Parisians will submit a purchase application for Stade de France.
As Paris Saint-Germain battles to acquire their Parc des Princes home from the city of Paris, the Ligue 1 leaders seem ready to focus on other venues.
Tonight, the club will submit an application to purchase the Stade de France. The 80,000-seat national team stadium in Saint-Denis, directly north of Paris, according to L’Équipe.
The club wants to increase the capacity of the Parc des Princes to increase matchday revenue. That is the club’s top priority. President Nasser Al Khelaifi wants to host a Champions League final in Stade de France. For such outcome needs 60,000 seats but their current home only has 48,500.
The Vinci-Bouygues consortium currently owns the Stade de France, and their concession expires in 2025. The stadium’s owner, the French state, issued a request for proposals in March to find the venue’s next operator. PSG will be the only club to bid, with FIFA, investment funds, and entertainment companies also interested.
Parisians conducted studies that show the stadium will still be able to host football and rugby national team games, a requirement set by the state. The sale, which would necessitate a vote by lawmakers to delist the building, could also result in the club reducing the capacity to 70,000 and moving the stands closer to the pitch.
Parisians wants to buy Stade de France for Championship ground
On Friday, PSG declared its interest in purchasing the Stade de France, the centerpiece of the 2016 Summer Olympics.
The largest stadium in France, with 81,500 seats, has been put up for auction by the French government in an effort to find a buyer for a price of about 600 million euros ($635 million). The stadium’s current lease expires on July 1, 2025.
PSG’s announcement comes after a previously unsuccessful attempt by the club’s Qatari owners to purchase the Parc des Princes from the Paris City Council so that it could be expanded.