The ground is well served by the city Metro, with two stops both within good walking distance and well signposted with good walking routes. It cost us 2.20 Euro for a matchday special return from the city, though if you were doing a one way journey, its only 1.50 Euro. The ground is also only a few miles from the city airport.
Stade Pierre Mauroy exterior
Food & Drink
Dont bother inside the ground. Dont sell half the stuff they say they do, then their idea of a chicken panini was a half cold food poisoning on a baguette. The ground has quite a few food outlets opposite the away section, I wouldnt definitely recommended taking in one of these before you go in. There are several hotels next to the ground too, which all have bars they are happy to let fans use.
The centre of Lille the afternoon of the game!
Inside the Ground
Brand new and state of the art, reminded me of a mini Wembley. And all the views are fine too...as long as you dont happen to be next to one of those enormous fences that European clubs are a big fan of erecting next to the away fans. Luckily for us, there was absolutely no steward organisation in the away end at all, with stewards openly telling fans to 'go where they want.' So I spent the whole game stood up at the back so I could see over the fence. Like Wembley, it has a large corporate section situated between the two main tiers of each stand. Also like Wembley, it was half empty for this game.
Blues fans pack the Sud
Lille fans do that really irritating European thing where they have some dullard on a megaphone droning away and getting shouty responses from the rest of the 'Ultras.' No doubt they made more noise than most English grounds do, but whats the point when its so stilted and choreographed? We had thousands there all over the ground. Not as good from us as it should have been.
Lille ultras in the Nord