Stade Le Canonnier
|Stade Le Canonnier|
|View of the west stand opened in 1999|
|place||Rue du Stade 33 7700 Mouscron , Belgium
|Coordinates||50 ° 44 '1.7 " N , 3 ° 12' 40" E|
|First game||Excelsior Mouscron - Cercle Bruges|
The Stade Le Canonnier was the football stadium of the Belgian football club Excelsior Mouscron . The club had to stop playing at the end of 2009. Mouscron is in the province of Hainaut in the Wallonia region . The stadium is located in the middle of a residential area and has a capacity of 10,571 spectators. The stands offer 6,636 seats, 1,210 VIP seats, 20 private boxes and three VIP lounges . There is also an anti-fatigue pool and a 300 square meter fitness studio . Today the venue is used by the Royal Excel Mouscron football club , which was promoted to the Belgian first division in the 2014/15 season . The association was created in January 2010 through the merger of Excelsior Mouscron with RRC Péruwelz.
Since 1930 Excelsior has been playing under the name Stade Mouscronnois on a pitch without grandstands. Two years later, thanks to generous donors, the venue was opened with a main grandstand on August 21, 1932. On this occasion there was the friendly match between Excelsior Mouscron and Cercle Bruges .
In 1947 the first covered grandstand was built. Little was changed in the stadium until the 1970s. The first floodlight system was installed at the stadium in 1973 and in 1979 the changing rooms and the catering facilities were renewed . A thorough renovation began only when Excelsior was promoted to the third division in Division 3 in 1990 .
With the renovation, the east stand was built and the floodlights replaced. For the opening of the audience on October 21, 1991, Excelsior Standard Liège invited to a friendly game. After only a year Mouscron rose to Division 2 and in 1996 you came to the First Division . In order to meet the requirements of the Jupiler League , the standing room in the north was removed and the south stand was expanded. In addition, the changing rooms were renewed and a restaurant, an entrance hall and a fan shop were set up. In the first season of the first division, they qualified for the UEFA Cup .
With the sporting rise, the expansion of the sports facility continued. In 1999 the old main grandstand was demolished and an ultra-modern grandstand (west) was built. A fitness center and a rehab swimming pool have been set up for the players . For the fans there were VIP boxes, business seats and an area with 350 seats for children under 12 years of age. As in the Berlin Olympic Stadium and the Gelsenkirchen Veltins Arena, there is a stadium chapel in the grandstand .
Due to its location, the parking space around the stadium is limited and expansion is hardly possible. The stadium is difficult to reach and there are traffic jams during games. There were also arguments with residents who felt disturbed. So it was thought about building a new stadium at the Excelsior Futurosport training center. Due to the insolvency and the exclusion on December 28, 2009 from the Jupiler League, these plans became obsolete.
The Royal Excel Mouscron football club made it to the Belgian first division in 2014 . After four and a half years of absence, the Stade Le Canonnier is back to top division matches.
- Stadium on the Royal Excel Mouscron website (French)
- Stade Le Canonnier - Mouscron (Moeskron)
- Page with many stadium photos from November 2009 (French)
- Visitor report from 2000
- Picture of the old and new main stands (French)
- ↑ excel-foot.be: Stadium on the website of Royal Excel Mouscron (French)
- ↑ de.soccerway.com: Stadium information
- ↑ focus.de Mouscron excluded from the Belgian league. Report from December 28, 2009, accessed on January 12, 2010