SPEAKER PREVIEW: A ‘Premier League Stadium’ for the most British of French football clubs
Monday, April 09, 2012
Delegates at TheStadiumBusiness Summit 2012 will be treated to an exclusive insight into one of France’s leading new stadium projects this May; Le Havre AC’s “Grand Stade de la CODAH”.
And in Turin, Le Havre AC’s CEO Alain Belsoeur will join the speaking line-up in the Drawing Board session on Day 2 of the main Summit programme to showcase the project to the global stadium industry.
“Le HAC is strongly attached to its British roots, having been founded by British citizens in 1872,” explains Belsoeur. “Our colours of light blue and dark blue were also inherited from the Cambridge and Oxford Universities.”
“In this context, when the idea of building a new stadium became a project, it was clear that it should be a British-type stadium, with fans as close to the players as possible.”
The landmark design – which will see the venue enveloped in a pixelated ETFE shell – features no barriers or fences; with only an 80cm high wall separating the front row of seats and the pitch.
“I look forward to presenting the project at TheStadiumBusiness Summit,” continues Alain. “And showing why the new Le Havre stadium sets the target for all new stadia in the country, in view of EURO2016!”
“We are delighted to welcome Alain to the speaking programme in Turin,” commented Ian Nuttall, founder of TheStadiumBusiness Summit. “With the build-up to UEFA’s EURO2016 tournament, the French market is of great interest to our sector. This is the primary reason for presenting the entire main summit conference in French this year – in addition to English and Italian.”
“We have already confirmed attendance from leading French stadium projects such as Le Havre, Stade de France as well as many of the country’s top suppliers, such as Vinci, AP2S and the stadium management training centre of CDES.”
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Images: Courtesy of Le Havre AC / SCAU / KSS.
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