Stade Roland Garros Tennis Stadium Paris
The Stade Roland Garros Stadium was originally built for the French Internationals and since then has become the famous stadium in Paris that holds the French Open tennis championships and is one of the four stadiums in the world used for the Grand Slam of tennis.
About the Stade Roland Garros Satadium
When you look back at the history of the Roland Garros stadium you will actually find that this was named after a pioneering aviator, but there is much more to this story, not forgetting that the main centre court and the additional large court were also named after specific French tennis players.
Run by the Federation Francaise de Tennis, which is the French Tennis Federation or FFT for short, this stadium attracts millions of spectators from around the world every year who are fans of tennis, and of course, this is mainly due to the fact that they hold the French Open here every year.
However, even though there are the major events held on the two main courts, there are also several other tennis courts that are reasonably priced, which make them accessible to all who want to be able to witness an enthralling game of tennis.
Yet there is far more to the Stade Roland Garros stadium, as you can make a whole day out by experiencing the Tenniseum, which is the first multimedia tennis museum in the world and this museum in Paris is also known as Musee du tennis, Musee de Roland Garros or the Musee de la Federation Francaise de Tennis.
In fact, you can have a guided tour and go behind the scenes to the area dedicated just for the players, see the centre court, which is now known as the Court Philippe Chatrier, learn about some of the history of tennis or the original game of Jeu de Paume, see footage of some of the most epic games, discover some of the tennis rackets used by famous tennis players and much more.
There is also a giant LCD screen of 74 metres squared, which shows the live tennis from 10am every morning along with the current scores for each game being held and the highlights from the previous day, so you will never miss a thing.
Shopping and Eating
As you would expect, there are also shops that supply a variety of different merchandise including specialised and technical tennis equipment, clothing and shoes, plus there is even one stand that has on sale the actual tennis balls which were used during the French Open tournament along with many others supllying souvenirs and practical items like caps and umbrellas.
Yet who could contemplate having a day out at the Stade Roland Garros without having something to eat out in Paris and there is a wide selection of places to choose from including mobile catering stands and a snack outlet called l’Epicerie that offers sandwiches, salads, wraps and even sushi.
Les Jardins de Roland Garros is the restaurant in Paris located at the stadium and offers a wide range of terrines, grilled meat and fish to name a few delights on offer, not forgetting tempting desserts and pastries.
However, you also have the Macaroons and Cocktails, which is a bar with a chic lounge that is equipped with plasma screens so you will not have to miss any of the on court action as you enjoy a refined atmosphere and a refreshment break with alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages accompanied by themed macaroons.
Access to the Stade Roland Garros stadium in Paris
The Gates to the stadium always open at 10am every day, which is also one hour prior to the start of the first tennis match of the day on match days and the stadium doors close 45 minutes after the last tennis match of the day.
The grounds at the stadium cover an area of around 8 hectares and the nearest area for parking is actually over 500m away, plus there are no escalators or moving walkways on the grounds and some of the seats are quite high up in the stands, so if you have reduced mobility, please do bear these points in mind.
However, for those that are severely disabled, there is a drop off point in front of Gate 1 Suzanne-Lengen, which can be utilised on prior arrangement with proof of disablility and the seats need to be booked and arranged well in advance.
When you are travelling to the stadium via Paris Metro the nearest stop is Michel-Ange Auteuil on line 9 or the Michel-Ange Molitor is also on the same line. But via line 10 the nearest stop is the Port d’Auteuil or you also have the station called the Boulogne Jean-Jaures, which is actually closest to Gate 1 that was renovated in 2011 to allow even better access to the grounds. Yet when you are travelling back into the heart of Paris, the easiest metro station to negotiate is the Michel-Ange Molitor on either lines 9 or 10.
There are also several buses in Paris that will get you close to the stadium including numbers 32, 52, 97, 123, 241 and 260. But you will also be pleased to know that during the tournament season, which is from the last week of May to the second week of June, there is a free shuttle service that offers non stop transport between the entrances and the car parks and metro stations.
In addition to this, there will be two temporary ranks for taxis in Paris that will operate specifically during the tournament and these can be found at the corner of Avenue Gordon-Bennett and Boulevard d’Auteuil on the Boulogne side and another at the corner of Avenue Gordon-Bennett and Avenue de la Porte d’Auteuil on the Paris side of the stadium.
Tickets can be purchased directly online at their official website and range in cost quite considerably depending upon what court you decide to watch a tennis match and also what category of seat you choose, but on an average, they range in cost from around €20 up to €150 as of 2013.