PSG to enter bidding process for the Stade de France

Will PSG move from their historic Parc des Princes home to the Saint-Denis-located Stade de France ? It’s possible, according to a report from L’Équipe. The outlet reports that Les Parisiens will enter the bidding process for the period starting from July 1, 2025. The 80,000-seater, which hosted the infamous 2022 Champions League final, is owned by the French State and currently managed by a consortium bringing together Vinci and Bouygues, whose concession ends on June 30, 2025. The Stade de France’s price is estimated at around €600m, without taking into account renovation works.

Surprisingly, FIFA are also looking to take over the Stade de France. FIFA president Gianni Infantino would like to own a stadium this large in order to hold premium games or host national teams whose countries do not possess modern grounds. Although FIFA have denied such claims to L’Équipe. The Stade de France might even host the games of the upcoming revamped Club World Cup. L’Équipe report that PSG will probably be in the running too to buy the ground that was first purpose-built to host 1998 World Cup games. Now, the Stade de France is mostly used to host France’s national teams, both in football and rugby union, as well as the Coupe de France and Top 14 (French rugby championship) finals.

PSG and the City of Paris are in a standoff regarding the future home of Les Parisiens. PSG would like to buy the Parc des Princes in order to oversee expansion works, but the City of Paris, who own the ground, have closed the door on a potential sale of the 48,000-seater. So, PSG are looking to move out of the capital in search of a site for a new large and modern stadium to be built. Legends, the sports company that PSG have mandated to find a new site for their stadium, have enquired on the possibility of converting the Stade de France, where the stands are quite far from the pitch, into a “real football ground.

GFFN | Bastien Cheval

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