The redevelopment of the Stade Vélodrome and its surrounding areas is a project that also includes the renovation of the Stade Delort stadium.
Located between the Stade Vélodrome, the entrance to the metro line to the north and the Huveaune River to the south, the arena extends over a large part of a former wastewater treatment plant.
The City of Marseille decided to, in parallel to the Stade Vélodrome work, also renovate Delort Stadium, with the aim of turning it into the home of a tenant rugby club, all the while continuing to make it available to other sporting disciplines and to schoolchildren. These changes will reinvigorate this area of the town, grouping together the Stade Vélodrome, the Palais des Sports and Delort Stadium.
The future Delort Stadium’s features will include:
- A rugby field with natural grass (as opposed to the synthetic turf currently in place), which meetsTOP14 and Rugby PRO D2 (top and second divisions of French rugby) competition standards
- An athletics track around the pitch
- 3 covered stands with a total capacity of 5,000 seats:
The stadium capacity could quickly be increased to hold 15,000, if necessary
- 450 parking spaces spread across two zones (east and west)
All Delort stadium activities will be managed by the City of Marseille.