Stade Bollaert-Delelis


* Address: Avenue Alfred-Maës, Lens
* Country: French Republic
* Capacity: 38,000
* Opened: 18 June 1933
* Main use: Football
* Tenants: RC Lens (football)

Extra stadium info – Stade Bollaert-Delelis

The Stade Bollaert-Delelis is used for several events, like concerts, football, religious gatherings, rugby league and rugby union. It hosted matches for the European championship for national football teams, FIFA World Cup matches and Rugby World Cup matches. The first-ever match of the European championship for national football teams at the stadium was won by Belgium in 1984. The national football team of Denmark won the first-ever FIFA World Cup match at the venue in 1998. In 1999, the national rugby union team of the Argentine Republic won the first-ever Rugby World Cup match at the Stade Bollaert-Delelis.

Racing Club de Lens use the stadium for home games. The club was founded in 1906. RC Lens broke their record attendance at the Stade Bollaert-Delelis in 1992, when 48,000 fans attended a French top-flight league match against Olympique de Marseille. RC Lens won the game against the first European football champions from the French Republic 2-1. Racing Club de Lens won the French football championship, one of the first sports leagues with 1 million followers on its main social media page, in 1998 for the first time in their history. They drew an average home attendance of 27,000 in that top-flight football league season.

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