Built as a home for Lille OSC, Stade Pierre-Mauroy was opened in August 2012 and three months later hosted its first rugby match as France beat Argentina 39-22. Lille, meanwhile, was a host city during Rugby World Cup 1991, when the nearby Stade du Nord was the venue for New Zealand’s quarter-final victory against Canada.

Thanks to the ingenious design of the stadium, which hosted UEFA Euro 2016 matches, it can easily be configured for other events as one half of the pitch can be raised to slide over the other. Stade Pierre-Mauroy has consequently hosted three Davis Cup finals, the knockout phase of Euro Basket 2015 and several high-profile music concerts. Five RWC 2023 pool matches are scheduled to be played at the stadium, welcoming France, England, Scotland and Samoa.

Capacity : 50,096 seats