The Stade Vélodrome is a 60,013 capacity stadium in Marseille, France. It is the home of Olympique de Marseille football club of Ligue 1 and was also a venue in the 1998 FIFA World Cup. It is the largest club football ground in France. The stadium is also used regularly by the French rugby union team.
The record attendance for a club game at the Stade Vélodrome was of 58,897, for a UEFA Cup semi-final against Newcastle United in 2004. The stadium also featured as a Football World Cup venue when the 1938 finals were held in France. The first ever match to be played was between Marseille and Torino in 1937. There are plans to increase the capacity to 80,000 and build a roof to cover all four stands, plans that are contingent on a possible sale of the Football Club.
In 1935 The architects and Pollack Ploquin are designated to build a stadium in Marseille. Henry Ploquin who has designed three years earlier Stade Municipal Gingham projects to the Olympics and provides for Marseille in addition to stage a sports center. For economic reasons, only Stade Velodrome will be realized. The 28 April 1935 The foundation stone was laid by the Velodrome in Marseille Mayor, Dr Ribot, on a site located between downtown and suburban areas of St. Giniez and Sainte-Marguerite On military grounds of the City.
The Velodrome Stadium was inaugurated on 13 June 1937. On this occasion played a friendly match between the Olympique Marseille and Italian of Torino FC which ends with the score of 2 to 1 for Olympians.
The 29 August 1937 The second day of France national football championship is taken to the OM toAS Cannes. This is the first official football match at the Velodrome.
The Stade Velodrome is so aptly named, cycling competitions will be organized. Over the years, the bleachers replaced the bike path along the ground. This less and less common over the years, remains famous for the fans of Marseille football this track slope that extends the bleachers served giant slide to the latter to invade the pitch at the end of games.
The OM is very long hostile to the Stadium, the “stage of the City Council. For fans of the Olympians between the wars, the real point of the OM is Stadium Huveaune Property of the OM and whose construction was financed by the stands the fans in the early 1920s. The war put an end to this problem, because at the end of the conflict, OM no longer owns the Stadium Huveaune. Seeking support from the City of Marseille, hitherto absent, Chairman Marcel Leclerc back on the war in the late stages 1960 by redoing the play OM Huveaune. The City Council gives in and accepts the OM then move to the Velodrome.
OM shares the stage during the 1970s with the club Rugby the city, Marseille XIII Rugby League.
1998 World Cup The Stade Velodrome was completely renovated for the 1998 World Cup seeing its capacity increase from 42 000 to 60 013 seats, or 32 miles of bleachers. The Velodrome hosted the final draw which took place on 4 December 1997, the first time the final draw was held in an outdoor venue, as well as seven matches including France’s first match vs South Africa, the Quarterfinal between Argentina and The Netherlands, and the Semifinal between Brazil and The Netherlands.
The record attendance for a football game (58,897 spectators) dating back to the reception Newcastle United semi-final return UEFA Cup, May 6, 2004 (2–0).