Sports & leisures
Lyon, city of sports
The former Capital of the Gauls is today a major sports city with many opportunities to offer.
Lyon boasts 6 teams that play at the highest level of their sport:
- The Olympique Lyonnais (OL- football team) with Stade de Gerland stadium and soon the new Stade des Lumières stadium, which will host the Euro 2016 football tournament. OL grabbed everyone’s attention at the start of the 2000s by winning 7 consecutive titles as Champion of France. OL also has one of France’s best women’s football teams, and Lyon will host the Women’s Football World Cup in 2019.
- Lou Rugby, the Pro Division 2 champions in 2013. Lyon’s rugby team will play in France’s elite league, the Top 14, during the 2014/2015 season.
- The ASVEL basketball team, whose president is Tony Parker, plays in France’s elite PRO A league. It has made the people of Lyon proud by winning the French league title 17 times.
- As well as Lyon Basket Féminin, the city’s women’s professional basketball team, ASUL Volley in the PRO A volleyball league and the Lyon Hockey Club in the Magnus league.
Amateur and advanced runners can take part in any of the city’s races, including Run In Lyon (in October), Lyon Urban Trail (in April), Ultra Boucle de la Sarra (in May) and the mythical Sainté-Lyon (in December).
Lyon has 550 sports clubs with120,000 members, as well as 220,000 people doing various sports for leisure in both formal and informal settings, taking advantage of the opportunities offered by the city’s parks, the banks of the Rhône and Saône, and other public areas. Lyon is a city that makes sports accessible to everyone!
Stade des Lumières