Live Nation & OL Groupe Develop 16,000-Cap Arena In France

Live Nation and OL Groupe have partnered on the new Lyon-Décines Arena.
– Live Nation and OL Groupe have partnered on the new Lyon-Décines Arena.

Live Nation and Olympique Lyonnais Groupe have today signed a long-term commercial agreement around a new 16,000-capacity entertainment venue in Lyon, France, scheduled to open at the end of 2023. 

Currently dubbed Lyon-Decines Arena, the new building will be located on the OL Vallée site, where it’ll stand next to the Groupama Stadium with a capacity of almost 60,000.
Live Nation has worked with OL Groupe since Groupama Stadium opened in 2016, delivering concerts and international tours by the likes of Rihanna, Coldplay and Ed Sheeran. 
It will also book the new Lyon-Décines Arena under the agreement with OL Groupe. The partners intend to bring 80 to 120 events to the venue each year.
The 16,000-figure is the standing capacity for concerts. During sporting events, the modular arena will offer space for 12,000 spectators.
“The Arena will be equipped with three stands facing the stage, and a fourth removable one for use during sporting events. The space will also host eSports events, which will complement the programme of sporting events scheduled in the Arena,” according to the Oct. 15 announcement.
The partners, Live Nation and OL Groupe, believe, that “Lyon-Decines Arena and the events it hosts will drive economic benefits to the local community, through jobs, tourism, hospitality, and more,” and “will put Greater Lyon back on the circuit of major international music events.”
Angelo Gopee, Live Nation MD in France, commented, “France is a country that lives and breathes music and entertainment, and we’re proud to bring a new arena to Lyon that will make it front and center for live entertainment by opening up a whole new touring market.”
Jean-Michel Aulas,  OL Group CEO, added, “This agreement with one of the world’s leaders in musical entertainment is a long-term one and breathes life into the OL Valley Arena project. We are extremely honoured to have Live Nation alongside us, enabling our city to welcome high-quality international stars who will draw in spectators not only from Lyon but also from the surrounding region and beyond.”