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OL and the Stade Chaban Delmas

Published on the 17 August 2006 à 15:02 by R.B

Earlier known as the Parc Lescure, with a cycling track around the outside of the playing surface, Bordeaux's home ground became known as the Stade Chaban-Delmas in 1998, renovated without the velodrome.

The Parc Lescure (referring to the chapel in the nearby Escure Estate) was inaugurated in 1938 during the French-hosted World Cup. Football, rugby and hockey on the grass... and a number of stages of the Tour de France all graced the Bordeaux arena. For their first match at the Parc Lescure, Lyon lost 6-1 as Bordeaux finished the 1951/52 season in second place while Lyon finished 17th and were relegated to the second division. OL's first draw came in the 1959/60 season, 2-2 and the first win was in 1962/63, 2-1.

The Parc Lescure became the Stade Chaban Delmas in June 1998. OL lost 1-0 (Diabaté) before going seven matches undefeated (3 wins and 4 draws). Sonny Anderson was the star of the three wins, scoring four goals; 2 two in the 3-1 win in 1999/2000; and in the 1-0 win of 2001/02 and in the 1-0 win of 2002/03. Not to forget his strike in the 2000/01 1-1 draw. The 1998 renovations reduced the ground's capacity and the crowd record remains 40,200 spectators for the visit of Juventus on April 24 1985. The current capacity is 34,198. The stadium is listed as an historic monument.

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