Euphoria at the Orange Velodrome stadium

If there's one thing that's no laughing matter in Marseille, it's football. The Orange Vélodrome stadium is one of the most important monuments in the city's landscape, and some Marseillais have a real cult following for football and their favourite team, Olympique de Marseille. On match nights, the stadium is filled with a vibrant and passionate crowd, so much so that before the stadium roof was built, you could hear the fans from miles around. Whether you like football or not, you won't hesitate to attend a match to get a taste of the excitement. You can also go there to see concerts or simply to visit the backstage areas of the stadium and enter places that are usually off-limits to spectators, such as the changing rooms or the pitch. It's a unique visit that the whole family will love!

The Orange Vélodrome stadium in Marseille.

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The history of the Orange Vélodrome stadium

Before the Orange Vélodrome stadium was built, Olympique de Marseille's official stadium was the Stade de l'Huveaune. In the 1920s, in the wake of the Paris Olympic Games, the City of Marseille was keen to develop its sports infrastructure. A project for an Olympic stadium and a sports hall was put forward in the run-up to the 1938 Football World Cup.

In the end, only the stadium would see the light of day, due to a lack of sufficient financial resources: the foundation stone was laid on 28 April 1935. Work lasted more than two years, and the Vélodrome stadium was inaugurated on 13 June 1937 on the occasion of a major sports day featuring an athletics meeting, a cycle race and a football match between OM and Torino.

Inside the Orange Vélodrome stadium.

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As the renovations progressed, the cycling track was removed, but the stadium retained its name of Velodrome. Bleachers were regularly added and, more recently, a roof. Since 2016, the stadium has been known as Orange Vélodrome as part of a naming operation.

Why and how can I visit the Orange Vélodrome stadium?

To experience the Orange Vélodrome stadium like a true Marseillais, you need to attend an Olympique de Marseille match! In the stands, the atmosphere is as electric as it is festive as the players battle it out on the pitch. There's a lot of singing, shouting, laughing and complaining too... It's an experience you should have at least once in your life, even if you're not particularly keen on football. The Orange Vélodrome stadium also hosts other events such as concerts and festivals. In all cases, the stadium remains a place to get together and celebrate.

Olympique de Marseille supporters.

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It is also possible to enter the Orange Vélodrome stadium outside match days or events thanks to the OM Stadium Tour. On a self-guided tour, visitors can go behind the scenes of the stadium and immerse themselves in the history of Olympique de Marseille. They can walk on the pitch, enter the players' changing rooms and admire the club's main trophies, while discovering a wealth of anecdotes and original content about the Orange Vélodrome stadium and its team. It's an experience not to be missed by any football fan!

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Practical information for the Orange Vélodrome stadium

Whether you're attending an Olympique de Marseille match, a concert or just visiting the stadium on the OM Stadium Tour, don't miss out on a trip to the Stade Orange Vélodrome during your weekend in Marseille! A match lasts around two hours, so allow a little over an hour for the OM Stadium Tour.

📍 How do I get to the Orange Vélodrome stadium?

Located in Marseille's 8th arrondissement, the Orange Vélodrome stadium is well served by public transport. To get to the Jean Bouin and Virage Nord stands, you need to take metro line 2 and stop at Rond-Point du Prado station, while spectators in the Ganay and Virage Sud stands should continue to the Sainte-Marguerite Dromel stop. A large number of buses also serve the area. Please note that there are very few parking spaces available for personal cars and scooters on match days!

The entrance to the Stade Orange Vélodrome.

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⏰ Schedules for tours of the Orange Vélodrome stadium: the OM Stadium Tour

It is possible to visit the Stade Orange Vélodrome every day from 10am to 7pm during the summer season, except on match days or when there are events inside the stadium. Visits are also open during the school holidays, from 10am to 12pm and 1.30pm to 6pm every day. The Orange Vélodrome is closed to visitors at all other times.

👛 OM Stadium Tour prices

  • Full price: €18
  • Under-26s: €15
  • Under 12s: €12
  • PRM: €12
  • Family price (2 adults + 2 children under 12): €48

To find out all the prices and book your ticket online, go directly to the official Orange Vélodrome stadium website.

Visit the Orange Vélodrome stadium with the OM Stadium Tour Marseille

Visit the Orange Vélodrome stadium with the OM Stadium Tour

Discover all the secrets of the Orange Vélodrome stadium and Olympique de Marseille with this immersive tour.

A few tips for your visit

  • On match days, spectators in the Virage Sud have a reputation for being quite noisy and excited, which may not be ideal if you want to bring the family or just watch the game in peace.
  • There are often traffic jams throughout the city on match days or events at the Stade Orange Vélodrome, so avoid travelling by car on these days.
  • Whether it's for the OM Stadium Tour or to attend an event, the Stade Orange Vélodrome is fully accessible to PRMs.
  • Megaphones, smoke bombs, firecrackers and explosives are not allowed inside the stadium.
by Faustine PEREZ
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