New Zealand, Japan and Fiji are among the teams that will take to the pitch at Toulouse Stadium at the next Rugby World Cup this autumn. As in 2007, the Pink City will host several matches of this competition. And the Occitan metropolis intends to take the opportunity so that "it is not just a sporting event but something popular," according to the mayor of Toulouse and president of Toulouse Métropole, Jean-Luc Moudenc.
D-100 of the launch of the French World Cup, he announced this Tuesday the organization of about fifty events throughout the Toulouse agglomeration. "We want to federate sports and economic actors, traders... ", says the mayor, citing in particular a rugby tournament bringing together the clubs of the metropolis on June 10 in Quint-Fonsegrives or the establishment of the Fan Embassy, an information and gathering point for supporters, near the Capitole metro at the end of June.
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Traditional events, such as the Toulouse Rugby Festival, on June 2 and 3 or WateRugby from June 29 to July 2, will also be in the colors of the World Cup. "This will also be the case for Toulouse Plages, from July 22 to August 28, which will have a rugby connotation, with the opportunity to learn about beach rugby," adds Jean-Luc Moudenc. A set of events grouped under the label Toulouse, Terre de rugby.
The largest Rugby Village in France
The banks of the Garonne will also be the location of the Toulouse Rugby Village, "the largest in France", according to Laurence Arribagé, elected in charge of sports. This space, on the Prairie des Filtres, will accommodate up to 40,000 people in various areas. A 95 m2 screen is planned in the Fan Zone, limited to 30,000 people, while a 45 m2 screen will be installed in a relaxation area, more family-friendly, which can accommodate 10,000 people. Rugby pitches and games will also be set up, as well as a reception area reserved for businesses. For this Rugby Village, the Metropolis and the City have invested 2 million euros out of a total of 5.7 million devoted to the various activities.
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An amount that should be added to the 6.3 million euros spent to bring the Toulouse Stadium up to standard, including an expansion of the field or the deployment of wifi. The community has also agreed to maintenance work, including the repair of the roof, for 5 million euros.
€6.3 million was needed to bring the Stadium up to standard. The final work, including the widening of the field, has just begun, after the end of the season of the TFC.
50,000 foreign fans are expected in Toulouse for this World Cup. The economic benefits are already estimated at 30 million euros for this exogenous public, whose stay is between 3 and 4 days. A large contingent of Japanese, between 7,000 and 13,000, should land in the Pink City which hosts the base camp of the Brave Blossoms, the national selection quarter-finalist on its land in 2019. It will benefit from the facilities of the Stade Toulousain.