11th March, 2023
Paris Saint-Germain has confirmed they will submit a bid to buy the Stade de France.
The Ligue 1 champions said they would “explore alternative options” for their home stadium in January after Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo said the Parc des Princes – owned by Paris City Council – was not for sale.
A club spokesperson told AFP “we are candidates” to buy the Stade de France, which has been home to the France national team since opening in 1998.
A consortium of French companies, Vinci and Bouygues, holds the lease for the 80,000-seater stadium, with any potential buyout set to take place after 2025.
PSG’s reported alternative option would be a “renovated” Parc des Princes – their home since 1974 – on which they completed a € 75 million upgrade over three years after extending their lease in 2013 to 2043.
The club would be willing to commit an additional €500million towards further renovations, but only if they owned the stadium, while another possibility may see them build a new venue located outside Paris.
PSG are eight points clear at the top of Ligue 1 but were knocked out of the Champions League following their last-16 defeat by Bayern Munich in midweek.