What to do, where to go and what to see in Lille at Euro 2016Warm and friendly Lille in northern France is rich in history and tradition. The Red Bulletin reveals how to enjoy the city during EURO 2016
Lille, unfriendly? Not at all. The northern city in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais-Picardie region was so successful in reimagining itself that it was named European Capital of Culture in 2004. Grouped together with neighbouring Roubaix, Tourcoing and Villeneuve-d’Ascq as the European Metropolis of Lille, this is a changing and dynamic region.
Contrary to the clichéd image, the Lillois are warm and open people with a great sense of fun—especially during carnival time. As the Enrico Macias song goes, “les gens du Nord ont dans le cœur le soleil qu’il n’ont pas dehors” (The sun may not be shining, but northern people have the sun in their hearts).
The Stadium: Pierre Mauroy stadium
12 June 21:00
Germany vs Ukraine – Group C
15 June 15:00
Russia vs Slovakia – Group B
19 June 21:00
Switzerland vs France – Group A
22 June 21:00
Italy vs Republic of Ireland – Group E
26 June 18:00
Round of 16 – WC vs 3A/B/F
1 July 21:00
Quarter Final – W38 vs W42
Instead of heading straight for the Fan Zone at Place François Mitterrand and on the lawns of Parc Henri Matisse—where you can watch all the Euro 2016 matches on the big screen—take a detour and explore some of the attractions of the city centre.
First, the Grand-Place is the pride of Lille and a favourite meeting spot. From there, continue on to the charming old town, Vieux Lille, with its narrow cobbled streets and small squares. A short walk will take you to the stunning wooded paths that lead to the ramparts of the Citadelle along the Deule.
The Grand Stade de Lille Métropole (renamed Pierre Mauroy stadium) was officially opened in 2012 and is the home of LOSC Lille. The club has the distinction of being the winner of the first ever professional football championship in France in 1933. The 50,000-capacity stadium was designed with both the players and fans in mind and tt has given the club a major reputation boost, and has also had a positive impact on the region as a whole. In a nutshell, it’s the jewel in the region’s crown.
- City Population: 228,652
- Region: Nord-Pas-de-Calais-Picardie region
- Stadium: Pierre Mauroy stadium
- Local Team: LOSC Lille
- Capacity: 50,000
- First Match: 12 June 21:00
- Fan Zone: Place François Mitterrand
The best places to go for a drink, snacks and to watch the match in good company