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New Bordeaux stadium

ArcelorMittal provided steel for the New Bordeaux stadium, the first French stadium with a frame entirely made of steel. ArcelorMittal Europe was chosen by France’s leading metal construction company - Castel & Fromaget – as the main supplier for this project.

Beams from Spain and Luxembourg

Designed by the Swiss design firm Herzog & de Meuron to welcome 42,000 spectators, the New Bordeaux stadium is elegantly light, with a rectangular roof sloping inward and supported by 644 round steel columns up to 37 metres tall. The construction project required:

  • 4,200 tonnes of steel beams in S275 and S355J0 grades manufactured in the mills in Luxembourg and Spain
  • 500 tonnes of steel tubes produced in Spain
  • 70,000 m² of steel for the interior trim including the giant perforated canopy in ArcelorMittal’s Frequence® roofing profile produced in the Haironville plant in France
  • 20,000 m² of composite steel floors (Cofraplus® 60) produced in Strasbourg, France for the flooring

“The new Bordeaux stadium shows that steel is an endless recyclable material that offers more technical, esthetic and innovative possibilities than concrete thanks to its resistance and its weight”, said Hervé Bourrier, CEO of ArcelorMittal France.


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An iconic display for ArcelorMittal

The new Bordeaux stadium features a structure that is unique in France, made of steel, renowned for its extreme lightness. It is the first time in France that a stadium has been built using such a large proportion of steel.

The use of steel in the structure of the New Bordeaux Stadium replaces the traditional and almost exclusive use of concrete and enables a significant reduction in the weight of the building. The weight saving results in a reduction of foundations, enabling time and cost savings.

“With concrete, we couldn’t have made this stadium as spectacular or iconic. German tour operators want to include the stadium in their offer to promote Bordeaux”, declared Dominique Fondacci, president of Stade Bordeaux Atlantique, the company that builds the new stadium.