In yellow and back
Rugby spirit since 1986 !
Founded in 1986, Atlantique Stade Rochelais is a rugby union club who currently compete in the highest league, the Top 14. It was after the 2013/2014 season that the club made its big comeback to the Top 14 after having beaten Agen in the final. The club managed to stay in the Top 13 and launched its 2020 project “Writing our history”. Stade Rochelais, is now ready to step up as France’s star rugby club.
A loyal fan base!
The home matches are a must see when you are in La Rochelle! Although they are often sold out. They have a loyal fan base which has won the “Trophée du meilleur Public” (Best Fan Base Award) several times for their continuous support in going to see the players at Stade Rochelais. Now yellow and black can be seen everywhere and not just on match days. Loads of crests and flags are hung in the windows of bars which are known to be where all the fans go in the La Rochelle area. Tag along to experience the lively atmosphere on match days in La Rochelle!
Stade Marcel Deflandre
A real fortress of yellow and black, the Stade Marcel Deflandre can be found in the Port-Neuf district and spans over 40,768m², two pitches and four stands, which equates to a capacity of 16,000. The name of the stadium pays homage to Marcel Deflandre, a president of the club who was shot by the Germans in the war.
A stone’s throw away in the La Corniche bar, which is known for its terrace overlooking the sea and the Phare du Bout du Monde, you will be able to soak up the atmosphere before and after the match! Before the match you can find both of the teams there, chanting, before making their way to the stadium in the heart of the crowd. Afterwards, whether they are happy or miserable, they discuss every detail of the match over a coffee or a drink*.
Go and see them train!
At the heart of the French rugby world
Since 2018, the staff have let you watch the first team train, which either takes place on the secondary pitch or the main pitch at Marcel Deflandre. It is free entry.
You can see the calendar here : ici
Watch the match in a bar
Loads of La Rochelle’s bars show the Stade Rochelais matches on the TV and you only need to walk along the docks and near the Vieux Port to quickly identify the bars where all the fans go! To name but a few there is La Renommée on Avenue Charles de Gaulle, Le Famous Pub at Quai Duperré, Mac Ewan’s on Rue de la Chaine… and loads of others ! Note that the seating is snapped up quickly...
*Alcohol abuse is bad for your health consume in moderation.
How can you come ?
- 27 avenue du Maréchal Juin, 17000 La Rochelle
You can join directly the stade in the parking or go to the city center et take the bus.
Take the ligne 6 (Place de Verdun - Le Mail - Port-Neuf - Mireuil - Lycée Vieljeux) et 7 (Place de Verdun - Port-Neuf - Chef de Baie - Périgny) from monday to saturday and the D1 the sunday.
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