By: Abiodun Oyekanmi
The 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup kicks off in France on June 7. It will be the twentieth edition the competition. Twenty-four qualified teams, including the Super Falcons of Nigeria will compete to win the title. Fifty two matches will be played across the following nine host cities: Paris, which will host the opening match, Reims, Valenciennes, Le Havre, Rennes, Grenoble, Montpellier, Nice, where the 3rd place match will take place and Lyon, which will host the Semi-Finals and the Final.
As the Super Falcons prepare to compete for qualification from the group stage where they have been seeded with host France, South Korea, and Norway.
Let’s take a look at the three stadiums the Super Falcons group stage matches are scheduled to take place.
Stade Auguste-Delaune will entertain the Super Falcons match opener against Norway on the 8th of June.
Originally known as Municipal Stadium de Reims or Stade Velodrome, it was opened on the 2nd of June 1935 with a ceremony conducted by French President Albert Lebrun with a then ground breaking 18,000 capacity which made it one of the largest stadiums in the country.
It’s current capacity is 21,029 following its redevelopment in 1955. The ground has been graced once by the French women’s national team, when Les Bleues defeated Norway 1-0 in a friendly back in June 2013.
And it presently serve as home ground to Ligue 1 outfit Stade de Reims.
STADE DES ALPES
On the 12th of June, the Super Falcons will lock horns with South Korea in Grenoble, France.
Stade des Alpes is a rugby and football stadium with a seating capacity of 20,068 and hosts the home games of Grenoble Foot 38 and the FC Grenoble rugby and football club.
The stadium opened on the 15th of February with a match between Grenoble and Clermont (2-0). It had come at a cost of €88 million. It is best known for its characteristic design, and in particular its transparent swelling roof structure.
In their final crunch group-stage game against host France on the 17th of June, Stade Rennais FC home ground Roazhon Park located in Rennes, France will play host to that.
Roazhon Park, better known as Stade de la Route de Lorient, officially opened on 15 October 1912 with a match between Rennes and Racing Club de France (0-4). Stade Rennais had moved to the new ground after their previous ground on the south bank of the river Vilaine had flooded several times.
The stadium has a seating capacity of 29,778. It has hosted France men’s and women’s national football team matches. And will host six matches in the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
The Super Falcons faces Norway in their opening match on the 8th of June by 21:00 (WAT)