Rugby World Cup: Marseille in action

Marseille, the land of ovals. More used to seeing football game, this September and October, the city of Marseille will live in rugby time. Marseille is one of the 10 cities chosen to host Rugby World Cup. Six matches will be played between September 9 and October 15 at the Orange Vélodrome. Each match will attract 60,000 spectators.

The Vélodrome will host a rugby match

If the first match is played at Stade de France, this Friday against France and New Zealand, Marseille take to the field on Saturday… at the Vélodrome. More than a month The Vélodrome Stadium will live to the rhythm of the Rugby World Cup, except for the Pope’s visit to Marseille and the three OM matches. It will take on colors and will be called “Marseille Stadium”.

Here is rugby match schedule :

  • Saturday 9 September, 9pm: England v Argentina (Pool D)
  • Sunday 10 September, 5.45pm: South Africa v Scotland (Pool B)
  • Thursday 21 September, 9pm: France v Namibia (Pool A)
  • Sunday, October 1, 9pm: South Africa v Tonga (Pool B)
  • Saturday 14 October 5pm: 1st quarter-final between Group 1 C and Group 2 D
  • Sunday 15 October, 17:00: Quarter-final 3 between Group 1 D and Group 2 C

Where to see a rugby match in Marseille outside the Vélodrome?

On the occasion of the Rugby World Cup, the city of Marseille opens its doors rugby village. It is available for free from 2023. September 9 until October 15, every Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. He is At the corner of Quai de la Fraternité, Old Port and Canebière. It will offer sports, cultural and recreational activities.

There is no official fan zone during the Rugby World Cup. On the other hand, it will be possible see the match in many bars : O’Malley, Shamrock, Copperbay, O’Brady, Blackstone or Red Lion. HAVE Escale Borely, giant screen will be installed at the initiative of merchants. To Dock villages, place Paul-Ricard, a space was set up to receive supporters. THE SMUC Rugby Clubhouse, Avenue Clot-Bey, will broadcast the game and offer food trucks and music. Free admission and open to all, subject to admission capacity. Monastery13 years olde the campus will also broadcast the game.

How to get around Marseille during the Rugby World Cup?

Bad news… A Saint-Charles station signalmen’s strike movement and TER drivers will disrupt train traffic. “Irresponsible people who want to spoil our pride by hosting the Rugby World Cup!” responded Renaud Muselier, president of the Provence-Alpes-d’Azur region.

On the side RTM, even if the work on the network continues, signs “World Cup” have been installed in the metro stations, indicating the route for fans. A improved service in 2023 during the Rugby World Cup RTM implemented in metro, bus and tram lines.

How to get to the Orange Velodrome?

around Orange Vélodrome, it will be difficult to circulate on rugby match days. If the residents of the area are used to waï on OM match days, a special organization is established during the Rugby World Cup. RTM announced a plan to get to the stadium by public transport.

Traffic and parking are prohibited near the Vélodrome Stadium during the Rugby World Cup. (Photo: FD)

There Marseille Town Hall established traffic and parking plan around the Vélodrome stadium. You can find the plan here. For example, driving will be prohibited on Boulevard Michelet and the side alleys in front of the Vélodrome between 12:00 and 01:00 on match days. Other methods are of concern.

Enhanced security

finally, Security will be increased during the Rugby World Cup in Marseille. “For more than two years, the Bouches-du-Rhône police headquarters has been working hard, together with all partners, to prepare a security system to guarantee the smooth running of this festive and sporting event. is indicated in the press release of the police commissariat this Thursday, September 7. Read this article for details on security measures.

You can find the Rugby World Cup coverage from our editorial offices in Lyon, Paris and Marseille here.

Hubert Gildon

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