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Orange Velodrome: How to get there and how to buy tickets (2022)

After the tournament, it served as a sports stadium for the French National Football Team until it was demolished in 2002.

Velodrome

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Nicole Sommer - Soccer expert Last updated: Monday, 04.July 2022 — 3min read

History and description

The Orange Velodrome, aka the Stade Velodrome, was built to serve as a playing venue for the 1938 World Cup. Soon after it became the new home of Olympique de Marseille after Stade de l'Huveaune had become too small for the club. The Stade Velodrome officially opened on June 13, 1937 with a friendly match between Marseille and Italian side Torino. During the 1938 World Cup, the stadium hosted one first round match and the semi-final between Italy and Brazil (2-1).

The stadium originally had a cycling track as well as a running track circling the pitch. The track remained largely unchanged for the following decades, though the stands gradually extended and ate away at the tracks.

The Stade Velodrome received a refurbishment in preparation for the Euro 1984 Championships, which it hosted one first round group match and the semi-final match between France and Portugal.

The stadium was almost completely rebuilt for the 1998 World Cup, with the new stadium getting its characteristic round-shaped stands. Capacity increased to about 60,000 seats, though some people criticized the lack of cover.

During the World Cup, Stade Velodrome hosted four matches: a first round group game, a round of 16 game, a quarter-final game, and the semi-final between Brazil and Holland (1-1).

Following France being awarded the Euro 2016 tournament, redevelopment plans were presented. Works included the almost complete reconstruction of the two principal stands, minor works on the stands at both ends, and the construction of a roof that would cover the complete stadium, increasing capacity by 7,000 seats. The redevelopment was completed in the summer of 2014.

At the 2016 Euro tournament, Velodrome hosted four first round group matches, the quarter-final between Portugal and Poland (1-1), and the semi-final between France and Germany (2-0).

The stadium was renamed in 2016 following a naming rights sponsorship deal with telecommunications firm Orange.

(photos of the present Stade Velodrome below)

How to get to Orange Velodrome

The Orange Velodrome is located in the south of Marseille, about 3.5 kilometers from the city center and a kilometer more from central railway station Saint-Charles. You can reach the stadium with metro line 2. Catch the metro southbound at Saint-Charles railway station or another stop in the city center (e.g. Noailles), and get off at either Rond-Point du Prado or Sainte Marguerite Dromel (both located near the stadium).

If arriving from the old port area, you can catch metro line 1 and change at station Castellane to line 2. You can find a metro network map here.

If it is also possible to just walk from the old port area to Stade Velodrome, which will take 30-45 minutes. Find your way to the Rue de Rome, a few blocks inland, and turn south. The Rue de Rome turns into the wide Avenue de Prado, which brings you in one line to the stadium. It is a pleasant walk.

Marseille has good train connections with the rest of France. There are frequent direct TGV trains from, for example, Paris, Lyon, and Nice. The journey from Paris takes about 3 hours and 45 minutes. You can book your train tickets in advance through the official SNCF website.

Marseille has its own airport, Marseille Provence Airport, which has good connections and is also serviced by low-cost airlines. The airport is located 25 kilometers north-west of Marseille's center, on the other side of Saint-Charles train station. To get to the airport from the city center, take bus No. 350 or 351 from front of La Bourse department store to Saint-Charles train station and make your way to the airport from there.

Address: 3 Boulevard Michelet, 13008 Marseille

Eat, drink, and sleep near Stade Velodrome

The Orange Velodrome is located in a well-off residential area. There are a several eating and drinking options around, most notably on Avenue du Prado in the direction of the city center. In the old port area (Vieux Port), which is located in the city center, the place to eat and drink is best. Hotel Le Huitième is a budget alternative to the Novotel on Avenue du Prado. It is slightly further away, but still an easy walk. The closer hotel to the centre would be the Meridien Monte Carlo.

If you are interested in staying close to the coast and the beach, the Residence Adagio Prado Plage may be a good option for you. Most people will choose to stay in the old port area or a bit further south near Castellane, though. Both the stadium and city center are easily accessible by foot.

Are there any hotels near the Stade Velodrome in Marseille? There are several options for hotels near the Stade Velodrome if you'd like to explore further options in the city centre.

Marseille Tickets

To purchase tickets to any Marseille game, one can visit the website (operated through Digitick), go to the ticket office at the stadium, or purchase tickets at the OM official store on Rue St Ferréol in the city center. Tickets can also be bought at any of the Francebillet, Ticketnet, or Digitick sales outlets. ticket prices can depend on the match, but expect to pay from $10.00 for a seat behind the goal to between $20.00 and $55.00 for a seat at one of the sides. Prices for high-profile games tend to be somewhat higher, but tickets for low profile matches such as the Europa League can go for even cheaper.

For more information call +33 (0) 892 700 840.

Orange Velodrome stadium tours

The tourist office in Marseille organizes guided stadium tours that include access to the dressing rooms, the press room, stands, and players' tunnel. The tours last about 75 minutes. The schedule for tours is usually up to date online. Tours usually run most days when there are no matches or events at the stadium multiple times a day.

Tickets can be booked online. For more information, please call (+33) 4 86 09 50 34 or email [email protected]

The tour costs ?13.00.

Relevant Internet links

The Olympique de Marseille website is the official website of the club. The Marseille tourism website is the official website of the tourism office. The public transport information website, RTM.fr, provides information on using public transportation in Marseille. The view is fantastic and the architecture is superb. We stopped at a nearby hotel and an hour after sitting outside drinking beer, many thousands of people were still streaming past.

I attended the stade velodrome for Hungary v Iceland in Euro 2016 and I was not disappointed. The stadium was fantastic and the seats were cheap. The atmosphere from 35000 Hungarians was great. I had a great view. The structure was fantastic and the stop in a hotel nearby was helpful.

I have always regarded Marsyllie fans as top supporters, but they did not step up to the plate when it mattered most. There were no away fans! Overall, Marseille is a great place to visit. The stadium is awesome and I would go there again.

I have always regarded fans from Marsyllie as top supporters, but they did not step up to the plate. There were no away fans! Overall, Marseille is a great place to visit. The stadium is awesome and I would go there again.

The design of the stadium encourages people to walk over the seats to get into and out of their places. I also thought that the journalists location was way too high or far from the pitch. They must need binoculars to see the players' numbers. I enjoyed my visit for the recent Groningen Europa match, and I'm glad that only 9,000 attended!

The design of the stadium encourages people to walk over the seats to get into and out of their places. I also thought that the journalists location was way too high/far from the pitch. They may need binoculars to see the players' numbers. I enjoyed my visit for the recent Groningen Europa match, and glad that only 9,000 attended!

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