PSG Given Approval for Parc des Princes Plans

October 11, 2013

The mayor of Paris, Bertrand Delanoe, has given Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) permission for a major renovation of their home stadium, Parc des Princes, after Euro 2016.

Delanoe signed a letter addressed to PSG President Nasser Al Khelaifi that stated his approval for the stadium to be renovated. The stadium is owned by the city of Paris.  PSG’s owners, Qatar Sports Investment (QSI), are reported to be unhappy with the 45,000 capacity and want a larger arena to match their ambitions for the club. 

Last year, Al Khelaifi told Le Parisien: “Our will is to stay here. The first option is to demolish and then rebuild the Parc on the same site to make it a 60,000-capacity venue. It’s a very ambitious project.”

The stadium will host fixtures at Euro 2016 and the French national team will play there against Australia today. It will be the first France match to take place in the stadium for four years.

The approval from the Mayor does not necessarily mean that the renovation will go ahead however. The stadium is surrounded by residential buildings and an inner-city ring road runs directly underneath it. The mayor will also step down from his position next March and his successor would not be legally bound by his signed letter.