Allianz Riviera opens its doors


23 September 2013

Allianz Riviera opens its doors

It was with their eyes still full of stars that the 35,000 Côte d'Azur spectators who attended the inauguration on Sunday, September 22nd, woke up this morning. Flashback to an historic day :

From 12 noon, hundreds of spectators began to crowd onto the parvis of Allianz Riviera, curious and enthusiastic a few hours before entering the venue. "What a vast amount of work completed in 761 days," they said.

The Town of Nice, OGC Nice, Nice Eco Stadium and Allianz Riviera turned this day of rest into a festive occasion to be enjoyed as a family. Shots at goal and make-up workshops helped to shorten the wait. When the spectators had settled down on the 35,000 seats designed, like the stadium, by the Cabinet Wilmotte & Associés, the stands were revealed : Garibaldi, Ray, Ségurane and Sud. The red-and-black tifo set the tone for the ceremony. A cry rang out. All eyes were raised to the sky, to see a royal eagle dive down to the central circle, welcomed as was fitting by Christian Estrosi, Xavier Lortat-Jacob, Jean-Pierre Rivère, Eric Ciotti, Jacques Richier, Adolphe Colrat, Jean-Michel Wilmotte and Mattéo, the Gym's young mascot.                                                                                      The crowd had hardly got over its excitement when they were treated to a "mascieta", an impressive firework display set to music. Then everything began to speed up : the "capo" in the South stand set off the henceforth famous "clapping", taken up in unisson by a crowd in raptures. In top form, Claude Puel's Aiglons (Little Eagles) inflicted a 4-0 rout on Valenciennes. So many unique moments ! Super Dario, who introduced his daughter to the public, Bosetti who dedicated his first goal in League 1 to the supporters, the stadium lit up by the final firework display. Today, no-one's talking any more about the end of the Ray Stadium nor the work on Allianz Riviera, but about the start, in due pomp and ceremony, of a magnificent adventure.

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