The Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy Stadium in Paris
The Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy is often referred to as just the POPB or the Bercy stadium, and located by the River Seine close to the Parc de Bercy, it is the largest indoor sports arena in France with versatility for many different sporting events along with concerts that are held throughout the year.
About Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy Stadium in Paris
It was back at the start of the 1980s that the city of Paris first decided to have a sports palace that would be located along the River Seine on a large scale to hold major sporting events, but something that would stand out from other stadiums.
Spread over an area of around 55,000 metres squared on the Right bank of the River Seine in an area that was once famous for its wine houses, the architects chosen for the design concept were Michel Andrault and Pierre Parat.
Work started in 1981 and with a very unique and unusual design in a pyramid shape that has walls covered in a sloping lawn, along with a metal framed roof that was designed by Jean Prouve and is supported by four enormous concrete columns, it took around three years to complete and finally open in 1984.
And with an original device for technical applications that was designed and realised for the first time in the world, it meant that the Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy stadium could accommodate a wide variety of lighting effects, sound and special effects, whether it be for shows, concerts or various types of sporting events.
The flexible space of the main arena is suitable for most sports events and can even accommodate water sports, plus with a capacity of up to 17,000 spectators where there are no structural columns to obstruct visibility, this stadium in Paris has become a very popular venue for all types of events and was very technically advanced for its time.
However, times change and with new technologies available, the Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy is going to be getting a major overhaul in order to accommodate up to 21,000 spectators at any one time, along with yet another architecturally ambitious project that will be fully realised by 2015.
This obviously means that even more people can enjoy the atmosphere of a concert, show or sporting event, also the POPB is home to the Paris Masters ATP Tour tennis tournament, plus it is staging the WWE Raw wrestling championships, which were held here in 2008.
There is also a table tennis tournament scheduled for 2013 along with the Coupe de France Basketball and Handball finals and the festival of Martial arts to name a few.
In addition to these sporting events, you could take the opportunity to see concerts with performers such as Johnny Hallyday who has performed here no less than 70 times, Alicia Keys, The Who, Fleetwood Mac that are all live in 2013 along with many others.
Yet the Palais Omnisports Paris-Bercy stadium has played to host to numerous stars that have performed here over the years including Madonna, Phil Collins, Lionel Richie, Celine Dion, Sting, Depeche Mode, etc along with other major sporting events such as gymnastics championships, show jumping, boxing and many more for a varied programme that continues year after year.
Plus there are no less than fourteen different outlets for fast food snacks, sandwiches and confectionary, along with drinks, beverages, ice creams, etc.
Access to the Palais Omnisports Paris-Bercy stadium
For information and booking tickets you can do this well in advance via their dedicated website or through one of the official partners, but there are sometimes tickets available on the day approximately two hours prior, although, this is not a guarantee as many events are complete sell outs well before the day.
Plus being the largest inside arena in France there are many different access doors including the main entrance, gate 27, gates 35 and 36 and door 38, which is also accessible to the disabled via an elevator.
And on an average, doors open between one and a half hours and two hours before the event, just purely because of the amount of people it can accommodate, which allows for easier flow.
So, once inside, you will find that getting to your seat is actually quite straightforward as each access point is assigned a letter of the alphabet, such as the bleachers or balconies that are numbered between A and U. Whereas the Orchestra Pit is numbered V to Z and is accessed via the gate 27 in the direction of the Parc de Bercy.
Now as we mentioned earlier, the Palais Omniports Paris Bercy stadium is located on the Right Bank of the River Seine in the 12th Arrondissement, and is situated at the edge of the Parc de Bercy, which is the contemporary park in Paris. And this park is also home to the restored wine warehouses called the Pavillons de Bercy with the Musee des Arts Forains fairground museum and the Cinematheque Francaise with its world renowned cinema museum and film archives, which are just a few additional tourist attractions in Paris around the Bercy area you can discover while visiting this area.
And even though getting to the POPB is relatively easy by car, parking spaces are limited and it is highly recommended to book a space within the car park at the time you book your tickets, and to make sure you allow plenty of travel time due to the weight of traffic around the area.
However, utilising the public transport in Paris is the far easiest option and in fact, the Gare de Lyon train station is only around 900m away from the Bercy area, but if you are feeling energetic you could always walk along the River Seine to the park and this stadium.
Yet to utilise the Metro, you would need the Bercy stop on either line 6 or 14, or by bus you would need the numbers 24 or 87.
Address and Contact Details
Palais Omnisports de Paris Bercy
8 Boulevard de Bercy
Ile de France
Tel: +33 (0) 1 40 02 60 60
Tourist attractions close by
- Parc de Bercy Park
- Bercy Village
- History of Bercy in Paris
- Jardin Yitzhak Rabin
- The Pavillons de Bercy
- Musee des Arts Forains Fairground Museums
- Maison du Jardinage House of Gardening
- Agence Parisienne du Climat
- Chai 33 Restaurant
- La Cinematheque Francaise Cinema
- Musee de la Cinematheque Museum
- Le 51 Restaurant
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