Paris Saint-Germain and the City of Paris are at odds regarding the future of PSG’s historic stadium, Parc des Princes. The QSI-owned club want to buy their home, in order to start expansion works.
Currently, the 48,000-capacity Parc des Princes pales in comparison with other European stadiums. Barcelona will start work on their 100.000-capacity Spotify Nou Camp, Real Madrid’s Santiago Bernabéu is nearing the end of its renovation works, and most top English and German clubs are settled in 50,000+ arenas.
But Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo has closed the door on a sale, stating Parc des Princes “is an exceptional piece of heritage for Parisians“, leading all the parties to a stand-off. Last October, PSG celebrated a streak of a hundred sold-out home games.
The PSG management, however, won’t get their wish of playing a 70.000 capacity Parc des Princes, Le Parisien are reporting. The outlet claims that the club have requested several architectural studies and none of them found “the magic formula.” Even worse, a 60,000-seater Parc des Princes also seems impossible. Lowering the pitch can’t be done, because the Paris ringroad is located underneath the Parc. Elevating the stands’ height, thus modifying the stadium’s framework, is impossible too because Parc des Princes is listed in the inventory of historical landmarks. Le Parisien state that the only way to increase capacity would be to alter the grandstands’ tilt, making them closer to the pitch. But by doing so, capacity will hardly reach the 55,000 mark.
According to Le Parisien, PSG is currently pondering another solution : transforming the Parc des Princes into a state-of-the-art arena and increase its hospitality boxes for VIPs. The 5,000-only box seats represent a staggering half of Parc des Princes’ whole ticketing revenue. But leaving Parc des Princes and Paris to build a new, ultramodern stadium, with the desired capacity, is not off the table.
GFFN | Bastien Cheval