Bordeaux´s new stadium has been officially inaugurated ahead of its first football match. Ddesigned by Herzog & de Meuron, alongside construction groups Vinci and Fayat, the 42,000-seat arena will host the home fixtures of FC Girondins de Bordeaux as well as select games during the 2016 European football championships. The stadium appears light and open; it is elegant, if such a term can be used for a building of this size since its purity and geometrical clarity inspire a sense of magnanimity and gracefulness. The diaphanous volume of the stadium opens up to the surrounding landscape while the transparency reveals all the energy and activities that will transform this piece of land into a new and vibrant part of the French city.
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