Montpellier - Stade Yves-du-Manoir

View from the Murrayfield Stand

Montpellier Herault Rugby play in the Top 14, France's premier rugby union division. The side are one of the top French sides, usually finishing around the top of the table and competing in the European Cup. They play home fixtures at the Stade Yves du Manoir, in the Southern Suburbs of the Mediterranean city of Montpellier.

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The Stade Yves du Manoir was opened in 2007, and has a capacity of just under 15,000. It was named after the young French international Yves du Monior, who died aged just 24 in a plane accident in 1928

Montpellier's ground is a fully-enclosed bowl shape, which keeps the noise in and allows for a great atmosphere to be created. Unusually, each of the four stands in the Yves du Manoir are named after famous rugby stadiums across the globe.

Along the sidelines you'll find the Eden Park Stand, which holds just over 4,000 specators and on the other side is the Ellis Park Stand. At either end are the Murrayfield (capacity 2,300) and Twickenham (2,500) stands. The majority of the tickets at the stadium are for the seated areas, but there is some standing face to the front of the Eden Park and Murrayfield stands. Prices vary significantly around the ground, with the cheapest seats found behind the goal, whilst the priciest are in the centre of the Eden and Ellis Park stands. Hardly surprising that.

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By Car

If you are driving, from the A9 motorway take exit 31 signposted 'Montpellier-West'. There will be signs to the stadium from there on, and there is some parking at the stadium (approximately 1,000 spaces).

By Tram

Montpellier has an excellent tram system that runs until midnight. To get to the stadium, take Line 2 in the direction of Sabine Saint Jean de Vedas. Get off at the 'Sabines' stop, where you can walk (just under 1km) to the ground or catch a shuttle bus.

Tickets can be bought from the stations, or at any newsagents. Daily passes are a good shout if you're going to be making more than two journeys.

By Train

The main train station in Montpellier is St Roch, which is just to the South of the City Centre. High-speed services operate to destinations including Paris (3h 20mins), Lyon (1h 45m), Nîmes (30m), Marseille (2h 10m), Toulouse (2h 50m) and Perpignan (1h 30m). An international service also operates daily to Barcelona (4h 20m). 

By Air

Given the size of the City, it can be a bit tricky flying to Montpellier without too much hassle. The good TGV links mean that you are sometimes better looking further afield with good train connections that getting several flights, but here are a few options for flying into the area.

Montpellier Méditerranée Airport

The airport in Montpellier is only 7km from the City Centre, and offers scheduled flights to London (Gatwick), Lyon, Nantes, Paris (CDG and Orly) and Rome (Fiumicino).

As it's only a short hop a shared taxi won't be overly expensive, or you can get a shuttle bus from the terminal to the Place de l'Europe tram station, for connections into the City Centre proper.

Nîmes Airport

Just under 60km from Montpellier, Nîmes offers an alternative means of getting to a match here. It's a bit on the small side mind, so unless you are flying from London (Luton) you will have to get a connecting flight.

Beziers Airport

Béziers airport is around 65km from Montpellier along the Mediterranean coast, and is another Ryanair-dominated airport. Scheduled flights operate to destinations including Bristol, Edinburgh, London (Luton), Manchester, Paris (Beauvais) and Southampton.

View from the Twickenham Stand

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In The Ground

The club use a preloaded card system for all food and drinks, and the Murrayfield End is home to several outdoor bars, the club shop and food outlets.

Before/After the Game

This part of France is famed for its wine, red, white and rosé so connoisseurs will do well here.

If you're after something a bit more Celtic there are two Irish bars in Montpellier, Fitzpatrick's at Place Saint Côme and O'Carolans on Rue du Petit Scel. Both specialise in live sports if you need to catch another fixture on the box.

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  • To combine your love of rugby and good food, check out La Chistera, owned by local hero and French fly-half Francois Trinh-Duc.
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  • You can stay right in the thick of things real to the Place de la Comedie at a variety of hotels. The 2-star Hotel de la Comedie is next door, whilst the Art-Deco 3-star Grand Hotel du Midi and the Hotel Nova are nearby.

  • If you prefer the chain hotels, the Best Western Eurociel and Ibis Montpellier Centre are all within easy reach.

  • For those who require the finer things in life, the 4-star Pullman Antigone offers a City Centre hotel with a swimming pool, which should come in very handy during the winter European fixtures.

  • Early train out of town, or on a budget? Le Strasbourg is within easy reach of the stations and the City Centre.

  • If for whatever reason you want to stay near the stadium rather than centrally, the aparthotel SAS Park and Suites or bed and breakfast Clos de l'Herminier are nearby.
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Montpellier is a lovely spot on the Mediterranean coast, and as the eighth largest city in France has lots going on.

  • The Place de la Comédie is the main square in Montpellier, a good spot to meet, eat, drink and people-watch. 

  • The City Centre is easy to get around on foot, and there are lots of historic sites and architecture to explore, as well as the bars and restaurants (we know what you are like at times, rugby fans)!

  • Absorb some art at the Museé Fabre in the City Centre where you'll find sculptures, paintings and ceramics from across Europe.

  • If you are also a follower of the 'other' brand of football you'll find top-flight soccer at Montpellier HSC who play at the Stade de la Mosson. Most matches are played on Saturday evenings, although they may be moved to Sundays if televised.

Key Information

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A New Era

  • Montpellier used to play home fixtures at the smaller Stade Sabathé in the City, until 2007 when they moved to the new ground. 

  • The Yves-du-Manoir cost £63m to construct.

  • During the 2007 Rugby World Cup, the Australian national team stayed in Montpellier and used the newly-opened stadium, though competition fixtures were played at the larger soccer ground the Stade de la Mosson.

A Recent Addition 

  • Unlike the majority of French club sides who have a history going back many years, Montpellier Herault only came into being in 1986 when two sides in the City opted to merge.

  • In their short history, Montpellier have been promoted to the Top 14 (2003) and have held their own in the top flight.

Top 14 Success

  • In their short history, Montpellier have been promoted to the Top 14 (2003) and have held their own in the top flight.

  • In 2011, the side picked up their first French title with a 15-10 victory over Stade Francais in Paris.

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