The oldest stadium selected as a host venue for RWC 2023, Stade Geoffroy-Guichard was opened on 13 September, 1931, and has since undergone three renovations, each one ahead of its use at a major football tournament.
France’s rugby players first used the stadium on 24 November, 2001, when Les Bleus ran in 12 tries to beat Fiji 77-10. Six years later, Stade Geoffroy-Guichard — named after the businessman who purchased the land on which it was built — hosted three RWC 2007 pool matches. Scotland appeared in two of those, beating Portugal 56-10 and Italy 18-16, despite conceding the only try of the match.
Samoa and the USA, meanwhile, contested a 46-point thriller and the former will return to play Argentina there in 2023 after qualifying as Oceania 1. Four RWC 2023 matches are scheduled to be played at Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, with Australia, Argentina, Fiji, Italy and Samoa guaranteed to play in the ‘City of Design’.
Capacity : 42 152 seats
From Saint Etienne city centre to the stadium
Line T1 Roger Rocher stop (600m from the stadium)
From Saint Etienne Chateaucreux station to the stadium
Line T3 Stop Technopole (350m from the stadium)
A fanwalk is also in place to reach Saint-Etienne Chateaucreux Station (estimated walking time: 30 minutes)
Public car parks :
For people coming from Clermont : Parking Relais de la DOA (located opposite the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art) - Rue Fernand Léger 42270 Saint-Priest en Jarez. Then take the Tram T1 to the Roger-Rocher stop
For people coming from Lyon: Parking Relais de Méons (exit 14 of the A72) then Fanwalk to the stadium (estimated walking time: 25 minutes)
For people coming from the Haute-Loire: Choice of car park pending validation
Carpooling: No information on this subject
PRM car park: The P8 bis car park and potentially the P8 bis car park located in the immediate vicinity of the stadium will be reserved for PRM. Reservation procedures to be carried out via the France 2023 online ticketing system
Bike parking: A bike locker is located in the immediate vicinity of the stadium (Allée des Frères Gauthier)