Every stand in the Parc des Princes tries to make the most noise with flags and fireworks to shout PSG to victory: “Allez Paris-Saint-Germain!” The PSG stadium is a national monument of France and our Stadium of the Week.
Parc des Princes is a stadium with an innovative architecture, perfect acoustics and an intense atmosphere during matches. Paris Saint-Germain has the most supporters of all clubs in France and the Parisians are very fanatical. At PSG matches, the singing comes from all corners, because there is a different supporter group on each of the four stands. The Ultras throw a party behind one goal and the fanatical fans behind the other goal sing their own songs. Sometimes they sing together or take turns. It creates an electric atmosphere, unique to experience.
Park of the French royal family
Two other stadiums have previously stood on the site of the PSG stadium. The first Parc des Princes was opened in 1897 in the sixteenth arrondissement of Paris. There was a park used by the royal family, who gave the area the name Parc des Princes tot he stadium. In 1932, the stadium was replaced by a larger one with space for 38,000 visitors and a covered stand. Here games were played for the World Cup of 1938 and finishes of the Tour de France were organized.
The current Parc des Princes was built from scratch and opened in 1972. For that time it was an innovative stadium with lighting systems in the roof and great acoustics, which earned the stadium the nickname “The box of sound”. All supporters sit within 45 meters of the field and have an excellent view of the match. The outside of the stadium is made of concrete and is supported by large concrete posts, the ribs of the stadium.
Until 1998, “Le Parc” was the national stadium of France. The Coupe de France finals were played here, as well as some European club finals. In 1984 “Les Blues” became European champions here by beating Spain in the final. In 1998 it was one of the stadiums for the World Cup for men and in 2019 for the World Cup for women.
From Ligue 2 to Neymar
Paris Saint Germain played its first game in this stadium in 1973. In this promotion match, the club won against city rival Red Star, after which PSG captured a place in Ligue 1. At the highest level, the club from the French capital became national champion twice until 2011. In that year PSG was taken over by Qatar Sports Investments and now there are nine titles on the honors list. The new owners have invested heavily in PSG and bought major players such as Javier Pastore, Zlatan Ibrahimović and Neymar. PSG won all four national prizes twice in a row in 2015 and 2016.
New reality for the fans
For the 2016 European Championship, the Parc des Princes was expanded to 51,000 seats. Two rows were added to the stands and more sky boxes and luxury places were added. The dressing rooms were also renovated to offer the top players of the best facilities. In the future, PSG wants to expand the stadium to 60,000 seats in order to become even bigger as a club.
A new reality has arrived for the fans of PSG. On the historic grounds of Parc des Princes is a modern stadium, in which top players like Neymar show their skills. PSG’s investors have great ambitions. The club wants to competie with the biggest club in Europe every year and pursues the highest goal: to get the Champions League trophy to Parc des Princes.