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What you need to know about SAINT-ETIENNE for the rugby World Cup 2023

Saint-Étienne, the Cité du Design

Welcome to Saint-Étienne, a city rich in history, culture and design, nestled in the heart of the Loire department, in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region. Nicknamed the « City of Design » for its international reputation in this field, it is now one of the host cities for the prestigious Rugby World Cup. The fascinating contrast between the city’s industrial heritage and its contemporary commitment to design and innovation makes it a unique setting in which to celebrate this global tournament.

Saint-Étienne’s journey from an industrial town to a dynamic city of design and culture mirrors the resilience and strength of rugby. Like the sport it hosts, this city has shown determination, courage and creativity to reinvent itself and position itself on the international stage.

The Geoffroy-Guichard, nicknamed the « Cauldron », is the city’s legendary stadium, and one of France’s most emblematic stadiums. This is where the players will compete for the coveted title. Renowned for its bubbling atmosphere and fervor, it promises an unforgettable experience for spectators lucky enough to attend these matches.

This guide aims to help you navigate this exceptional city during the Rugby World Cup. Whether you’re a devoted rugby fan, a sports enthusiast, or simply a curious traveler, Saint-Étienne has a lot to offer. Between matches, take the opportunity to discover the city’s cultural and architectural gems, sample the local cuisine, explore the designer boutiques or simply soak up the warm, friendly atmosphere.

Get ready for an exciting stay in the Cité du Design, and enjoy the excitement of the Rugby World Cup in Saint-Étienne!

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