Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo has made it clear that she backs Paris Saint-Germain’s plans to extend the Parc des Princes after Euro 2016.
In an interview with Le Parisien on Friday, the mayor of Paris showed its support for an expansion of the Parc des Princes, which hosts the home games of the champions of France.
While the club’s president Nasser Al Khelaifi has already stated his ambition publicly to see the club’s stadium extended beyond its current 45,000 capacity.
This expansion plan is expected to match the plans of wealthy owners Qatar Sports Investments (QSI) to establish the club at the summit of the European game.
The Parc des Princes is an all-seater football stadium located in the southwest of Paris, France. The venue, with a seating capacity of 48,712 spectators, has been the home of French football club Paris Saint-Germain since 1973.
The Parc des Princes is the fourth largest football stadium in France. Today, Paris Saint-Germain lives well in too little cocoon in its hometown, compared to other European heavyweights with which PSG claims to be fighting.Le Parc was an Olympic site in the 1900 Games of the II Olympiad and hosted games in two FIFA World Cups.
The stadium has also been the venue for two Euro finals, three UEFA Champions League finals, two UEFA Cup finals, one UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup final, two Latin Cup finals, four USFSA championship finals, one Coupe Sheriff Dewar final, 33 French Cup finals, three League Cup finals, 30 Tournoi de Paris editions and 31 Top 14 finals.
Residents around the Parc des Princes have consistently opposed plans to make the venue bigger, but Hidalgo, 55, believes the club requires a grander stage on which to play.
“The atmosphere in the Parc des Princes is great — it’s like a cauldron, but it needs to be made bigger. The scale of the Parc des Princes is too restricted for big European games. We need a 60,000 capacity Parc, and we’ll still be below the Camp Nou in Barcelona or the Santiago Bernabeu in Madrid,” said the mayor.
If the development plan really worked out, The Ligue 1 Champions would then be able to earn more money and financially compete with Europe’s biggest sides, at less risk of violating financial fair play rule. “The Parc des Princes is not big enough for big European matches. We are working on several scenarios together with the architect of the Parc, Roger Taillibert,” added Anne Hidalgo.