Eager to have a sports centre for the 1914 World’s Fair, Lyon’s city hall commissioned Gerland Stadium in 1910.
In setting out his plans, Tony Garnier, the architect, drew inspiration from the stadiums in Rome; Gerland’s four entrances were later listed as historical monuments, in 1967.
For Euro 1984, Gerland Stadium got a makeover: in order to offer a friendlier face to fans, the high fences surrounding the field were torn down, leaving a pit in their stead.
With four 45-meter high projecters lighting the field, the Stadium’s 42 000 fans are sure never to miss a bit of the action.
Gerland Stadium has developed with the times. Today, 265 seats are set aside for the handicapped, while 28 surveillance cameras are present to ensure public safety.