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ArcelorMittal supplies steel for the Euro 2016 football stadium in Bordeaux

ArcelorMittal’s sites in France, Luxembourg, and Spain are supplying steel for the Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux  in the southwest of France, a new stadium which is to be home to the town’s Girondins de Bordeaux football club. The construction of the 42,000-seat stadium is expected to complete in April 2015.

ArcelorMittal is supplying 4,200 tonnes of steel beams in S275 and S355J0 grades manufactured in the mills in Luxembourg and Spain and 500 tonnes of tubes produced in Spain. The company is also supplying 70,000 m² of steel for the interior trim, including the giant perforated canopy in ArcelorMittal’s Frequence® roofing profile produced in the Haironville plant in France. The canopy will protect the crowd against the elements as well as serving as a sound insulator. In addition to this, 20,000 m² of Cofraplus® open-rib composite floor decks produced in Strasbourg, France will be used in the flooring.

Unique design for a ‘green’ environment

The frame of the new stadium will be made of 12,000 tonnes of steel – twice the amount used for the Eiffel Tower. Steel will be used for the structure of the north and south stands, the framework of the upper tier, the roof structure, and the majority of the cladding – including the underside of the upper terraces and all of the roof supports and roof covers. The use of steel in the structure substitutes the more conventional use of concrete, resulting in significant weight reductions. Built with a rectangular roof sloping inward, the new multifunctional venue includes 644 round steel columns (up to 37 metres tall) that mimic trees in a forest. The stadium was designed by the Swiss firm Herzog & de Meuron.

‘’ArcelorMittal is a major player in the construction sector thanks to its wide range of products and solutions used for both the structure and the frame of major buildings such as the Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux. The company offers many innovations to satisfy the construction sector’s new technical and aesthetic requirements’’ said Hervé Bourrier, ArcelorMittal France CEO, on a recent visit to the stadium construction site.

The stadium is one of ten venues hosting the UEFA EURO 2016 football championship in France. Located between a man-made lake and the Garonne river in north Bordeaux, it will replace Stade Chaban-Delmas – venue for games at the 1938 and 1998 FIFA World Cups – as home for the Girondins. Four group stage games and one quarter-final are planned to be played at this stadium at EURO 2016.

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