"Exciting opportunity" - New stadiums confirmed for the 2024 Six Nations - Ruck

“Exciting opportunity” – New stadiums confirmed for the 2024 Six Nations

The venues for France’s home fixtures in the 2024 Guinness Six Nations have been officially announced. Marseille, Lille, and Lyon have been selected as the designated destinations for these matches.

Due to the upcoming 2024 Summer Olympics set to take place in Paris, mostly at the Stade de France, Les Bleus will be departing from their traditional home for the first time in the history of the Six Nations.

The tournament will commence with France facing Grand Slam winners Ireland at Marseille’s Orange Velodrome on Friday, February 2.

Following a visit to Scotland in the second round, France will return to their home soil for the third round to confront Italy, this time at Lille’s Decathlon Arena. Subsequently, they will travel to Wales before hosting England in the final match of the Championship at Lyon’s Groupama Stadium.

Although primarily used for football, all three stadiums will also serve as host venues for the upcoming World Cup in France.

Lyon (Parc OL)

Capacity: 59 000
Date of construction: 2016
Events hosted: European Cup rugby finals 2016; 2016 European football championships

Lille (stade Pierre-Mauroy)

Capacity: 50 000
Date of construction: 2012
Events hosted: Davis Cup final 2014, 2017; 2016 European football championships; 2015 European basketball championships; 2017 world handball championships

Marseille (stade Velodrome)

Capacity: 67 400
Date of construction: 1937 (last renovation in 2014)
Events hosted: 1960, 1984, 2016 European football championships; 1998 Football World Cup; 2007 Rugby World Cup; 2017 Top 14 semi-finals

2024 Six Nations fixtures confirmed with blockbuster opener

The 2024 Guinness Six Nations fixtures have been confirmed, with the five rounds of rugby’s greatest annual international Championship set to kick off on Friday 2nd February, with France hosting Ireland.

The Guinness Six Nations occupies an incredibly special place in the sporting calendar, with fans anticipating its return each year. With the 2023 Championship underway, fans can already start to look forward to its return the following year, with a set of fixtures that promise drama, world class sporting entertainment, and unmissable experiences for fans all over the world.

Through its comprehensive broadcast coverage, the 2022 Guinness Six Nations amassed over 119 million live viewers. Six Nations Rugby is committed to delivering fans the best possible access to all the action, and in 2024, host broadcast partnerships will play a vital role in taking fans inside the Championship.

In the UK, BBC and ITV will share coverage, with S4C offering Welsh language options. France Television will be the home of the Championship for French fans, RTE and Virgin Media will once again cover the games in Ireland. In Italy, broadcast coverage of the Championship is set to be confirmed soon. The host broadcast coverage will also be complemented by widespread international broadcast coverage and a World Feed service.

Commenting on the 2024 Guinness Six Nations fixtures, Ben Morel, CEO of Six Nations Rugby, said:

“A constant of the Guinness Six Nations is the drama, unpredictable storylines, and rivalries playing out over five unmissable rounds of fixtures. This is what drives the sheer excitement fans have for this great Championship.

We see it every year when the fixtures are confirmed. Fans, media, and players are talking about the games, the rivalries and debating the results. Thanks to our comprehensive broadcast partnerships and coverage, we can bring every moment of the Championship to fans all over the world, and it is exciting to help fans look forward to what is in store for 2024.”

2024 Six Nations fixtures