: the stadium really does look good. The arena has been designed so that spectators are as close to the action as possible, replicating the tried-and-tested format of stadiums in England. Despite its greater capacity, the new stadium feels more compact than its predecessor, Stade Chaban-Delmas. Everything is neutral pristine white, other than a handful of the 42,000 seats which are light shades of grey; so the fexible match-day (or concert-night) colour schemes will be achieved through the use of lighting, temporary banners, flags, perimeter fencing, video screens and the like. Behind the scenes though, the navy blue of principal tenants, les Girondins de Bordeaux, is very much on show.
|The view in 2012 when the stadium was still an "invisible" subject, and the view in April 2015.|
|The glass viewing panel above the players' tunnel, and Alain Juppé's seat.|
|Looking out from the very top of the stands, and a radio/TV commentator's view.|
|Big job, small lawnmower.|
|The windy concourse.|
- Find it on the Invisible Bordeaux map:
- Stade Bordeaux-Atlantique
- Big thanks to Marie-Caroline Chenut for the visit! For full information about hosting corporate events at the stadium, see this page: www.nouveau-stade-bordeaux.com/entreprises/1171-evenements.html
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