The story of the Jean Bouin Stadium

Welcome to the page dedicated to the history of the Jean Bouin Stadium!


New home of Paris-Saint Germain Féminines and temple of French rugby, discover what makes the Stade Jean Bouin so unique, as well as the events that have forged its history over the years.


Before becoming a rugby ground and hosting the Stade Français meetings in particular, the Stade Jean Bouin, named in homage to the French Olympic athlete, was built in 1925 as the main venue for the Société Générale Paris Athletic Club.
It was in the 1930s that the structure was to host the Stade Français Paris, a rugby club currently in the Top 14, and even athletics meetings thanks to facilities dedicated to these two practices. By hosting Parisian track and field meetings until 2007, the Stade Jean Bouin has witnessed some of the world's best performances, such as the world record at the 6-meter mark by pole vaulter Sergueï Bubka.
At the same time, during this same period, the Parisian stadium became definitively associated with the Stade Français Paris. Thanks to their great ambitions and the fervor of their supporters, the capital club undertook several renovations of the Stade Jean Bouin, which was then not living up to its status, which led the club to play several times in other Parisian stadiums.


In 2010, a major renovation involving the destruction of more than half of the stadium allowed Stade Français Paris to obtain a 20,000-seat professional rugby stadium with four stands ("Présidentielle", "Paris", "Parc des Princes" and "Gilardi").

During the 2016-17 season, soccer will make its big comeback in the rugby temple thanks to the Saint-Ouen club, Red Star FC. If the Audonian club decided to return to its historic stadium, it opened the way for another club, the Paris Saint-Germain. Since 2018, the players of the Parisian club have made their home at the Stade Jean Bouin in order to become part of the history of this emblematic structure and of women's soccer as well.


Built by the architect Jacques Lambert, the Stade Jean Bouin has been renovated several times, including more recently between 2010 and 2013 under the leadership of the architect Rudy Riciotti, known internationally for the construction of the Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilizations (MUCEM) in Marseille.
Rudy Riciotti took the decision to structurally differentiate the Jean Bouin Stadium from the Parc des Princes Stadium, located about twenty meters away. To do so, he created a more refined structure with a facade made of a fine concrete mesh with a wavy, curved surface that is broken down into several thousand triangles. This innovative structure makes the Jean Bouin Stadium a recognizable and unique enclosure.
In addition to its structure, the stadium aims to be respectful of the environment with the presence of 2,800 m2 of photovoltaic panels used for the lighting of the structure.

PSG at Jean Bouin

The organization of certain Paris Saint-Germain Féminines matches at the Jean Bouin stadium demonstrates the club's desire to develop the Red and Blue's team in a stadium that lives up to their ambitions.
Despite the history of the Parisian stadium, strongly linked to the history of rugby, Marie Antoinette Katoto and her teammates are determined to continue to shine near the Parc des Princes with the unfailing support of their supporters.