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Six Nations: Stade de France guide

Six Nations France
by BBC Sport (U3702819) 19 January 2007
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Stade de France

Location: Stade de France, Paris, France
Capacity: 80,000
France v Wales, Saturday 24 February. Kick-off 2000 GMT
France v Scotland, Saturday 17 February. Kick-off 1530 GMT

With the Six Nations fast approaching, we are looking for your help in giving us a flavour of what makes watching rugby in Paris so special.

Please help your fellow fans with your top tips for match day.

How do you get tickets? Where's the best place to sit? Have you got any favourite rituals? What are your best memories of Stade de France?

We're also looking for your lowdown on the best watering holes and restaurants, and we're after handy travel tips or any other cultural advice for a Six Nations weekend in the French capital.

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posted Jan 23, 2007

Im off to the France v Scotland game,just wondering if anyone can tell where are the good places to go after the match?

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comment by lyonsajh (U862998)

posted Jan 23, 2007

bar around the ground are cool, but v v crowded! got to ask yourself one question, do u want to wait to take the RER or get crushed taking it with everybody!!

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posted Jan 24, 2007

Stade De France is Awful!

I went there with my Bro on that wonderful day in 2005, when Wales won and were well on their way to a heady Grand Slam.

It is a athletic-cum-sports stadium and not set up for rugby at all. I paid a fortune for seats that were on the 22 metre line, and found that I was miles away from the action.

The crowd are boring and look daggers at you if you sing. Blowing a horn senslessly is OK.

It is stuck out of Paris with precious little in the way of bars or accomodation or anything nearby. If you have to go there, be sure to soak in everything around the Gare Du Nord then just trot out there with a powerful pair of binoculars near kick off time. Take food with you, booze and a French phrase book.

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comment by lyonsajh (U862998)

posted Jan 29, 2007

That because its not built for rugby, because in France they do play other sports!!!!! lol

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comment by Stewart (U1675364)

posted Feb 2, 2007

How long does it take to get from the stadium from the main train station on the metro ?

Thansk for any help

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comment by lyonsajh (U862998)

posted Feb 2, 2007

5 mins max from RER to Stadium

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posted Feb 4, 2007

I've got to agree with rogerhuwjones, Stade de France isn't great for watching rugby - you can see well enough but you are a long way from the pitch. Not a patch on the Millennium Stadium

As for pubs around the ground, forget it - get out of the stadium and back into town. Every time I go up for the France-Wales game, pre-match is around Gare du Nord (Bar des Belges for example) then hop on RER B or D to Stade de France. It will take about 20 minutes from Gard du Nord then abut 5/10 minutes walk (allowing for burger vans and drinks stands). Might take more time on a busy match day.

After the match, back on the RER to town. Frog and Rosbif is not bad if you like that kind of thing (junction of boulevard Turbigo and Rue St Denis, Metro station Etienne Marcel on line 4). I have a mate who likes O'sullivans at 1 boulevard Montmartre (metro station Grands Boulevards, lines 8 and 9). There used to be a good atmosphere in rue princesse (station Mabillon on line 10) but that was when the matches were played at Parc des Princes. Rue de Lappe around Bastille is full or bars, restaurants and tapas places.

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posted Feb 9, 2007

England v France at Twickenham, Proper match, proper Stadium.

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posted Feb 16, 2007

I was at the Welsh match in 2005 and although we got to the stadium 40 minutes before kick off we eventually got in just as the teams were running out. So. get there early!

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posted Mar 2, 2007

Further to my earlier comment I also went to the game last week and discovered lots of bars at Basilica St Denis which is 1 stop after the Stade de france metro. This was ideal for watching the Scottish and English defeats and is only 5 minutes walk from the Stade.
As for getting in, this year we sailed through the turnstiles withouit any delays!

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